By James Tubb
Alberta Newspaper Group
Medicine Hat’s 2022 rodeo season was bucked into action last weekend.
Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede hosted its Broncs and Honky Tonks spring rodeo April 22-24 at the Cypress Centre field house in front of sold-out crowds the last two performancesWyatt Gleeson from Sundre took home $1,690.12 for first place in bull riding, registering 86 points on Duane Kesler’s bull ‘566 Ground N Pound. Zane Lambert finished only two points behind Gleeson and took home $1,398.72.
Suzanne Depaoli was the big winner of the weekend, as she took home $2,268.80 after taking first place in the ladies barrel racing competition with a time of 12.65 seconds. Bradi Whiteside finished second with a close time of 12.76 seconds, taking home $2,014.48.
Wyatt Hayes of Granum won the tie-down roping competition with a time of 8.5 seconds to bring home $2,264.70. There was a tie for second place in the same competition with Morgan Grant and Blake Williamson both finishing in nine seconds to win $1,821.60 each.
Kolby Wanchuk took first in saddle bronc riding with 85.5 points for a take home of $1,480.22. Ben Andersen came in second with 83 points and a take-home of $1,225.01.
Clint Laye won the bareback bronc riding competition with 82.5 points and took home $1,422.97. Michael Solberg finished second by half a point to take home $1,177.63.
Dawson and Dillon Graham were a top the team roping competition with a time of 4.3 seconds, giving them a take-home of $1,913.37 each.
Nash Loewen was the top junior steer rider with 77.5 points, securing a take-home of $343.37.37.
The Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede’s next event is the World Professional chuckwagon races on June 16-19.