Ponoka Stampede

Miss Ponoka Stampede 2022 Mackenzie Skeels. (Photo by  Michael’s Studio Foto Source)

Ponoka Stampede runs in the family for Mackenzie Skeels

By Carlie Sanderson FOR PONOKA NEWS Mackenzie Skeels was crowned Miss Ponoka…

  • Jun 24, 2022

 

WPCA driver Vern Nolin. (File photo)

Dash for Cash returning to Ponoka Stampede

Chuckwagon racers from all over will once again be descending on Ponoka’s…

  • Jun 23, 2022

 

Alecia Aichelle. (Amy Allmand Photography)

Live music day and night at Ponoka Stampede’s new Big Top Tent Dance Hall

Tent replaces beer gardens and will be located right on the Stampede Grounds

  • Jun 23, 2022

 

Local cowgirl Kim Gerwatoski. (File photo)

A Ponoka Stampede fan favourite, Stampede Showdown fills the stands

There is a reason the Ponoka Stampede is cited as one of…

  • Jun 22, 2022
Local cowgirl Kim Gerwatoski. (File photo)
Aaron Goodvin. (Warner Music Canada)

4 exciting acts on the big stage at this year’s Ponoka Stampede

This year’s entertainment acts are sure to bring Stampede goers to their…

  • Jun 22, 2022
Aaron Goodvin. (Warner Music Canada)
Trick rider Jayna Hale. (Photo by Wildwood Imagery)

Constant entertainment in Ponoka Stampede’s infield

It’s not just rodeo action at the Ponoka Stampede ­­– crowds will…

  • Jun 21, 2022
Trick rider Jayna Hale. (Photo by Wildwood Imagery)
Jayden Calvert. (Photo submitted)

Miss Rodeo Canada feels honoured to take part in ‘triumphant comeback’ of Ponoka Stampede

Jayden Calvert: ‘The Ponoka Stampede is the most highly anticipated professional rodeo in Canada’

Jayden Calvert. (Photo submitted)
Ponoka’s Maddison Pearman competed at the 2022 Olympics. (Instagram photo/ gettysport)

This year’s Ponoka Stampede parade marshal is Olympic speedskater Maddison Pearman

By Carlie Sanderson For Ponoka News Olympic Speedskater Maddison Pearman will be…

  • Jun 20, 2022
Ponoka’s Maddison Pearman competed at the 2022 Olympics. (Instagram photo/ gettysport)
(File photo)

Ponoka Stampede’s Cattle Raffle not just for ranchers

The winner walks away with 50-bred heifers or $75k

(File photo)
Mackenzie Jensen clings to her horse as she shows off a trick, practicing for a performance in Ponoka alongside her partner, Jayna Hale. (Photo by John Watson)

Two Strathmore trick riders to perform at Ponoka Stampede

By John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times Strathmore trick riders…

  • May 16, 2022
Mackenzie Jensen clings to her horse as she shows off a trick, practicing for a performance in Ponoka alongside her partner, Jayna Hale. (Photo by John Watson)
Three Ponoka Lions Club members spoke to town council on May 10. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Three Ponoka Lions Club members spoke to town council on May 10. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Ponoka Lions asks town to take over bus program after loss of major fundraiser

Members of the Ponoka Lions Club came before council on May 10…

Three Ponoka Lions Club members spoke to town council on May 10. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Three Ponoka Lions Club members spoke to town council on May 10. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
First on the auction block, Vern Nolin’s tarp sold for 12,000. (<ins>Photos by</ins> Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
First on the auction block, Vern Nolin’s tarp sold for 12,000. (<ins>Photos by</ins> Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Miss Ponoka Stampede 2019 Naomi Akkermans, right, and Mackenzie Skeels, Miss Ponoka Stampede 2022. (Facebook/Ponoka Stampede)
Miss Ponoka Stampede 2019 Naomi Akkermans, right, and Mackenzie Skeels, Miss Ponoka Stampede 2022. (Facebook/Ponoka Stampede)
The junior jockeys of Flying Cross Ranch race at top speed in front of the grandstand at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. (File photo)

The Ponoka Stampede is on this year and will feature new events

Stampede dates are June 27 to July 3

  • Mar 24, 2022
The junior jockeys of Flying Cross Ranch race at top speed in front of the grandstand at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. (File photo)
(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Wild West Chuckwagon Championship returns chuckwagon action to Ponoka

After falling silent for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,…

  • Sep 16, 2021
(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
2019 Ponoka Stampede rodeo action. (File photo)

2021 Ponoka Stampede was cancelled due to timing

PSA Bruce Harbin says a 2021 Ponoka Stampede would have had ‘gaping holes’

2019 Ponoka Stampede rodeo action. (File photo)
Tyler Bingham from Honeyvile, Utah sits second in the bull riding after posting an 86.75 on June 28, 2019 at the Ponoka Stampede. (File photo)

2021 Ponoka Stampede postponed

Board is optimistic the seven-day rodeo may go ahead in July or August

Tyler Bingham from Honeyvile, Utah sits second in the bull riding after posting an 86.75 on June 28, 2019 at the Ponoka Stampede. (File photo)
UPDATED: 2020 Ponoka Stampede cancelled

UPDATED: 2020 Ponoka Stampede cancelled

Cattle raffle to go ahead, Stampede will return in 2021

UPDATED: 2020 Ponoka Stampede cancelled
Ponoka Stampede’s Gary ‘Doc’ Harbin passed away after a losing battle with cancer. Doc died peacefully in his home surrounded by friends and family.                                File photo

Ponoka Stampede’s Gary ‘Doc’ Harbin passes away

Doc lost his five year battle with cancer but was surrounded by friends and family

Ponoka Stampede’s Gary ‘Doc’ Harbin passed away after a losing battle with cancer. Doc died peacefully in his home surrounded by friends and family.                                File photo
Alberta’s rodeo world was sent into sadness after the passing of Ponoka cowboy Bud Butterfield. This file photo of Bud was taken during the Ponoka Stampede Tarp Auction in 2017 when the association featured Bud on its collectible poster.                                File photo

Ponoka cowboy Vernon (Bud) Butterfield passes away

The Ponoka Stampede Association announced his passing Friday

Alberta’s rodeo world was sent into sadness after the passing of Ponoka cowboy Bud Butterfield. This file photo of Bud was taken during the Ponoka Stampede Tarp Auction in 2017 when the association featured Bud on its collectible poster.                                File photo