Calgary Stampede Champions 2015


Attendance numbers for July 12, 2015:

Stampede attendance, July 12, 2015  106,803
Cumulative attendance for 2015 1,168,509
Same day attendance in 2014 125,262
Cumulative attendance for 2014 1,263,428
Overall decrease 94,919
Same day 5 year average: 115,638

President and Chairman of the Board, Bill Gray and CEO, Warren Connell share some of the highlights of the 2015 Calgary Stampede in the following video:

Rodeo champions for July 12, 2015.

For a complete list of Rodeo results, please visit

Rodeo Event   Competitor   Stock / Contractor   Time / Score
Bareback   Clint Laye   C5 F13  / Virgil   88.00
Bull Riding   Sage Kimzey   CH 021 / Bottle Rocket   92.50
Ladies Barrel Racing   Lisa Lockhart   N/A   17.90
Saddle Bronc   Zeke Thurston   V L8 / Easy To Love   88.50
Steer Wrestling   Trevor Knowles   N/A   3.90
Tie-down Roping   Timber Moore   N/A   8.10

Novice Bronc Riders Take Trophies

Novice Riders at Stampede -
Photo by Mike Copeman

Hometown favorite Connor Hamilton rode his way to the novice bareback riding bronze at the Stampede, after making an 80 point ride Saturday, to go along with the 75.5 from earlier in the Stampede. The former Junior A hockey player only took up rodeo recently, so it was quite an accomplishment to take the title at his first Stampede. Lane Cust of Ardmore claimed the novice saddle bronc honors in his third Stampede appearance, after making a stellar 82 point on his first horse, and then adding in a 77.5 in the Finals.

Tribute to a Bullfighter

Photo by Mike Copeman

On the final Friday of the rodeo bullriders gathered to thank bullfighter Scott Byrne for his years of great service in cowboy protection. Byrne has decided to spend more time at home in Manitoba, and has said this will be his last Stampede.

Boys Steer Riding Champion

Photo by Mike Copeman
Photo by Mike Copeman

Grady Smeltzer left no doubt about his desire to be the 2015 Calgary Stampede steer riding champion. While a 71 point ride got him to Friday’s Finals in that event, only he and Owen Berreth made the whistle on their second steer. Smeltzer, from Claresholm, made an exceptional 86.5 point ride on his, to claim first overall.

GMC Rangeland Derby Champions for July 12, 2015.

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Kurt Bensmiller took the trophy and $100,000 for winning Heat 9 of the Rangeland Derby for the second year in a row. Kelly Sutherland came in second (winning $25,000) followed by Logan Gorst ($15,000) and Vern Nolin ($10,000).

Day Place   Competitor   Advertiser   Total Day time
1   Doug Irvine   B&R Eckel’s Transport Ltd.   1:15.520
2   Rick Fraser   Northwell Oilfield Hauling   1:15.680
3   Kurt Bensmiller   Tsuu T’ina Nation   1:15.740
4   Kelly Sutherland   Air Canada & Tervita   1:16.550

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.