Working at the Calgary Stampede, I frequently see visitors to our city who have come to Stampede Park, hoping to see horses. All too often they make due with snapshots in front of the Banks of the Bow bronze horses because they have missed out on Stampede’s 10-day event and the handful of other events that happen on Park.
These visitors – and all of Calgary – will soon be able to come down to Stampede Park most weekends of the year and enjoy horses, cowboys, cattle or more.
Last week, four major horse-related events announced multi-year deals to host their big competitions at Stampede Park in the soon-to-be-opened Agrium Western Event Centre. Custom-designed for the needs of horses and livestock, everything about this unique building is built to rope in major national and international agricultural events.
Rural folks and their horses or livestock will always feel at home in the heart of the big city. Calgarians and our guests will never be far from their country roots and the chance to be around horses and large animals.
These first four events were formally welcomed to their new home on Wednesday, and we’re looking forward to securing many more big events that will bring this new building to life.
Horse enthusiasts and families can enjoy the elegant talent and beauty of the Arabian Horse Association’s Region 17 championships in late July. Later in September, Team Roping Canada will be hosting its fast-action National Finals as the culmination of their summer season. Team penning takes over the Agrium Western Event Centre in October as the Championship Finals for the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association, always an exciting social event. Show jumping returns to the heart of Calgary after 30 years with the launch of the inaugural Royal West show, produced by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping as an ambitious 10-day, multi-breed, multi-event showcase of all things equine and horse.
Check out these videos highlighting these events, and take note of the dates you’ll want to add to your calendars. These are all must-see events for horse-lovers of all ages.