What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 30 – May 6

This week features the return of the Calgary International BeerFest and NLL Playoff action as the Calgary Roughnecks take on the Edmonton Rush in the NLL’s West Division Semi-Finals.

Details on that and more here:

  • Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium:  Celebrating 15 years, the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium is the must-attend event for building owners and operators, architects, engineers, planners, builders, green product suppliers, and planning and building policy makers.  Learn from leaders in sustainable building, gain insight into future trends and celebrate local successes.  Thursday, May 3 at the BMO Centre.  Registration for this event is available online.
  • BeerFest:  The Calgary International BeerFest is a celebration of beer.  Increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 200 different types of beer on site.  Take part in beer seminars, vote for the People’s Choice awards, meet new people, sample delicious foods, enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment, and most importantly have a great time!  May 4 and 5 in the BMO Centre, Halls D and E.  Tickets available at online or at the door.
  • NLL Playoffs:  The Battle of Alberta has never been so intense as the Calgary Roughnecks continue on in the NLL Playoffs by taking on the Edmonton Rush in the NLL’s West Division Semi-Finals.  It all goes down on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • NAPA Auto Parts 2012 Trade Show: Featuring a huge selection of automotive tools and equipment, see the latest in product innovations and take part in many contests featuring a chance to win prizes such as Samsung TVs and tickets to the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal.   May 4 and 5 in the BMO Centre, Hall A.  Pre-registration is required to attend this event.  Tickets are $25 and are available at all Calgary area and Southern Alberta NAPA Auto Parts Stores.

Only 68 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

Cake Posse: Hitting the floor at Ranchman’s

On Thursday the Cake Posse travelled to Ranchman’s to celebrate Country 105′s 30th Anniversary Kickoff Party. There were hundreds of contest winners there ready to take in the festivities. The Stampede Queen and Princesses and Indian Princess were also on hand to welcome loyal listeners and enjoy the cake!

It was great to meet Country 105’s Odd Squad Morning Show crew –they had the ceremonial first cut of the Calgary Stampede Cake. More than 600 pieces were served and we were lucky enough to enjoy a concert with Dean Brody.

The Posse had a great time making our way around the Ranchman’s dance floor to pass cake out to everyone. Let us know if you could use a little Cake Posse Centennial Cake at your event.


2012 NEW Foods on the Midway!!

With the Calgary Stampede celebrating its Centennial we thought it was a good idea to explore your taste buds with some unusual flavour combinations!

If you know anything about the food at the Calgary Stampede, you know that we’ll deep-fry just about anything we can get our hands on! This year we got our new deep fried Kool-Aid, Wagon Wheels or even veggies!

Deep fried Kool-Aid

Various flavours are added to a finger-licking dough and fried to a golden crisp

Deep fried Vegetables

Tempura coated sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, and mushrooms

Deep Fried Pickle chips

Sliced Pickles dipped in buttermilk and battered with spices.

Deep fried Wagon Wheels

Dipped in funnel cake batter, this classic treat will be rolling over the competition


We also have some new sweet treats sure to get your sweet tooth aching!

Red Velvet Funnel Cake

Topped with a yummy icing

Bacon and Maple Syrup Funnel Cake

Bacon on a funnel cake???. The best of both worlds – sweet and savoury!

Whiskey Fudge

Distinctive and flavourful fudge made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey®

Loukoumathes – Greek Honey puffs

Golden puffs of fried dough bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts


We also have a few new items for those  who are trying to watch their figure, but still take their taste buds on a rollercoaster ride.

Beef Bacon Sandwiches

Bacon that is healthy? Yep! Leaner than traditional pork bacon, enjoy this sandwich guilt free

 Salt Spring Noodle Bar Stir Fry

A healthy gourmet noodle box cooked with fresh veggies, chicken and no oil!


Carb friendly, a mouthwatering Polish or Italian sausage is served with a side of mustard


We also have some of the classics and put a spin on them.

