Cowboy Poetry Week: 100 Years from Now

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “100 Years From Now.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

Stampede Park art: "100 Years of Champions," to honour the champions of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and chuckwagon races.

Stampede Park art: “100 Years of Champions,” to honour the champions of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and chuckwagon races.

100 Years from Now

100 years from now, if the world’s still in the game, May the earth recall our footprints, may the wind sing out our names.
May someone turn a page and hearken back upon this time, May someone sing a cowboy tune and someone spin a rhyme.

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Cowboy Poetry week: “A Baxter of Blacks”

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “A Baxter of Blacks.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

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A Baxter of Blacks

Sheep come in flocks, whales come in pods,

Geese come in gaggles, police come in squads.

There are hovers of trout, bouquets of pheasants

Bands of gypsies and rabbles of peasants.

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It’s Earth Day!

The Calgary Stampede is extremely proud of it’s role as a steward of our Park. This incredible space, nestled by the Elbow River, has been our home for more than 100 years! In order to take care of our Park for 100 more years, the Stampede’s focus is to reduce the Park’s carbon footprint, year-round and during Stampede time, through technology and the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle.

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April Stampede catering bakeshop recipe: salted caramel cookies

New Stampede Life Members and board of director members were introduced at the Calgary Stampede Annual General Meeting last month. But there was another introduction that created the biggest stir. It was the Stampede catering team’s newest creation: the salted caramel cookie.

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A salted caramel cookie, too good to resist a bite

The cookie was originally created because the catering team needed an exciting new dessert for Winefest back in February. Through collaboration between executive sous chef William Kwong, sous chef Graham Armstrong and former Stampede pastry chef John Hanrahan, and with only two attempted recipes, the cookie was born. Although salted caramel is trendy right now, normally it’s paired with dark chocolate, according to Kwong. “But I wanted to put a different spin on it,” he says. Continue reading

Stampede history moment presents: Archie visits Canada’s world famous Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo was held in the BMO Centre from April 16-19. More than 100,000 people attended and included stars of all kinds, such as Arrow, Agent Carter and Aquaman, to name just a few.

You may remember that Spider Man once came to the Calgary Stampede, too. He joined forces with The Rangers to fight Man-Bull and the Dreadknight in the Infield. But Spiderman wasn’t the Stampede’s only VIP guest that year. Stampede was also visited by a group of teens from Riverdale. That’s right, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead travelled to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth in the summer of 1992.

The gang was visiting their friend Greg, who lives on a ranch outside of Riverdale and whose dad was a bull rider set to compete at the Calgary Stampede. When Greg’s barrel-racing Canadian cousin Rita invites the gang, they hop in their pickup for a road trip to the Stampede City.

After a quick wardrobe update – “from dud to dude” – featuring the requisite boots, jeans, western shirt and hat, the gang enjoyed square dancing outside of Eaton’s on Stephen Avenue, chuckwagon races, fireworks and a concert at the “Teen Ranch.” Of course, what would a trip to the Stampede be without pancakes? Jughead’s main mission was to sniff out as many free breakfasts as possible.

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Smithbilt Hats Inc. a new Western Legacy Awards sponsor…and we are overjoyed!

We are excited to announce that nominations for this year’s Western Legacy Awards open on May 1, 2015 and even more excited that Smithbilt Hats Inc. has joined our team. In celebration of Smithbilt becoming one of our 2015 Western Legacy Award sponsors, we were invited to take a tour to learn how Smithbilt creates the beautiful hats so many of us love wearing all year.

The tour began in the felt room, a magical place, filled with all the options you can choose to make the perfect hat. The felts are imported from all around the world, each with a unique texture and quality. It is interesting to note that depending on the type of felt used, will determine how cool or hot the hat will keep your head.

From there, we went into what I would like to call the creation room – the place where the real magic happens. This room is filled with the most beautiful, antique equipment. Some of this equipment has been used daily since Smithbilt opened their doors in 1919. The continued use and confidence in their equipment is a true testament to the integrity of creating the fine hats Smithbilt has maintained throughout the years.

