Stephen Culling wins Canadian tour steer wrestling championship

After the Dawson Creek Stampede, which finished August 12, Fort St. John's Stephen Culling was near the top of the Finning Canada Pro Tour standings for steer wrestling. With one event left on the scheudle, in Armstrong, Culling's goal was to finish the tour on top of the standings and earn entry into the 2019 Calgary Stampede. It came down to the final day of the tour, but Culling achieved his goal. 

Culling didn't win any money in Armstrong, which went August 29 to September 1. However, because he was in the top 10, he qualified for the Finning Canada Pro Tour Finals, also in Armstrong, on September 2. He came in third, won $1,200, and finished the tour in first place with 645 points, 40 more than Craig Wiesgerber of Ponoka, who finished second. 

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Other Peace Region cowboys in the Finning tour included Hudson's Hope riders Jake Watson and Ricky Warren, who placed eighth and 10th in saddle bronc, respectively. Clayton Moore of Pouce Coupe was 13th of 66 in steer wrestling, while Jacob Gardner finished 42nd. Moore was also the 57th ranked team roping heeler, while Gardner was also the 21st place bull rider. Chelsea Moore placed 42nd out of 98 competitors in barrel racing. 

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