Jalapeno Corndogs

A jalapeno flavoured dog fires up this corndog

Taco Pizza

A traditional pizza crust with Mexican inspired toppings

Pulled Pork Poutine

Pulled pork, cheese curds, fries, gravy…Mmmmmmmmmm

Let’s not forget about the Food Trucks that will be new to the Midway this year on Stamp-Eat Street.

Los Compadres – Authentic Mexican  – Esquites

Warm corn salad in a cup

Naaco Truck – Neo-Retro Indian  – Naaco Bits

Butter chicken sausage, sliced, battered and deep fried

Mighty Skillet – Brunch Truck

Renegade Roundup Pancrepe breakfast cone (bacon, sausage and scrambled eggs) and everything breakfast!

Of course we still have some of the unique treats we had in the past that will either get you drooling or running away in trepidation!

Colossal Onion

Deep Fried Pop Tart

Deep Fried Oreo


Pulled Pork Parfait

Pork Chop-on-a-stick

10 flavors of Poutine

Cricket Pizza and Pizza-on-a Stick

Deep Fried Cheese


Jumbo Turkey legs

Deep fried Coke

Now some of these more unusual culinary treats may be a little too adventurous for some out there, so we have still have the classic foods we all love.

Corn dog

Mini Donuts

Cotton Candy

Candy Apple


Beef on a Bun


Stay tuned for more news on food and have a great adventure exploring Calgary’s Largest food court.


Princess Infatuated with Piglets!

Yes, the baby pigs were my favorite last week at Aggie Days. I had to be pulled away by my fellow royalty; otherwise I would have stayed with them all week! We made friends with two very special young swine exhibitors named Ceili and Georgia. These two girls were from Airdrie and they were very helpful and explained to us all about pigs and piglets!

I loved being at Aggie days last week. As a student in elementary, my class went almost every year. So this year it was great to be back at Aggie days and be a part of the show. Each day the girls and I would ride in for the grand entry of the rodeo, and then afterwards, sign posters and postcards for all of the kids visiting that day.

Each day we were able to go and visit more animals and exhibits! I loved holding the baby chicks and I even got to kiss a Llama named Felix!!!  On Saturday, we were able to be a part of the Calgary Stampede Queen’s Alumni program called Giddy Up Aggie Days. We mixed and mingled with some very special children and their families and took pictures with them! Our special guest at the photo booth was a kid (a baby goat) named Centennial, after the 100 year celebration of the Stampede. He sat nice for almost all the pictures, until he had to go to the bathroom…on my lap!! We were even able to go back to the sandbox days and play with all the John Deere toys too!

Overall, the girls and I had a great time at Aggie days! There was lots going on down at the grounds last week and I wish I had more time to see it all! There was Extreme Cowboy Racing on the last day, which is something that my horse Nitro and I love to do! For those of you who love dogs, there was also a big dog trial on which I wish I could have seen more of. A friend of mine from home named Wendy Schmaltz was competing with her dogs and it was great to run into her and catch up! Another friend from home, Chad Lausen, was also competing in the Canadian Horseshoeing Championships this past weekend at the Stampede grounds! It was great to see so many people from involved either as a competitor or as an exhibitor, or just simply enjoying the festivities.  Aggies Days is so much more than baby animals, it’s five days dedicated to agriculture, rodeo and farm life! It was such a fun filled week and I recommend going next year to anyone who missed it…or perhaps stopping by the Stampede this July to see more!

Together we Dance!

In 1924 Calgarians took to the streets by the thousands to take part in the first annual Stampede street dance. Hosted by the Palliser Hotel on the final day of the Stampede, the Cowboy and Old Timers’ Ball spilled out onto 9th Avenue with crowds of about 5,000 people decked out in their finest and most colourful cowboy attire. The newspaper reported happy old timers and members of the “younger set” waltzing and two-stepping across the Palliser’s ballroom, followed by the bawling of a square dance caller to “balance on the corners and promenade all.” Roper Eddie Bowlen summed up the merriment, saying “she was a big evening – fine stuff after a tea party with a flock of calves.”

