2011 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede Show Band - 2011 Calgary Stampede Rather than get myself in trouble writing about my experiences at the 2011 Calgary Stampede, I'm going to (mostly) let the pictures speak for themselves.

Logan Hodson - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Steven Dent - 2011 Calgary Stampede

It's not often that you see Kelly Timberman with this look on this face, but he inexplicably won no money and finished last in Pool A.

Kelly Timberman - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Ryan Gray - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Kaycee Feild - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Jeffery Willert - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Jim Berry - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Austin Meier - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Shane Proctor - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Devon Mezei - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Pop Evil gave Ryan McConnel all he could handle, but McConnel held on for the day win. Later when he was being interviewed, he said that the altitude on the jumps was a problem because he's scared of heights.

Ryan McConnel - 2011 Calgary Stampede

For this picture of Cody Whitney, desperate for a different angle, I knelt beneath a set of bleachers as the fans above dropped peanut shells on me. Anything for the shot though, right?

Cody Whitney - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Wesley Silcox - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Cody Taton - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Joe Gunderson - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Bobby Mote - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Jesse Torkelson - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Deb Renger - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Angie Meadors - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Ethen Thouvenell - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Shane Hanchey - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Lindsay Sears - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Sherrylynn Johnson - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Lauren Byrne - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Clint Cooper - 2011 Calgary Stampede

After being effectively limited to one shooting position for 3 days, I was pretty frustrated and started to pack for an early trip home. But as I looked at the stock draw for Monday's performance, I noticed a couple of my buddy John Growney's horses had made the trip all the way from Red Bluff, so I decided that I'd stay to get some pictures of their Canadian adventure. And an adventure it was, with Kaycee Feild winning on Beaver Fever and Tilden Hooper taking second on Raggedy Ann. Davey Shields Jr. had a wild ride on Red Headed Stepchild, but finished out of the money.

Kaycee Feild - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Tilden Hooper - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Davey Shields Jr. - 2011 Calgary Stampede

A nice side effect to staying to shoot the Growney Brothers broncs was that the arena was flooded in a storm the night before, everything turned into a muddy version of Slip-N-Slide:

Lindsay Sears - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Matt Shiozawa - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Dane Hanna - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Dane Hanna - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Jule Hazen - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Joleen Seitz - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Billy Bugenig - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Billy Bugenig - 2011 Calgary Stampede

And because my lack of rodeo fashion has come under constant fire this year, I present to you Cody Whitney:

Cody Whitney - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Some early clips:

Billy Bugenig - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Matt Reeves - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Tuf Cooper - 2011 Calgary Stampede

Billy Bugenig - 2011 Calgary Stampede