By Tiffany Williams
for the Review
Local cowboy Dean Edge roped in what is dubbed the ‘greatest outdoor show on earth,’ the Calgary Stampede. Edge made it all the way to the top four during championship Sunday earning $21,000.
“I’m really happy and satisfied. It was not necessary beyond my expectation but I was happy to compete with the best and beat them,” said Edge.
During the tournament-style round robin, Edge roped times of 7.8, 7.9 and a 7.4 seconds. On July 11, the final day of Pool B action, he won the round and earned $5,000. After the rodeo he went up on the grandstand stage and with a smile from ear to ear he was presented a bronze statue for winning the day. Once he made his way offstage he had the chance to sign autographs on his own trading cards.
“It was awesome, we got to give the cards to the kids and they thought it was the best thing going it was pretty cool to do that,” he said.
Going into Championship Sunday he was tied for the 2/3 place with $11,000. On Sunday afternoon he roped a 7.0.
“It was really good that was the fastest that I had ever had, it’s a new personal best for me,” said Edge. “I was super happy with my run and when you are competing against that field you still don’t know if that’s good enough. It’s a helleva feeling and when you walk out of the arena you just hope the next competitor doesn’t beat you.”
In the final four he was competing against Cody Ohl, Jeff Chapman and Matt Shiozawa. In his final attempt of the rodeo he was just short.
“I was pretty confident, I expected my calf to be a little slower when I came out on him and he was out a little further but I had to throw at him because I had to be six something so I had to throw, I just glanced at the top of his head that’s all,” said Edge.
Edge received a no time in the final. Ohl and Chapman roped in a tiebreaker. Chapman won with a time of 8.3 seconds.
For Edge he says that he learned that he can compete with the best and tie four calves in a row under eight seconds. Two valuable lessons as he continues on the rodeo circuit as he strives to make it back to the Canadian Rodeo Finals in November.