The street dance expanded every year, and by the end of the 1920s it took an entire city block to accommodate the 15,000 people who attended. Through the century, dancing continued to be an expression of the buzz that permeated the city every year during Stampede. The Downtown Attractions Committee still has square dancers in Rope Square today, offering a fun way for Calgarians and visitors to celebrate the spirit of the Stampede together.

-  Aimee Benoit, Archivist

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 23 – 29

The geeks are on the move as the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention, hits Stampede Park this week.  Plus, this week also features the return of the Spring Festival of Crafts.

  • Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo:  The place where pop culture enthusiasts, sci-fi freaks, anime junkies, cult-classic aficionados, nerds (and nerdettes!) and everyone in-between unite for a celebration that crosses all genres of everything that’s cool, quirky, or just plain fun.  Special guests this year include comic book legend Stan Lee, Adam West, and the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention runs April 28 and 29 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door.
  • Spring Festival of Crafts:  Spring is a time for renewal and what better way to usher in the new season than by shopping for unique products to brighten your home, to delight your senses or simply spoil yourself. For three days only, you will find the wonderful creations of 130 of Alberta’s and Canada’s best artisans, artists and designers at the Spring Festival of Crafts Art & Craft Sale.  April 27-29 in the Big Four Building.

Only 75 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

A Mother’s Survival Guide to Aggie Days

Family Fun Days at Aggie Days presented by Encana’s coming up this weekend (April 21 and 22) and it’s a great way to spend some quality time with the family.

Prominent Calgary blogger Merry Kuchle shared some tips on her blog (reprinted here with permission) on how to make your trip to Aggie Days easier to manage, especially if you’re bringing the kids:

  • Bring a small stroller if you have a very young child.  Aggie Days can get crowded so leave the mondo stroller at home but an umbrella stroller can keep your little one from getting over tired and cranky.
  • There are hand washing stations throughout Aggie Days….USE THEM!  So many children go through and there are animals everywhere so better safe than sorry so wash your hands early and often.
  • Concessions stands are open in the BMO center but the food is nothing to write home about and the lines can be LONG.  I like to bring food to eat and then if I see something we really like (and the lines aren’t too long) we can always buy it.  If not…we eat the food I brought.  It also cuts down on hunger induced kid meltdowns.
  • If you live near a C-Train station, consider taking it to Aggie Days.  It’s actually really convenient and you don’t have to pay for parking.
  • It usually takes about 2 hours to see everything at Aggie Days.  We like to get there right at opening so that we have lots of time but really, my suggestion is to go when your child is the least tired (i.e. not right before nap time).
  • Since Aggie Days are all indoors, it’s a great Spring activity because you don’t have to bundle up for it!

Check out the rest of Merry’s blog post for her tips on what to see at this year’s Aggie Days and remember to drop by Family Fun Days this weekend at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.  Admission is FREE for everyone!

In the Community

Hello fellow blog readers!

The last few weeks have been super busy for us four ladies! Since the 100 day kick off we have started riding our horses(Hawk, Snoopy, and Kansas), gearing up for Aggie Days, and started to count down the days with everyone in the community at different events! This week we have been involved in Aggie Days which has been awesome! When I was younger I never went to Aggie Days, so now I am catching up on all the action and being part of it with Grand Entry at the rodeo and being able to catch a glimpse at everything in the BMO center!

Everyone that is involved this week is amazing! Not only does our awesome rodeo committee have a stand, but so does the Indian Village! All the animals are super fun, I even kissed a Llama today!

Thank you to everyone that brought something special to the table this week so far, all the farmers, ranchers, environmental companies, cowboys and cowgirls in the rodeo, Gary and Wade Rempel for picking up the rodeo. You are the ones that help us educate kids from Calgary and surrounding areas to find that cowboy or cowgirl inside, and have a better understanding of how agriculture works!

Hopefully I will see a few more of you out tomorrow and Saturday for the rest of Aggie Days! And don’t worry, the kissing Llama photo will be posted soon..

Different types of agriculture operations in Alberta

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Did you know that Alberta grows more than just wheat?  Some people don’t! As Aggie Days presented by Encana is now upon us, here is a guest post by agriculture blogger Teresa Falk, originally posted here and reprinted with permission, talking about the various agriculture operations in Alberta.

