10 CLASS TEAM PENNING RESULTS
Kyle Dingreville, Millarville, Alberta
Shane Hamilton,Okotoks, Alberta
Alex Hansen, Chestermere, Alberta
Will Hanson, Carstairs, Alberta
Beau Riedel, Didsbury, Alberta
Bev Mailer, Leslieville, Alberta
Calgary – Sometimes it seems that Team Cattle Penning at the Calgary Stampede is all about chemistry. There’s chemistry in the special rapport between the riders and their horses and there’s the chemistry that makes a team work. For the Grand Champions in the 10 Class on Sunday night, the mixture was just right.
Two of the winning trio – Kyle Dingreville and Shane Hamilton – are used to penning together. Alex Hansen was a new ingredient, but it worked out pretty well. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that Hansen was Grand Champion in the 10 class last year with different teammates, but you never know how it’s going to go until the flag drops. “Sometimes it just clicks,” Hansen says. “We’re a team that clicked.”
270 teams entered the qualifying rounds held in Okotoks, with only 20 going on to the Saddledome. The team came to Calgary third in the standings, moved up to first in the semi-finals and one more solid ride made them Grand Champions. “It feels unreal still,” says Dingreville. “It hasn’t really hit me yet, but it will,” agrees Hansen. “I’m just glad I could have this experience and that I could have it with my friends,” Hamilton smiles. “I’ll always remember this.”
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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 10-day 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.