Cowboys and cowgirls rolling in the cash



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Davey Shields with his daughter, Mercedes, right after his $100,000 win in Bareback at the Calgary Stampede. Inset: Tana Poppino, celebrates her win during Day 10 finals in the Ladies Barrel Racing. Poppino won with a score of 17.42.


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They roped ‘em, rode ‘em, and barrel raced ‘em for grand-prize takings yesterday during the finals of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo.

Twenty-year-old Brian Canter finished first in the Bull Riding competition taking $100,000 home to North Carolina.

Canter said he felt good going into Sunday’s ride and couldn’t have asked for a better bull.

“I got lots of sleep last night and I was all jacked up about it and ready to go. You can’t think about it you just got to go out there and ride your bull,” said Canter who grabbed the big cheque with an 89.5-point ride.

Soon to be a father for a second time, Davey Shields Jr. won the Bareback finals with a score of 87.5. This is Shields’s third time winning the grand prize at the Calgary Stampede — he takes home $100,000.

“Winning three times is unbelievable, I don’t think I’ve ever won any rodeo three times in a row before,” said Shields.

Shields wife is pregnant with a baby boy that’s due today.

“She’s got the bags packed and ready to go,” said Shields. “Tonight my sponsors and I are going back to the motorhome — there’s a ton of beer on ice and we’re going to party like rock stars down by the river,” the Bashaw, Alta., cowboy added.

Cody DeMoss from Louisiana won the Saddle event, Tana Poppino from Oklahoma won the Ladies Barrel Racing, Shawn Greenfield from Oregon won Steer Wrestling and Fred Whitfield from

Texas won Tie-Down Roping.