Joleen Seitz Advances to Showdown Sunday at the 2011 Calgary Stampede

by Shayna on July 12, 2011

Joleen Seitz, of Savona, BC ended her last day in Pool A on a high note.  Joleen placed 1st in the first go, tied for 3/4 in the second go, was 4th in the third go and won the final go of Pool A making her overall money won $16,500.  This amount also placed her 1st overall in Pool A advancing her to the Showdown Sunday for her chance at $100,000 and the Calgary Stampede Championship.  Joleen has won the $100,000 prize once before at the Stampede (in 2006) so she will be hoping to redo that again this year!

Joleen has been running her main mount Guy at the Stampede.  Guy is 15 years old and isn’t registered.  Joleen has been running barrels on him for about 9 years now.  Guy was voted Ladies Barrel Racing Horse with the Most Heart for 2005 and 2006.   She runs him in a treeless saddle with a Professional Choice saddle pad.  The bit that Joleen runs Guy in has a nose piece with a bar (she isn’t sure on the actual name of it).  With all of the travelling that Joleen does on the rodeo trail she likes to ride every day to keep him legged up and feeling good.  If Guy’s made a few runs then she likes to give him a few days off.

The ground on the last day of Pool A’s competition (Monday, July 11th) was very sloppy but Guy seemed to handle it very well clocking a time of 17.93 to win the go.  This time was very close with their previous times of 17.84, 18.01 and 18.02 (2nd place on Monday was an 18.20 posted by Lauren Byrne).  Regardless of the ground conditions or arena, Joleen likes to ride Guy the same every time and not change her riding style.  Joleen said Guy doesn’t seem to mind running in mud because he normally will always do okay running on it.

There’s no surprise that Joleen’s favourite part of the Stampede is the barrel racing and the prize money that is up for grabs.  Joleen also likes the Stampede because it is exciting, lots of fun and there is always a great crowd.

Joleen along with Deb Renger, Brittany Pozzi and Lindsay Sears are the top 4 money earners from Pool A advancing to Showdown Sunday.  Joleen’s plan for the first run on Sunday is to “hopefully ride good and have a good run.”  Joleen offered a simple but sweet rodeo tip for all of us following:

“Keep your chin up and be thankful for your horse.”

Joleen would like to thank Calgary for being so great and she would also like to thank her family.

You can watch the Stampede live each day on CBC by going here.

For go round draws and results you can go to the Calgary Stampede Official Website here.

Here is the Day 1 Highlights from the Stampede, Joleen won the first go with a time of 17.84 seconds:

 

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