2023 Rodeo Competitors
2023 Rodeo Competitors

Buckle up, the 2023 Stampede Rodeo is bigger and better than ever

Calgary – Get ready to hold your breath for 8 seconds straight – over and over again – as the best rodeo athletes in the world descend on GMC Stadium for Stampede 2023.

New for this year’s Stampede, an expanded format will feature 30 of the top athletes in each event, broken into three hotly contested pools. The top four athletes in each pool will advance to Showdown Sunday, earning the chance to take a run at the Championship!

“We’re excited to continue to grow The World's Largest Outdoor Rodeo, expanding to 30 contestants in each event for the 2023 Stampede Rodeo,” says Kristina Barnes, Manager of Agriculture & Western Events for the Calgary Stampede. “The Calgary Stampede traditionally attracts the best-of-the-best when it comes to competitors, and this year we’re thrilled to showcase even more of the biggest and best names in the sport.”

The Calgary Stampede is proud to announce the full lineup of athletes who have been invited to compete over 10 action packed days for a shot at becoming 2023 Calgary Stampede Champions.

From multi-event superstar Stetson Wright competing in both Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding, to local sister duo Kylie and Bradi Whiteside racing for family bragging rights and big money in Barrel Racing – the field is packed with the biggest and best names in the sport of Rodeo.

The Whitesides aren’t the only athletes keeping it in the family. The Saddle Bronc event sees Alberta’s Logan Hay, the 2022 Champ, once again joined in the event by brother Dawson. Stetson Wright will be hoping for an all-family final four where he can go head-to-head with his brothers Ryder and Statler, as well as their uncle Spencer Wright.

Bull Riding should be a less contentious topic of conversation for the Wright family, but Stetson is in for steep competition with a field that includes seven-time World Champion, Sage Kimzey, Kimzey’s brother Trey, reigning Canadian Champion Jared Parsonage and 2022 Stampede co-Champion, Dakota Buttar.

Control, attention to detail and close partnership between horse and rider will be key when Barrel Racing takes center stage. Kassie Mowry has the time to beat as the reigning Stampede Champion and current record holder for the fastest time. She’ll be joined by four-time World Champion Hailey Kinsel and Alberta native, Nancy Leischner. Leischner and her horse Trooper recently earned a spot through the 2023 Calgary Stampede Barrel Racing qualifier.

A stacked slate of Steer Wrestlers includes current World Champion Tyler Waguespack and 2022 Stampede Champion Will Lummus. In the Tie Down Roping, 2022 Calgary Stampede Champion Caleb Smidt will have to be fast if he wants to make it two in a row, while three-time Stampede Champion Cory Solomon will be working towards his fourth title.

Competition in the Bareback Riding doesn’t feature any sibling pairs, but it won’t lack for big rides and big scores. The talented field includes six-time World Champion Kaycee Feild, reigning World Champ Jess Pope, and 2022 Stampede Champion Rocker Steiner. Matched up with the best broncs in the business, every ride is sure to have you on the edge of your seat!

Beginning daily at 1:30 p.m., the 2023 Stampede Rodeo is a must-see Stampede experience. Tickets for the Rodeo are now available and include admission to Stampede Park on the day of the event. For the best seats in the house, visit CalgaryStampde.com/tickets.

The Stampede Rodeo is also broadcast daily at 1:30 p.m. MT in Canada on Rogers Sportsnet One and livestreamed on Sportsnet Now. Viewers in the United States can watch live daily on The Cowboy Channel, with the livestream on Cowboy Channel Plus. The Cowboys Rangeland Derby can also be viewed each night beginning at 8:30 p.m. MT on Rogers Sportsnet One and livestreamed on Sportsnet Now.