One of our very own Western Legacy Award (WLA) committee members, Colleen Goertz, had a hat created just for her during our tour. She choose a caramel, brown felt and a style similar to that of the “Cattleman.” One of the Smithbilt employees took the skeleton of a hat and molded it into the perfect design. Through the use of steam, craftsmanship and probably a little bit of western magic, he was able to shape the hat perfectly to compliment Colleen’s face shape and style – leaving Colleen thrilled about her hat choice.

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Win like a Champion in the Calgary Stampede Lotteries

It’s official! The Calgary Stampede Lotteries are back for 2015. It is your chance to “win like a champion” – which is this year’s theme for the campaign.  You are all community champions when supporting this great program – wouldn’t it be great to win like a champion as well?

The Stampede Lotteries are organized and planned by the volunteer Calgary Stampede Lotteries committee.  From licensing, advertising, promotions, prizing, draws, ticket management, technology, social media, webmaster, tickets, booths and selling, the 26-person committee works year-round to bring these great, fun lotteries to Calgarians’ every year. In return, the lottery programs bring in more than $6 million dollars to the Stampede and its service clubs, the Kinsmen Club of Calgary and the Rotary Club of Calgary South, the Calgary Marching Show Band Association and the Calgary Stampede Foundation and their many community programs.

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Cowboy Poetry Week: “Pancakes”

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “Pancakes.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

Pictured: A volunteer at a Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast

Pictured: A volunteer at a Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes

It was love at first sight when we met at the dance,

A short order cook on the prowl for romance.

We cheered at the rodeo, bet on the chucks

We partied as hard as a bucking bull bucks.

We fueled the affair with big rock and steaks

But love was ignited with his first stack of cakes.

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Cowboy poetry week: “A Real Partner”

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “A Real Partner.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

Pictured: Grace Bensell (Florence LaDue) and Guy Weadick

Pictured: Grace Bensell (Florence LaDue) and Guy Weadick

A Real Partner

My name is Guy Weadick, how do you do?

A pleasure to meet you, Miss Flores LaDue!

The horses are saddled, would you care for a ride?

I’d love to step out with you by my side.

I’ll tell you my dreams about a big wild west show.

I’m throwing a big loop by the banks of the Bow.

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Celebrating cowboy poetry week with Doris Daley: “Heartbeat”

In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “Heartbeat.”

Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.

Pictured: Doris Daley

Pictured: Doris Daley

Heartbeat
Hey, Listen to the sounds of a city in July.
The grand shebang begins again beneath a Calgary sky.
The music soars, the infield roars, the midway hums and thrums
But listen…high above it all…the beating of the drums.

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Stampede Style Staples: Cowboy hats that fit

Around Stampede Park, cowboy hats are seen year round. This style staple comes in all shapes, sizes and colours—bling and decorative features optional—however, the most important thing about choosing a cowboy hat is fit.

Fit is crucial as you want a hat that stays on your head when the wind blows or while you’re having the time of your life on a midway ride, but it can’t be so tight it gives you a headache. To determine what size hat you wear, measure the crown of your head (about 3/4 of an inch above your ears where the hat will be worn). The number of inches corresponds with the hat sizes.

I had the pleasure of visiting Smithbilt Hat’s recently and was taught the proper way a cowboy hat should fit. Vice president, Brian Hanson, gives the following tips on how to properly wear a cowboy hat.

Incorrect: too far back. You should avoid having the front brim angled upwards. Wearing your hat this way makes it easier for a windy gust to blow your hat off your head.

Calgary Stampede volunteer coordinator and sometimes hat model, Kelsee Downie wearing her hat too far back.

Calgary Stampede volunteer coordinator and sometimes hat model, Kelsee Downie wearing her hat too far back.

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Jane’s Walk : Come and see the art of the Calgary Stampede

Jane’s Walk is Sunday, May 3. We are meeting in front of the Cowboy’s Casino at 2 p.m. and we’d love to have you join us. Bring a camera and your art appreciation hat.

Once again the Calgary Stampede is participating in Jane’s Walk. The Public Art committee, together with the Historical committee, is set to share the art and history of the Calgary Stampede. Normally a walking tour, ours is more of an on-and-off guided trolley ride that follows the Stampede art walk.

