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Local cowboy takes second at Calgary Stampede

Thursday, 19 August 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Local cowboy takes second at Calgary Stampede
K’s Thomson of Lundbreck rides Stampede Warrior during showdown Sunday at the 2021 Calgary Stampede. Photo courtesy of K’s Thomson

Local cowboy takes second at Calgary Stampede

By Jenaya Launstein
Community Reporter

Rodeo runs through the veins of K’s Thomson. The Lundbreck cowboy is making a name for himself in the saddle bronc world, following in the footsteps of his father and brother.

K’s began riding broncs at 17 years old, but this season is his first with a pro card, which technically makes him a rookie.

“My whole family’s rodeoed. I started riding steers and roping and stuff when I was younger,” says the 22-year-old.

It’s been an impressive rookie season thus far for K’s, who was interviewed by phone last week while he was preparing for the United States Open Xtreme Bronc Match in Faith, S.D. That evening, he placed fourth in the first round with an 85.5 ride on Disco Inferno, earning $1,086.

So far in 2021, K’s has earned $45,202 and is ranked 19th in the world saddle bronc standings. The top 20 includes great company such as Zeke Thurston, Cody DeMoss, Kolby Wanchuk, and the formidable Wright family.

One of the cowboy’s most successful events this year was none other than the Calgary Stampede. K’s won Day 9 of saddle bronc action with an 88-point ride atop Alberta Moon. He then punched a ride to the finals when he and Brody Cress of Wyoming tied for first in the wild-card round.

Showdown Sunday was a day K’s will likely always remember, as he rode the legendary Stampede Warrior for a score of 89 points, earning him second place and $12,500 at the greatest outdoor show on earth.

“It felt great to be there in the show and proving I was supposed to be,” he says.

Achieving the feat atop Stampede Warrior was the cherry on top.

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“I’ve seen my brother get on that horse a long time ago — she’s been around forever. She’s been awesome, been to the NFR a lot of times and she’s more famous than I was,” says K’s.

He adds that the moment that jump-started his season this year, back in May, was winning the Redding Rodeo in California, where he had an 87.5-point ride on Pearl Necklace. The event was his first-ever big rodeo win.

Less than a month later, his 86-point ride atop No Show Jones had K’s named the champ at the Woodward Elks Rodeo in Woodward, Okla.

The Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho, was another good event for K’s, who placed first in the finals with an 88.5-point ride on Womanizer.

By the end of the season, the Lundbreck talent will have competed in 100 rodeos.

One of his favourite aspects of rodeo is the lifestyle, especially being able to do it however you want. He says you could enter 100, 150 or 10 rodeos if you wanted, travelling from place to place.

His success means he has qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, which will be held Nov. 3 to 7 in Red Deer. The remainder of the season will be spent competing at his best in hopes of making the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

With a two-month break between his last rodeo and the CFR, K’s will be spending his off time at home in Lundbreck.

“Once I get home, it’ll be getting healthy, staying in shape, and ranching, riding horses [and] chasing cows,” he says.

K’s attributes much of his success to his family.

“My family’s the reason I started,” he says. “My brother helped me a lot. Kyle made the Canadian finals 12 or 13 times in bronc riding.… I’ve had a lot of good help.”

Best of luck to K’s Thomson in the remainder of his season!

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