There will be quality on the track and infield at the Gordon Badger Stadium with the pro rodeo and chuckwagon races, a top notch midway and some fun stuff happening around the venue.
And, as always, Stompede’s beer gardens includes some superior entertainment.
Canadian recording artist Gord Bamford will headline Friday night while veteran country music star John Michael Montgomery is scheduled to perform on Saturday.
Tickets for Friday are $30 and Saturday $35 and are available online at Stompede Online Tickets where you can print them off at home and bring to the event to be scanned at the door or you can purchase through the Crystal Centre Box Office at www.crystalcentre.com and pick them up at their Box Office.
Pouce Coupe steer wrestler Clayton Moore had an incredible week in Edmonton at the 2013 Canadian Finals Rodeo Nov. 6-10, where he finished first overall after six go-rounds to be named the 2013 CFR Steer Wrestling Champion.
“I don’t know if it’s set in yet. It’s pretty overwhelming,” Moore said on Tuesday. “The support that I’ve had has just been amazing. I know Brian [Vermeulen] is just tickled to death. It’s just unbelievable.
“My cousin Timber [Moore] ended up winning calf roping, so it was a really big day for our whole family. Everyone was super excited.”
To earn the title, Moore had five top five finishes in six-go rounds, winning nearly $46,800 over five days to make his total earnings for the year $62,095.23.
If you are first three out of five times there is a good chance you will be near the top of the standings heading into the final day of competition Sunday afternoon.
That is exactly what Pouce Coupe steer wrestler Clayton Moore has done.
After the only 3.4 clocking on the first day of the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton on Wednesday he was alone at the top of the standings. He rattled off a 4.4 on Thursday to fall down the standings and then had a 4.3 for fifth on the day on Friday.
Saturday it was a double-dip with two performances and in each he tied for top spot.
Of the five competitors with Peace Country ties, Clayton Moore of Pouce Coupe is having the best showing at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton after three rounds – with two to go.
Cooper sits in second place in steer wrestling after starting off with the best time of the competition on opening night Wednesday with a 3.3. He was seventh best on Thursday with a 4.4 and then rebounded on Friday with a 4.3 for fifth overall on the day and second overall after the first three days.
Moore, who won $15,341.73 during the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association season, has put another $12,644.03 into his jeans after the first three days of the CFR.
Rodeo fans from the Peace Country taking in the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton this week can save themselves some money.
Instead of purchasing one at the CFR, they can just dig out their 2013 Grande Prairie Stompede program.
Of the 72 competitors in the six major events – bareback, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, tie down roping, ladies barrels and bull riding – 64 of them took part in Stompede last spring. Five of the six major event champions from Stompede are at the CFR.
And five of the CFR competitors this year have Peace Country ties.
Pouce Coupe’s Clayton Moore, in fact, is leading one of the events after the first day of the five-day event Wednesday.
Chuckwagon racing, and more specifically the World Pro circuit, is losing one of its more accomplished competitors.
Hugh Sinclair, a four-time Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby champion, has decided to pack it up after suffering through the worst year of his 26-year driving career. The 47-year-old from Grande Prairie native wouldn’t say if this recess from the extreme sport was going to be permanent or not but he said definitely wouldn’t be racing next year.
“I feel like I had a curse put on me this year,” sighed the winner of 12 shows on the sport’s richest and toughest circuit. “I’ve kind of made a living off these old boys because they can run but you get on a bad track and you can’t run them.
There was a lot on the line on night four of the Battle of the Rockies in Rocky Mountain House Saturday
On a hot 26°C, the racetrack was fast, two world champions would be declared, spots to the Calgary Stampede were on the line, exempt status for the 2014 WPCA Tour and the finalists for Sunday’s winner-take-all final for the 2013Battle of the Rockies Championship would all be determined in a pressure packed night in Rocky Mountain House
Grande Prairie native Rick Fraser won his second career World Chuckwagon Championship by 61.5 points over Kirk Sutherland of Grande Prairie who finished runner-up for the World Championship for the second consecutive year.