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When Canadians claim half of the big checks this year in Calgary, it has a lot of rodeo fans north of the 49th feeling very patriotic. At the 102nd Calgary Stampede, Canadians Morgan Grant, Dustin Flundra and Scott Schiffner, claimed the big pay checks and beat out the top rodeo competition from the south.
Morgan Grant just turned 25 on July 4th, and now he gets a really big chance to celebrate. The 2013 Canadian Professional Rodeo High Point Champion Morgan Grant, from Granton Ontario, made a clean time of 7.0, beating out the top tie-down ropers in the world; including Tuf Cooper of Decatur TX, Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck ID, and fellow Canadian Curtis Cassidy, of Donalda AB.
In the final performance Pincher Creek’s three-time Canadian Saddle Bronc Champion, Dustin Flundra lucked out big time when he went into a buck off with Wade Sundell of Boxholm, IA. Flundra drew Big Bend Rodeo Company’s Holly Blues (the same horse that Sundell won Thursday’s round on), and scored an 89 point ride, which allowed him to take home the coveted $100,000 check.
Strathmore, AB’s Scott Schiffner also brought his A game into the arena on Showdown Sunday. Aboard Mike Corey’s bull Mr. Buddy, the two-time Canadian champ, 2012 CPRA Cowboy of the Year and now two-time Stampede champion scored an 89.5 ride; which put BC’s Ty Pozzobon into second with a score of 88.
“Today everything just felt right. Last year I was in this same position but I got bucked off.”
With this win, he says he is able forward with a positive momentum. After struggling at some rodeos this season, an epic week in Calgary was just what this cowboy needed.
“Now that Calgary is done, the CFR is my priority,” says Schiffner.
Full results from Showdown Sunday can be found on the Calgary Stampede’s website.