Make sure you check out Aggie Days during Family Fun Days April 21 and 22 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.  Admission is FREE for everyone!  And make sure you become a fan and follower of the Aggie Days Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the latest news and a chance to win at the many contests happening this week!

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My Very Own Prince Charming!

Over the last few weeks, Dani, Candice and I have started riding the three beautiful and noble steeds that have carried the Calgary Stampede Royalty for the past several years. Queen Candice is riding a buckskin named Hawk, Princess Dani is riding a palomino named Kansis and I am riding a matching palomino named Snoopy. Snoopy and Kansas actually look so much alike that before they came to play their essential role in the Stampede Royalty program, they doubled for each other in movies! These horses, our Princes, will be our companions in many of the exciting adventures that we are looking forward to in the busy months ahead!
Snoopy is an eight year old gelding, he is very sweet, loves constant attention, and he has a ton of energy! One of Snoopy’s ancestors is a very well-known race horse called Top Deck, which explains why Snoopy loves to run! He is an extremely fast horse with tons of energy, which will be a great asset in this very busy year! Snoopy can be a bit of a handful, but he is very clever and we get along very well.
Yesterday was a little spa day for our Princes, we bathed and braided and had shoes put on, to get the boys looking their royal best in preparation for Aggie Days this week. The horses will be staying in at the Stampede Park for the next few days, and the six of us will be making our debut tonight at the Aggie Days rehearsal.
I am looking forward to getting to know my Prince even better over the next six months, and I am sure he and I will teach each other a great deal while we take on the busy rodeo season! Hope to see you all there too!!
Princess Jessica

Garth Brooks Tickets

We’ve seen a ton of discussion about the Garth Brooks ticket sale and some speculation about the ticket process.

So I sat down with our Programming people to get the lowdown on the ticket sale.  We provided the full breakdown on tickets to the media yesterday, and I’d like to offer some information that may provide additional clarity.

Our Stampede team works year-round to ensure the best entertainment options for our guests during the Calgary Stampede and Garth Brooks coming to Calgary – after being off the tour circuit for nearly a decade – was a huge win for our city.

The demand for Garth Brooks tickets was enormous and I’m not sure anyone could have anticipated how many fans would be interested in purchasing tickets, or just how quickly they would sell out.

We know there are many satisfied fans that did purchase tickets.  We also know that there are many folks who are disappointed that they did not get the tickets they were hoping for.

The concert has a capacity of 15,322 tickets.  After the Saddledome Club seat holders purchased approximately 3,300 tickets (they have a license agreement that allows them to purchase their seats for every event or concert held in the building), 11,000 tickets were available for the 10:00 am Saturday sale. The balance of tickets, about 1,000, were dedicated for the promoter’s business commitments, artist holds, sponsors, etc. – far less than many typical concerts. There was no pre-sale for media, artist fan clubs, or credit card sponsors. That equates to over 90% of available inventory for access by the public – a far cry from the rumors that only 20% or 30% were available.

The 11,000 tickets sold on Saturday were available through Ticketmaster’s online and telephone services with ticket purchases limited to six per household (ticket limit and price set by the artist). Recognizing that the Ticketmaster system can process thousands of orders simultaneously, it did exactly that and these tickets were sold incredibly fast – 58 seconds we’ve been told. We know that over 80% of roughly 3,500 purchasers are from Calgary and Alberta, with the remainder being from other parts of Canada and the United States.

By the interest shown in Garth’s concert, it could have sold out 10 times over, if not more.  I don’t know the exact number of people attempting to buy tickets for Garth Brooks on Saturday morning, but I understand that a different artist’s show in NYC last fall, which had about 3,000 tickets for sale, saw half a million people logging in trying to buy those tickets.

At the end of the day, what’s unique about this concert is not the venue, ticket sale process or even the reselling of tickets – all of these elements are normal, and sometimes frustrating, parts of the concert industry.  What is unique is the extraordinary demand from across North America for this one show.

