The Calgary Stampede has put rodeo front and center for the world this week, with its two-million-dollar purse. Although the money doesn’t count for Canadian or world standings, it can make a big difference in a competitors’ bottom line. Plus it gives those invited a chance to catch their breath and stay in one place for a few days.

As Pool A wrapped up Monday, Canadians made a great showing. Layton Green placed every day in the saddle bronc riding, including a great 91.5 point ride on Stampede Warrior, the same horse that helped him to second place at the Ponoka Stampede just a few days earlier.

“I knew after Ponoka I felt like I could’ve rode her a little bit better, and it felt even better today,” Layton commented.

“She rolled out of there today, and got it on right there. It was a great feeling, one of the best feeling rides ever. There’s not very many that feel that good, that jump that high in the air, and hang there for you. That’s what bronc riding’s about, and when you get the ones that feel like that, nothing in the world beats it,” he grinned.

Green wound up with $13,000 to be the high man in Pool A. But Canadian champion Clay Elliott was only $1,000 behind, to also advance in Pool A. He placed three of the four rounds, and won the third one on Quittin’ Time.

Bareback riders Ky Marshall and Jake Vold both figured in the winning regularly, and Marshall got the bye to Sunday with $11,000, while Vold made the cut with $9,000.

It was an amazing few days for steer wrestler Tanner Milan at his hometown show. He won the first three days outright, to collect $16,500.

“It’s been pretty awesome,” said Milan. “In 2015, I won two in a row and split one, but I’ve never won three rounds right out by myself.”

Ponoka’s Brock Butterfield also got out of Pool A, with his $9,000 in winnings.

Canada’s number one barrel racer, Kirsty White, was thrilled to win her first ever go-round trophy bronze at the Stampede, on her great mare Racey.

“If I do my job, she just so does hers,” said the Big Valley cowgirl. “She feels really good in this arena. It took her a few years to get this way. Now she’s 11, and she just seems like she’s getting way more versatile, very dependable.”

White collected $15,000 to finish second in Pool A and move on to Showdown Sunday.

Jordan Hansen finished in the crying hole for Pool A bull riding and will be back for Wildcard Saturday. There were no Canadian tie-down ropers in Pool A.

Now competing for the Maple Leaf in Pool B are bareback riders Clint Laye and Orin Larsen; defending and two-time Stampede bronc riding champion Zeke Thurston; bull riders Tanner Byrne, Cody CoverchukTyler Pankewitz, and Brock Radford; tie down ropers Morgan Grant, Logan Bird, Al Bouchard, and Lee Rombough; steer wrestler Cody Cassidy and barrel racer Nancy Csabay.

You can keep up with daily Calgary Stampede results and highlights at http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/rodeo/results-and-draws with television coverage on CBC-TV, and SportsNet, as well as live streaming on cbcsports.ca and the Wrangler Network in the United States.

On the pro rodeo scene, contestants helped the community of Benalto celebrate the 100th edition of the Stampede, while also journeying to rodeo country in Coronation. Bareback riders Kyle Bowers and Clint Laye placed at both shows. In the saddle bronc, Justin Berg won Benalto and also got a Coronation cheque. Team ropers Keely and Logan Bonnett were second at Coronation and third at Benalto. It was a good weekend for Clayton Smith, who took first at Benalto and split second at Coronation. Madelyn Schauer was the lone barrel racer to catch cash at both stops, while Tyrell Ward accomplished the same feat in the bull riding.

South of the line, over the fourth of July run, some big wins helped Canadians improve their lot in the world standings.

Orin Larsen’s name showed up pretty regularly in the bareback payout list. Some of his biggest cheques came from winning Vernal, UT ($3,017) and splitting fourth at Cody, WY ($3,010). But his riding also netted earnings from Greeley, Red Lodge, and Estes Park for another $2,503. He’s moved up to 12th in the world standings.

Team ropers Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler covered a lot of ground in the last couple of weeks, but it’s been paying off. Some of their biggest hits came at Cody ($3,958), Oakley City ($3,912), and Estes Park ($3,687), but they also caught another $3,300 from Vernal and St. Paul. The PRCA called Simpson the 5th highest Cowboy Christmas timed event money winner ($22,649), followed by Tanner Milan ($22,555) in 6th, and then Jeremy Buhler ($21,921). Meanwhile in the world standings, Simpson has jumped to 9th among headers, while Buhler is 11th for heelers in the world.

Clay Ullery and Riley Wilson placed in the St. Paul team roping ($2,681), while Kolton Schmidt and Dugan Kelly caught a small cheque in Estes Park.

Canada’s top saddle bronc rider this season, Layton Green, is making waves on both sides of the border. He won Estes Park ($5,330) and was second at Molalla ($3,111) and also placed at St. Paul ($1,170). Combined with his Canadian July first earnings, the PRCA considered Green the highest roughstock money earner over Cowboy Christmas with his $25,900 over the ten days. He’s now up to eighth in the world. (Jake Vold was 7th on the list at $20,583, and Zeke Thurston was 9th at $18,448)

Fellow bronc riders Clay Elliott ($2,191) and Sam Kelts ($4,050) did some placing, while Zeke Thurston split first at Prescott ($4907) and Jake Watson was second at Livingson ($3,265)

In the steer wrestling, Scott Guenthner clicked at Wolf Point ($3,328) and Red Lodge ($2,933), with Tanner Milan getting some cash, including a big hit at St. Paul ($6,575) and a small one ($733) at Red Lodge.

Tie-down roper Kirk Robinson had a good show at St. Paul ($3,844) finishing fourth in the average, while Logan Hofer was third at Mandan ($1,960). Canadian champion Jordan Hansen finished third in the bull riding at Molalla ($2,237). Others to get some smaller placings included Mike Solberg, Dantan Bertsch and Wyatt Thurston.

Bull rider Dakota Buttar will be taking another month off, after suffering a punctured lung at the Calgary Stampede. Some other nagging injuries as well helped make the decision to allow for more recovery time.

There was much sadness and surprise during the Calgary Stampede with word of the passing of the legendary Winston Bruce. A Canadian and World Saddle bronc champion, a member of both the Pro Rodeo and the Canadian Rodeo Halls of Fame, and a longtime manager at the Calgary Stampede, Bruce would have been 80 this fall. He attended rodeos at both Airdrie and Ponoka just the week before. Bruce’s absence will be especially felt by many young competitors that he continued to mentor in their careers. His contributions to rodeo from both the competitors end as well as the stock contracting and production end will be a lasting legacy.

Teepee Creek is the lone Canadian rodeo on the pro schedule this weekend.

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