Next week is Stampede School’s last class of the year. In 2012, 930 students, 42 teachers and 152 volunteer parents came through Stampede School.
What, you ask, is Stampede School all about?
The Calgary Stampede works directly with teachers to tailor make the five day program to enhance curriculum. No two weeks at Stampede School are identical.
Students might visit the Grain Academy to discover how some of our food is produced, the barns during the Bull Sale, Diary Classic, 4H-On-Parade, or Union Cemetary to learn about some of the Stampede’s legends.
Many Stampede School students get an up close and personal lesson led by Muffy Knox with Cream Puff and Doobie.
Muffy is a horse trainer and expert. Cream Puff is an 8-year-old full-grown miniature horse. Doobie is a four-year-old Paint horse. Doobie’s a little bit more social than little Cream Puff; he likes to have his bum scratched, Muffy told us.
Muffy teaches students how to read a horses signals—a high head, raised ears and flaring nostrils mean a horse is anxious; a bent knee means they’re relaxed—and how to approach a horse. You always want them to be able to see you approaching them, make a lot of noise if you’re coming from behind so they know you are there.
The kids learn how to brush, feed and pet the horse.
Stampede School will gear up again in the fall. Until then: have a great summer!