Bareback Riding – Presented by: Bennett Jones
Tanner Aus

Caleb  Bennett

Leighton Berry

Clayton Biglow

Ty Breuer

Taylor Broussard

Richmond Champion

Mason Clements

Cooper Cooke

Kaycee Feild

Cole Franks

Jacek Frost

Cole Goodine

RC Landingham

Orin Larsen

Clint Laye

Jacob Lees

Bradlee Miller

Tim O'Connell

Sam Petersen

Jess Pope

Cole Reiner

Jayco Roper

Chad Rutherford

Garrett Shadbolt

Kade Sonnier

Rocker Steiner

Ty Taypotat

Dean Thompson

Luke Thrash

Barrel Racing – Presented by: Calgary Herald
Kelly Allen

Emily Beisel

Jordon Briggs

Bayleigh Choate

Margo Crowther

Jackie Ganter

Sydney Graham

Stevi Hillman

Wenda Johnson

Hailey Kinsel

Summer Kosel

Nancy Leischner

Lisa Lockhart

Taylor Manning

Megan McLeod-Sprague

Shelley Morgan

Kassie Mowry

Molly Otto

Liz Pinkston

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi

Jessica Routier

Dona Kay Rule

Leslie Smalygo

Jimmie Smith

Shelby Spielman

Brittney Sporer

Bradi Whiteside

Kylie Whiteside

Sara Winkelman

Sissy Winn

Tie Down Roping – Presented by: Halliburton
Beau Cooper

Tuf Cooper

Marcos Costa

Blane Cox

John Douch

Cash Enderli

Trevor Hale

Shane Hanchey

Ty Harris

Kincade Henry

Hunter Herrin

Westyn Hughes

Zack Jongbloed

Lane Livingston

Kyle Lucas

Shad Mayfield

Haven Meged

Tyler Milligan

Brushton Minton

Macon Murphy

Michael Otero
Riley Pruitt

Matt Shiozawa

Caleb Smidt

Clayton Smith

Justin Smith

Cory Solomon

Riley Warren

Riley Webb

Marty Yates

Saddle Bronc Riding – Presented by: Cenovus Energy
Ben Andersen

Kole Ashbacher

Damian Brennan

Chase Brooks

Houston Brown

Tanner Butner

Wyatt Casper

Logan Cook

Jacobs Crawley

Brody Cress

Isaac Diaz

Parker Fleet

Leon Fountain

Shorty Garrett

Layton Green

Ross Griffin

Dawson Hay

Logan Hay

Lefty Holman

Sage Newman

Ryder Sanford

Quinten Taylor

Zeke Thurston

Kolby Wanchuk

Brody Wells

Cash Wilson

Ryder  Wright

Spencer Wright

Statler Wright

Stetson Wright

Steer Wrestling – Presented by: Plains
Tucker Allen

Bridger Anderson

Stan Branco

Jesse Brown

Tanner Brunner

Curtis Cassidy

Stephen Culling

Hunter Cure

Cody Devers

Dakota Eldridge

Ty Erickson

Stockton Graves

Scott Guenthner

Nick Guy

Josh Hefner

Kyle Irwin

Stetson Jorgensen

Eli Lord

Will Lummus

Tristan Martin

Dalton Massey

Tanner Milan

Rowdy Parrott

Cash Robb

Timmy Sparing

JD Struxness

Jacob Talley

Dirk Tavenner

Tyler Waguespack

Jonny Webb

Bull Riding – Presented by: WestJet 
Silvano Alves

Jeff Askey

Trey Benton III

Dakota Buttar

Cooper Davis

Josh Frost

Wyatt Gleeson

Ky Hamilton

Jordan Hansen

Trey Holston

Tristen Hutchings

Sage Kimzey

Trey Kimzey

JB Mauney

Lukasey Morris

JC Mortensen

Tristan Parker

Jared Parsonage

Maverick Potter

Koby Radley

Trevor Reiste

Coy Robbins

Chance Schott

Garrett Smith

Daylon Swearingen

Cody Teel

Cullen Telfer

Jestyn Woodward

Stetson Wright

Creek Young

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.

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