Fort St. John's Stephen Culling continues stellar season at Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede

There wasn't even time for a quick home cooked meal for Fort St. John native Stephen Culling.
Arriving from Omak, Washington just in time for a 4.5 second steer wrestling ride in Dawson Creek before the truck was gassed up and hauling down the highway again.
Culling’s time was good enough to tie for 5th place at the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede and despite missing out on the big prize of the day by just .3 seconds, he was happy with the time he put up.
"I made a good run on the steer I had, I was happy with how everything went,” Culling said shortly after his event. “It's always awesome to come home and run one close to home.”

Close to home has been good for Culling the last two summers, as in 2015 he had the best steer wrestling time in Dawson Creek and in the midst of another busy stretch this year, he said it’s welcomed sighed to see all the familiar faces in comfortable confides of the Mile Zero City.

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“It’s as close as I have to a hometown rodeo, lots of friends and family come down for the day, It’s good to see everyone and have a little break for the middle of the summer it’s pretty busy,” Culling said.
The quick turnaround and stop after stop around North America is all part of the life of a rodeo cowboy and Culling is enjoying quite the summer. After the money he locked up in Dawson Creek Sunday, just over $1,000, he is the second ranked steer wrestler in Canada with more than $17,000 in prize money this season. That has all but assured him a spot in the Canada Finals rodeo in November.
"It’s been really good, this should bump me up into the number two spot in Canada and should be safe for a trip to the Canadian Finals,” Culling said. “This will be my first year going so it’s a big year. I’m sure my heart will be beating pretty good my first one there but it’s still no different than every other one you go to. Just same thing.”

Even though those stops will bring him thousands of miles away from his roots, Culling will never forget his younger days when his rodeo career was forged in the grandstands in Dawson Creek.

“Yep, I remember coming (here) before I was competing and watching and spending a few days here every year,” he said.  “I always loved to come and watch the bull dogging and the roping and watch all the pro guys.”

Full Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede rodeo results:

Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Cole Goodine, 83 points on Kesler Rodeo’s 055 Three Wings; Jake Vold, 83 points on Kesler Rodeo’s 921 Alley Drift and Kody Lamb, 83 points on Kesler Rodeo’s 296 Blue Wings, $1895.06 each; 4. (tie) Michael Solberg and Dantan Bertsch, 81, $1011.78 each; 6. Linden Woods, 80.5, $578.16; 7. Kyle Bowers, 79, $481.80; 8. Ky Marshall, 77.5, $385.44; 9. Pascal Isabelle, 76.5, $289.08; 10. (tie) Cole Jamieson and Wyatt Maines, 73.5, $96.36 each

Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Jessie Heggie and Straws Milan, 4.2 seconds, $2221.62 each; 3. Scott Guenthner, 4.5, $1867.44; 4. Cody Cassidy, 4.6, $1609.87; 5. (tie) Stephen Culling, Rowdy Hays and Brendan Laye, 4.7, $1094.71 each; 8. Jesse Lawes, 4.8, $708.34; 9. Quentin Brandon, 4.9, $579.55; 10. Derek Frank, 5.3, $386.37

Team roping: 1. Klay Whyte/Brett Buss, 5.6 seconds, $1805.37 each; 2. Levi Simpson/Rocky Dallyn and Spencer Rutherford/Denver Johnson, 5.8, $1452.15 each; 4. (tie) Travis Gallais/Devin Wigemyr and Chase Simpson/Braidy Davies, 6.1, $931.18 each; 6. Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham, 6.5, $627.96; 7. Kyle Lucas/Riley Warren, 6.8, $392.47; 8. Don DePaoli/Colter DePaoli, 7.0, $156.99

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Layton Green, 88 points on Kesler Rodeo’s 351 Spanish Pair, $2447.97; 2. Clay Elliott, 87.5, $1937.99; 3. Chuck Schmidt, 85.5, $1631.99; 4. Cole Scott, 84.5, $1325.99; 5. Dusty Hausauer, 83.5, $816.00; 6. Audy Reed, 82, $612.00; 7. Lane Cust, 80.5, $510.00; 8. Luke Butterfield, 78, $408.00; 9. Josh Harden, 77.5, $306.00
Ground money: $22.66 each

Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Virgil Poffenroth and Logan Bird, 9.0 seconds, $2270.25 each; 3. (tie) Clayton Smith and Kyle Lucas, 9.1, $1776.76 each; 5. Shane Smith, 9.7, $1381.90; 6. Logan Spady, 10.0, $1118.68; 7. Stacy Cornet, 10.3, $855.45; 8. Randall Carisle, 10.4, $723.85; 9. Lee Rombough, 10.6, $592.24; 10. (tie) Ky Marshall and Blair Smith, 11.6, $197.41 each

Barrel racing: 1. Braidy Howes, 17.949 seconds, $2165.95; 2. Toni Dixon, 17.972, $1841.06; 3. Callahan Crossley, 18.015, $1516.17; 4. Kirsty White, 18.039, $1299.58; 5. Carman Pozzobon, 18.077, $1082.98; 6. Steffanie Mather, 18.173, $758.07; 7. Nina Smith, 18.188, $541.48; 8. Chelsea Moore, 18.225, $433.18; 9. Lynette Brodoway, 18.271, $379.04; 10. Kylie Whiteside, 18.278, $324.89; 11. Nicole Pana, 18.313, $270.74; 12. Colby Gilbert, 18.371, $216.59

Bull riding: 1. Scott Schiffner, 87 points on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s 192 Magic Show, $2120.87; 2. Brock Radford, 85, $1679.02; 3. Wacey Finkbeiner, 80.5, $1413.91
Ground money: $1207.72 each

Novice bareback riding: 1. Danny Vandenameele, 77 points, $659.60; 2. Tanner Young, 75.5, $494.70; 3. Lane Link, 74.5, $329.80; 4. Connor Hamilton, 68, $164.90

Novice saddle bronc riding: 1. Kolby Wanchuk, 76.5 points, $737.20; 2. Dawson Hay, 75, $552.90; 3. Ricky Warren, 74, $368.50; 4. Chase Zweifel, 69.5, $184.30

Steer riding: 1. (tie) Luke Ferber, Justin Maguire, Weston Davidson and Matt Howard, 70 points, $466.81 each

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