If you are interested in another perspective on the concert, please check out Mike Bell’s article on page three of today’s Calgary Herald.


Kurt Kadatz

Director, Corporate Communications

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 16 – 22

The spotlight is on Agriculture this week at Stampede Park as Calgary Stampede Aggie Days presented by Encana takes place in the BMO Centre.  Also check out the Canadian Horseshoeing Championships, Stock Dog Arena Trials and the Calgary Stampede Spring Extreme Cowboy Race all happening this weekend as well.

Details on that and more here:

  • Calgary Stampede Aggie Days presented by Encana:  Everything you need to know about where your food comes from!  Enjoy interactive agriculture activities, watch a miniature horse read a book, see sheep get a haircut, enjoy Indian dancing and more during Family Fun Days April 21 and 22 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Fun for the whole family and admission is FREE for everyone!
  • Canadian Horseshoeing Championships:  Watch the sparks fly at the 10th Anniversary Canadian Horseshoeing Championships as the best teams of blacksmiths and farriers from all over Canada vie for bragging rights and a free entry to the World Blacksmiths’ Competition in July.  The competition will once again conduct all classes using traditional coke fires, which makes for an interesting experience.  Held in conjunction with Aggie Days, check it out April 19-21 in the Big Top.  Admission to this event is free.
  • Clock, Stock and Barrel – Stock Dog Arena Trials:  Dog lovers and animal lovers unite as they cheer on their favourite stock dogs in the Clock, Stock and Barrel – Stock Dog Arena Trials.  This timed trial challenges handlers and their stock dogs to move three sheep through a defined course and into a pen, in the fastest time.  The trick:  The handler controls the dog, either through whistle or voice commands. The handler must stay in the handler’s circle until all the sheep have come through the chute.  Exciting to watch and fun for the whole family, check it out Saturday, April 21 in the Stampede Corral.  Held in conjunction with Aggie Days, admission to this event is free.
  • Calgary Stampede Spring Extreme Cowboy Race:  The Extreme Cowboy Race founded by famed horseman Craig Cameron is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they maneuver through a series of obstacles demonstrating both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed.  Past obstacles have included archery shoots, waterfalls, riding through flares and smoke, and even rifle shooting.  Held in conjunction during Aggie Days, check it out on Sunday, April 22 in the Stampede Corral.
  • Youth Employment Summer Hiring Fair:  What will you do this summer?  The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is hosting its 14th annual Summer Hiring Fair.  Geared to youth aged 15-24, employers will be hiring full time, part time and seasonal employees.  Youth are encouraged to bring their résumés, dress to impress and be ready for interviews.  Tuesday, April 17 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. in the Big Four Building.
  • Coldplay:  Grammy award-winning British alternative band Coldplay will be stopping in Calgary this week on their North American tour promoting their new double platinum album Mylo Xyloto along with special guests Metronomy and The Pierces.  It all starts Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser Gala:  An inaugural gala evening in support of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta’s Women Build 2012, join emcee Tara Nelson from CTV Calgary for a memorable evening featuring terrific silent and live auction items, tasty culinary treats and a great country music performance.  It all takes place on Thursday, April 19 in the Palomino Room, BMO Centre.  Tickets for the gala are available online.
  • Body, Soul & Spirit Expo:  Canada’s Holistic & Spiritual Lifestyle event, come share and explore all the possibilities in your quest to create a happier, healthier, more conscious and successful life.  With an exciting array of exhibits, workshops, lectures and presentations, discover why the Body, Soul & Spirit Expo is one of Calgary’s favourite and unique events.  April 20-22 in the Big Four Building.  Tickets available at the door or online.
  • Calgary Pet Industry Trade Show:  Tailored to Alberta’s pet market, come see a variety of manufacturers and distributors, attend PIJAC Canada seminars, participate in various show activities, meet with industry leaders and discover new trends in the pet industry all under one roof.  Open to pet industry businesses only, registration to this trade show is free.  Sunday, April 22 in the Big Four Building, Hall A.

Only 82 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

Stampede Princess Caught Horsing Around!

