Three Canadian cowboys have reached the semifinals of the 2023 Calgary Stampede. On Sunday, Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta won the Pool A standings by finishing in third place in the saddle bronc. In the bareback, Clint Laye of Cadogan, Alberta finished in third place in the Pool A standings by posting the fourth best score on Sunday. In the tie down roping, Beau Cooper of Stettler, Alberta finished in third place in the Pool A standings by posting the second best time on Sunday.
Thurston’s Sunday score in the saddle bronc was 86.5 points. He was behind Lefty Holman of Visalia, California, who had 89.5 points and Damian Brennan of Injune, Australia, who had 87 points. Thurston led the Pool A standings with $15,000. He advances to the semifinals alongside Holman, Brennan, and Leon Fountain of Corona, New Mexico.
Laye’s Sunday score in the bareback was 82.5 points. He was behind Clayton Biglow of Clements, California (88 points), Tim O’Connell of Zwingle, Iowa (85.5 points), and Caleb Bennett of Corvallis, Montana (83.5 points). Laye was third in the Pool A standings with $11,375. Biglow was the leader with $14,750, and O’Connell was second with $12,500. Bennett also advanced to the semifinals with $10,500.
Cooper’s Sunday time in the tie-down roping was 7.2 seconds. He was tied for second place with Caleb Smidt of Bellville, Texas. Riley Webb of Denton, Texas had the best time of 7.1 seconds. Cooper was third in the Pool A standings with $9,500. He was behind Smidt ($11,250) and Marcos Costa of Iretama, Puerto Rico ($10,000). Also advancing to the semifinals was Webb with $9,000.
In the chuckwagon racing, Obrey Motowylo of Bluffton, Alberta had the fastest time on Sunday of 1:09.61. Chanse Vigen of Calgary, Alberta has the overall best time of 3:33.08 after three days.