Stephen Culling, Jake Watson, and Clayton Moore off to Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede officially announced the 2019 contestants this morning, and three Peace Region cowboys will be competing in one of the biggest rodeos of the season.

Saddle bronc rider Jake Watson of Hudson's Hope and steer wrestler Clayton Moore of Pouce Coupe will be returning to the big stage. Joining them is Fort St. John's Stephen Culling, making the Stampede for the first time as a result of him winning the 2018 Finning Canada Pro Tour steer wrestling title.

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The 2019 Calgary Stampede goes July 5 to 14.

Jake Watson has had a great start to the 2019 season, as he sits ninth in the PRCA World Standings for saddle bronc, and has brought in $44,982.10 in winnings so far this year.

Culling has had a strong season as well. He won the Fort Worth Stock and Rodeo Show in February, and is currently 10th in the PRCA World Standings for steer wrestling, with $30,907.77 in earnings.

This year's Calgary Stampede field includes 36 Canadians, 10 more than 2018 and the most since 2013.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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