CALGARY (Calgary Stampede) — After years of trying, Dale Clearwater won his first-ever Open Hackamore title at the Stampede on Thursday.

The 40-year-old cowboy from Hanley, Saskatchewan, first started competing in the Working Cow Horse Classic event in 2004 and has only missed one competition since that time.

“I’ve never won this deal before,” said Clearwater, who posted an impressive score of 297 points atop Deluxe Strlit Night to win a cheque for $4,050. “I’ve come reserve a few times and been in the money, but this is pretty cool to be able to win the Stampede. It’s one of those ones that keeps evading me and now it’s finally here, so it was a lot of fun.”

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Although he raised and trained Deluxe Strlit Night, Clearwater doesn’t own the four-year-old quarter-horse mare anymore.

“We owned the stud and the mare and we raised her and then we sold her to our client Mel Mabbott (Green Pine Ranch) and he’s gone on with her this year,” Clearwater explained. “He’s been fun to have aboard.”

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