2016 Wagon Masters

Orval & Betty Sorken 2016

Orvals first job was helping in the office.  Later he began working in the infield announcers booth.  He was stampede president in the 70s.  During his time as president new steel chutes were put up along with a racehorse barn.  A concert was held in 1980 to celebrate Alberta’s 75th Anniversary.  The Stampede was huge then, 3 days of rodeo, wagons, and horse races.  It was busy, a lot of work and a lot of fun.  There was a great amount of pride in the community.

Orval got back into the action in 2005 when the Sorkens donated land for Chuckwagons and camping.  In 2014 Orval was an integral part of moving and restoring the United Church which you see in the infield today.  In 2016 Orval is the head of the 100 Year Committee and hosted a 1930 themed community picnic at Historic Sorkenville, just south of here.

Betty has always been heling at stampede, even as a child; cleaning the grounds, working food booths, and even cleaning outhouses!  She also helped organize the junior stampede.  Bettys dad was president & booth manager. There were always extra jobs to do.

Betty always looked forward to the Indian Horses and wagons coming from Sturgeon Lake for the Stampede travelling through.  All you could see was Teepees and tents from Kleskun to the rodeo grounds.

The rounding up of the bucking stock was always a highlight as well.  The whole family looked forward to stampede each year.

Orval and Betty have always been very proud of each new generation of volunteers that continually do an amazing job.  It is a great honour to be wagon master for the 100th year. Thank You.

Bob & Jean Rycroft 2016

Our History of attending the Teepee Creek Stampede began in our childhood years as we each attended with our parents; Bob & Mildred Rycroft, who raced horses, and George & Nan Fraser.  George and the Fraser brothers in southern Alberta supplied horses to the Calgary Stampede so George was very experienced in helping to set up the stampede.

Up to the time we got married Bobby had not attempted to take part in arena events, so imagine my surprise when I heard the rodeo announcer say “coming out of chute #3, Bob and Paul Rycroft riding a steer!” To make matters worse, the rode facing each other so every time the steer bucked, their heads smashed together.  After many wild lurches, paul had the good sense to jump off but bobby tried to stay on and received a sharp kick in the ribs for his efforts, as he finally bucked off into the dust of the arena.  He still suffers back pain as a result of his one wild ride.  So ended bobs steer riding career.

Bobby continued to help the Sexsmith Elks with their bingo booth, steak fry, pony raffle, etc. Over the years and in the seventies, he and his cousin Butch Rycroft, Our son Bobby Jr, and Merv Bowman started a band that called country sunshine. And the played for stampede dances and related activities whenever they were asked and enjoyed every minute of those good times.



Past Wagon Masters

Nominate a Wagon Master

In the past, members from the community have been recognized for their contributions to the Teepee Creek Stampede and to the Community. If you would like to nominate someone for Wagonmaster for this year's Teepee Creek Stampede, please download the form below (see Wagonmaster PDF link below), fill in the requested information and return the form by April 30, 2017 to:

Teepee Creek Stampede Association
RR 2, Site 1, Box 26
Sexsmith, AB T0H 3C0
Email: info@tpstampede.ca

Eric Rycroft - 1st Teepee Creek Stampede Wagonmaster