Doubling Down

As featured in Spin to Win Rodeo Magazine.
Canadian Morgan Grant put the rodeo world on notice when he made the short round of the Calgary Stampede in both the steer wrestling and the tie-down roping. Then, when he won the $100,000 in the tie-down roping and split the second-place check in the steer wrestling, the world of rodeo stopped in its tracks to find out who this 25-year-old Ontario native is.

“I’d been struggling with my calf roping before Calgary, and I thought I’d really have a better change in the bulldogging,” Grant admitted, “But I’d gone to another rodeo in Alberta right before that and roped sharp, and I just carried the momentum to Calgary.”

Grant’s total earnings for the week were a whopping $141,000.

Grant rode his 16-year-old grey gelding, Mack, in a tie-down, and his 9-year-old bay gelding, Skip, in the dogging, with his 17-year-old gelding Todd hazing.

“I knew I had a good calf. I tied him in 7.4 in the third round of my pool,” Grant said. “I didn’t really watch the other guys go, and I just knew, at the worst, I’d come out fo there with $10,000, so I went and roped. Being from Canada, winning Calgary is just what I’ve dreamed of. When I was little, the good calf in the practice pen would be the $50,000 short-round calf at Calgary. Now it’s $100,000. It’s amazing.”

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