Calgary – The Calgary Stampede is proud to officially reveal the names of the 120 rodeo superstars who have been invited to compete at Stampede 2018, July 6-15. Among them is 23-yearold Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta, who has his sights set on capturing a record breaking fourth straight Calgary Stampede Saddle Bronc Championship.

“Zeke Thurston has the opportunity to make an incredible mark in Stampede history, but it won’t be easy,” says Kynan Vine, Manager of Western Events. “He is just one of many incredible competitors from Canada, the United States and Brazil who will be riding for a share of more than $2 million in prize money at this year’s Calgary Stampede.”

All six 2017 Calgary Stampede champions will return in 2018 to defend their titles at the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. They will be joined by the best-of-the-best in the world of rodeo, from the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Professional Bull Riders. 

Canadian rodeo fans will be excited to see the return of veterans such as local bull rider Scott Schiffner, a Canadian and Stampede Champion and brothers Curtis and Cody Cassidy of Donalda, Alberta. Canada is also well represented by talented young riders such as Jake Vold, Clay Elliott, Layton Green and Zane Lambert. In Ladies Barrel Racing, 2017 Canadian Champion Carman Pozzobon of B.C. joins Diane Skocdopole of Big Valley, Alberta as the lone Canadians in the group of 20 extremely skilled horsewomen.  

“It’s great to see so much home grown talent,” says Justin Denis, Calgary Stampede Rodeo committee chair, adding “We call it the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for a reason. You will truly see the best in the world compete in Calgary over 10 days this July.”

The full 2018 Calgary Stampede Rodeo contestant list is below, and can also be found on CalgaryStampede.com.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Calgary Stampede, and can be purchased at CalgaryStampede.com

2018 Calgary Stampede Rodeo Contestants:
 
Saddle Bronc Riding
Justin Berg – Marwayne, AB  
Hardy Braden - Welch, OK  
CoBurn Bradshaw – Milford, UT  
Jacobs Crawley – Boerne, TX  
Sterling Crawley – Stephenville TX
Brody Cress – Hillsdale, WY  
Cody DeMoss - Heflin, LA  
Isaac Diaz – Desdemona, TX  
Clay Elliott – Nanton, AB  
Layton Green - Meeting Creek, AB
Dusty Hausauer – Dickinson, ND
Sam Kelts – Millarville, AB  
Taos Muncy – Corona, NM  
Audy Reed – Spearman, TX  
Cort Scheer – Elsmere, NE  
Wade Sundell - Coleman, OK  
Zeke Thurston - Big Valley, AB  
Jake Wright – Milford, UT  
Ryder Wright- Milford, UT  
Rusty Wright – Milford, UT  
 
Bareback Riding
Tanner Aus - Granite Falls, MN
Caleb Bennett – Tremonton, UT
Clayton Biglow – Clements, CA 
Ty Breuer – Mandan, ND
Jake Brown - Cleveland ,TX
Richmond Champion – Dublin, TX
Mason Clements – Santaquin, UT
Wyatt Denny – Minden, NV
Steven Dent – Mullen, NE
Kaycee Feild - Elk Ridge, UT
Cole Goodine – Carbon, AB
Seth Hardwick – Laramie, WY
Tilden Hooper - Weatherford, TX
RC Landingham - Hat Creek, CA
Orin Larsen – Inglis, MB
Clint Laye – Cadogan, AB
Tim O'Connell - Zwingle, IA
Bill Tutor – Huntsville, TX
J.R. Vezain – Cowley, WY
Jake Vold – Airdrie, AB
 
Ladies Barrel Racing
Taci Bettis - Round Top, TX
Kelly Bruner – Millsap, TX
Kellie Collier - Hereford , TX
Ivy Conrado – Hudson, CO
Callahan Crossley – Hermiston, OR
Jaime Hinton – Bulverde, TX
Hailey Kinsel – Cotulla, TX
Nicole Laurence – Cresson, TX
Lisa Lockhart - Oelrichs , SD
Nellie Miller – Cottonwood, CA 
Amberleigh Moore – Salem, OR
Tillar Murray - Fort Worth, TX
Ericka Nelson - Century , FL
Carman Pozzobon – Aldergrove, BC
Carley Richardson – Pampa, TX
Jessica Routier – Buffalo, SD
Tiany Schuster - Krum, TX
Diane Skocdopole -  Big Valley, AB
Kylie Weast - Comanche, OK
Carmel Wright – Roy, MT
 
Steer Wrestling
Curtis Cassidy – Donalda, AB 
Cody Cassidy - Donalda , AB 
Cole Edge – Humboldt, IA
Dakota Eldridge – Elko, NV
Ty Erickson - Helena, MT
Chason Floyd – Ludlow, SD
Scott Guenthner – Consort, AB
Olin Hannum – Malad, UT
Kyle Irwin – Robertsdale, AL
Brendan Laye – Consort, AB
Tanner Milan – Cochrane, AB
Straws Milan - Cochrane, AB 
Rowdy Parrott – Mamou, LA
Tyler Pearson – Independence, LA
Jon Ragatz - Beetwon, WI
Matt Reeves – Cross Plains, TX
Baylor Roche- Tremonton, UT
J. D. Struxness – Appleton, MN
Jason Thomas - Archer City, TX
Tyler Waguespack – Gonzales, LA
 
Tie Down Roping
Logan Bird – Nanton, AB
Al Bouchard – Scandia, AB 
Trevor Brazile – Decatur, TX
Tuf Cooper – Weatherford, TX
Marcos Costa – Parana, BRA
Blane Cox – Cameron, TX
Morgan Grant - Didsbury, AB
Shane Hanchey – Sulphur, LA
Ryan Jarrett – Comanche, OK
Kyle Lucas – Carstairs, AB
Cooper Martin – Alma, KS
Timber Moore - Aubrey, TX
Jake Pratt – Ellensburg, WA
Matt Shiozawa – Chubbuck, ID
Caleb Smidt – Bellville, TX
Cory Solomon - Prairie View, TX
Cade Swor – Chico, TX
Stetson Vest – Childress, TX
Riley Warren – Stettler, AB
Marty Yates – Stephenville, TX
 
Bull Riding
Eduardo Aparecido – Goias, BRA
Trey Benton III - Rock Island, TX
Todd Chotowetz – Major, SK
Cooper Davis – Buna, TX
Ramon de Lima - Sao Paulo, BRA
Luciano De Castro - Ribeira Dos Indios, BRA
Joe Frost – Randlett, UT
Marcos Gloria – Edmonton,  AB
Jordan Hansen - Calgary, AB
Sage Steele Kimzey - Strong City, OK
Derek Kolbaba - Walla Walla, WA
Zane Lambert – Ponoka, AB
Jess Lockwood - Volborg, MT
Cole Melancon – Batson, TX
Chase Outlaw - Crossett, AR
Scott Schiffner – Strathmore, AB 
Garrett Smith - Rexburg, ID
Fabiano Vieira – Perola, BRA 
Ty Wallace – Collbran, CO
Stormy Wing – Dalhart, TX
 
About the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
 
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