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We will visit nine sculptures and eight murals. Each one is rich in history. We love sharing our stories with the community.

The Stampede’s passion for public art dates back to 1912, when Ed Borein and Charlie Russell showcased their artwork at the Calgary Stampede. By the 1980s, the Western Art Show had become a regular feature of the 10-day Stampede. Today, the Stampede’s annual Western Art Show is one of Canada’s most significant art shows. The Stampede also celebrates art and western heritage year-round through the historical mural program and the parade of historical posters.

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2015 Tourism Development Conference

The 5th annual Tourism Development Conference took place in Strathmore this year. The 2015 theme was “venture to discovery;” industry leaders and tourism professionals gathered to discuss the best methods to promote Alberta as a top national and international tourist destination. This year’s conference gala diner was sponsored by the Calgary Stampede. The Stampede also brought Trevor Panczak to entertain the conference attendees!

Pictured: performer, Trevor Panczak.

Pictured: performer, Trevor Panczak.

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From travels to Kentucky, to Grand Entries at Aggie Days, 2015 is great so far

Well, the last month has been an absolute whirlwind for us. The day after returning from Berlin we were busy with an event at Stampede Park and have been going steady since!

One thing that unites our trio, and is a major component of the royalty program, is a love of anything horse related, and we’ve been attending a number of horse events within the last few weeks. We were fortunate enough to spend a week in Lexington, Kentucky at the end of March, and all I can say was WOW! We had the opportunity to tour a few major Thoroughbred farms and racetracks down there and between the acres and acres of rolling green pastures and the barns that looked like castles, they were nothing short of incredible. The horse racing industry in Kentucky has such a rich history and the landscape absolutely matched. Coming from my family’s ranch west of Bowden, which is basically bush country, I was blown away to say the least!

The major purpose of our trip was for Road to the Horse, a world championship colt-starting competition that our coach Jim Anderson was competing and defending his championship title at. The competitors selected two colts each that had been barely touched, and within three days were riding them through an obstacle course. The calibre of horsemanship at the competition was amazing and there was something to be learned from all of the contestants.

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Jim Anderson horsemanship demo in Kentucky.

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Cheering on Jim with our Canadian Flag

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The Showband is taking the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” on the Road

This summer, the world famous Calgary Stampede Showband is taking a break from competition and hitting the road to entertain crowds across North America. After performing all-day, every day during Stampede 2015, the Showband’s summer 2015 “Fairs and Festivals Tour” will take the group (and the Calgary Stampede’s unique brand of western hospitality) to Westerner Days in Red Deer, K-Days in Edmonton, the Saskatoon EX, the Indiana State Fair, and Drum Corps International (DCI) Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Showband performs for huge crowds on the Saddledome Steps twice each day during the Calgary Stampede.

The Showband performs for huge crowds on the Saddledome Steps twice each day during the Calgary Stampede.

Coming off of three consecutive world championship victories, the Showband is shifting gears and focusing on a broader audience. Performances in Red Deer, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Indiana will showcase the type of shows that are familiar to Calgarians, but not necessarily common among other marching arts groups in North America. If you’ve ever seen the Showband perform on the Saddledome steps, you know what we’re talking about. Audiences can expect to hear the Showband play its signature piece, “You Can Call Me Al” (by Paul Simon), hits like “Runaway Baby” (Bruno Mars), “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson, feat. Bruno Mars), “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift), and a Daft Punk mash-up, as well as music from its summer production, “The Edge”.

The Showband is known for it's highly engaging "stand-still" performances. The Saddledome Steps are definitely a crowd favorite!

The Showband is known for its highly engaging “stand-still” performances. The Saddledome Steps are definitely a crowd favorite!

 

 

 

The Showband will compete in DCI Drumline Battle and SoundSport events before DCI finals on Saturday, August 8 in downtown Indianapolis. The Drumline Battle will place the Showband’s drumline head to head against other drumlines from around the world. Soundsport is in its second season at DCI finals and is a competition for marching ensembles from all over the world.

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