This past week I was able to spend some time riding back at home on the ranch, playing with calves, and I also started riding the wonderful Kansas, my Royalty horse for the year!

It was nice to take time and get in some quality riding and some “horsing around” on the farm because I know the girls and I will be getting very busy with all kinds of fun Stampede events in April. We have been riding our “Princes” lately, also known as the royalty horses: Snoopy, Hawk and Kansas. It felt so good to finally start riding and practicing for rodeo appearances. My horse for the year, Kansas, is a 7 year old palomino quarter horse with a big heart and very curious eyes! After our first ride, it felt like we had been best friends forever. He is extremely smooth, flexible and easy going. Kansas is fairly laid back too, but I think with my energetic personality we will make the perfect princess and pony duo! I can’t wait to travel around to parades and rodeos with him this year! When I go back to the ranch in Rockyford, I am so used to riding colts that have less than 30 days on them, so it’s nice to be able to go out to Heathercrest where the royalty horses are and have a nice ride on a solid horse. It’s relaxing, fun, and a great bonding time for Kansas and I.


Back at home this past week, I spend some time with the baby calves and bottle fed some twins too! I love calving season and some of my favorite riding is bringing in cow-calf pairs from the pasture to the barn. It is a great feeling when my horse and I work together to bring in pairs. Sometimes it is challenging, especially when you are riding a young horse and the calf decides that the horse is now its mother and follows you and chases after your horse… and your horses decides that this is a less than desirable situation!


I’m glad I could get in some home time before we get too busy! This coming week the trio and I will be at Aggie Days at the Stampede grounds. I am so excited to be a part of all the festivities and ride the royalty horses!


What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 9 – 15

This week at Stampede Park features the return of the 50 Plus Living Show and the Spring edition of the Calgary Woman’s Show.

Details on that and more here:

  • CPMA Annual Conference & Trade Show:  Canada’s leading fruit and vegetable industry event, the 87th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention and Trade Show will take place this year at the BMO Centre from April 11 to 13.  Registration is required.
  • 50 Plus Living Show:  The consumer show designed with baby boomers and seniors in mind, the 50 Plus Living Show gives boomers and seniors the opportunity to get their questions on health and wellness, travel, finance, real estate, anti-aging and more answered, as well as to experience new products and services geared towards providing personal growth and enrichment for those over the age of 50.  April 14 and 15 in the Big Four Building, Hall A.  Tickets available at the door.
  • Calgary Woman’s Show:  Discover all that is fabulous in fashion, food, fitness and fun.  Celebrating their 30th anniversary, this year’s Spring edition of the Calgary Woman’s Show features special guests W. Brett Wilson and The Young and The Restless’ Peter Bergman, as well as a multitude of services, products, demonstrations and seminars on display. April 14 and 15 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door, online, or at any participating Safeway location.

Only 89 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

Stampede Princess to Extreme Cowgirl!

Easter weekend at the GM Ranch isn’t just about family and turkey dinner, we have a tradition that involves some extreme cowboys and cowgirls! Originally, friends and family would gather at our place to ride and bring in cow-calf pairs and celebrate my dad’s birthday, which always lands on Easter weekend. Now, friends gather at our place from all over to compete in our bi-annual Extreme Cowboy Challenge.

The competition this spring was a mix of original extreme cowboy obstacles, as well as some gymkhana patterns, with a twist! There were 22 competitors and we all got two runs at the course. The competition is meant to get new riders out and experiencing new things with their horses, but it also challenges the more experienced riders too!







We had a special guest at the competition too! Her name is Betsy… she was so patient all day as we all had to start our run by milking the Holstein!

I love competing in extreme cowboy (or cowgirl) racing with my stallion, Nitro. He has so much heart and is willing to do nearly anything! Our friends love coming to our place too, and my Dad and I get so much joy out of helping new riders and having some friendly competition with the experts!















Nitro and I were lucky enough to get the fastest time this weekend at 2min and 20 seconds! Thanks to my dad and everyone that helped to make this spring’s extreme cowboy challenge so much fun.