2nd UPDATE: 4:00 PM July 13

Both Dakota Buttar and Todd Chotowetz were bucked off in Wednesday's afternoon's bull riding heats. Buttar was bucked off by Rundown and Chotowetz by Jack the Ripper. Buttar sits tied for second with Coy Robbins of Camrose behind American Creek Young, who once again held on for eight seconds while riding Night Shift, for another 88 points. 

UPDATE: 9:00 AM July 13

West Central's Dakota Buttar got off to a solid start yesterday afternoon at the Calgary Stampede. The bull rider had a 87 point ride on Positively Banging, good enough for second behind the United States Creek Young, who posted an 87.5 score on Flight Risk. 

The other West Central bull rider in the field, Major's Todd Chotowetz was bucked off by Sandpit. The second set of rides goes this afternoon. 

Original Article:

West Central's own Dakota Buttar begins his journey to try and capture a Calgary Stampede champion to his resume this afternoon. Buttar is one of many competitors from Saskatchewan taking part in this year's extravaganza. Also taking part in bull riding is West Central native Todd Chotowetz, as he is in pool B with Buttar this afternoon. 

Maple Creek's Jared Parsonage went two-for-four in the bull riding, scoring an 84.5 in the first performance on Friday and another 84.5 in the final go-around on Monday. He finished fourth in Pool A with total winnings of $7000 and earned the final automatic spot from the pool in the "Showdown Sunday" round for the championship.

Meadow Lake's Cody Coverchuk is also moving onto "Showdown Sunday," as he went two-for-four as well in bull riding. 

In Novice Bareback, Biggar's Chase McNulty was bucked off over the weekend, and failed to crack the top three, and in Novice Saddle Bronc, Maple Creek's Carter Udal, scored a 58.00, and just was out of the top three, finishing fourth. 

West Central Online will continue to follow Chotowetz and Buttar throughout the week.