It wasn’t the homecoming Stephen Culling was hoping for, but he enjoyed it nonetheless. The Fort St. John steer wrestler returned home for the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede Aug. 11, finishing his run in just over four seconds, but finishing outside the top 10. Culling tied for fifth in 2016.
“I love coming here, this is as close as I get to a hometown rodeo,” he said.
“I knew that I didn’t have a really good steer this year, he’s ran a lot. That steer, he’s good on the ground but he just runs too much. I got a good start but just ran him too far down the pen.”
Culling won two rodeos in April—the Camrose Spring Rodeo and the Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Rodeo in Medicine Hat—and admits to a slow start to the season.
He currently sits in 31st spot in Steer Wrestling in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Pro Tour.
“It’s been a little slow in the spring but I’m catching up now and still have a good chance to make the finals,” he said. “I need a good couple weeks here coming up, a win will be good.”
Instead of competing in the United States as he normally would this point of year, Culling will instead travel to Jasper, Cranbrook, and Pincher Creek.
“I feel good about Jasper,” Culling said. “The horses are working great and I feel really great. We’ll just run some good cattle and keep winning.”