Special Delivery: Canuck bucks hit the coast

When cowboys know the Calgary Stampede’s legendary bucking stock is coming to the party, they come prepared to walk away with a pocketful of cash.

Even amongst the Stampede’s strong stable of stars, Special Delivery stands a head above the herd. This powerful and spirited stallion is renowned amongst the bareback cowboys for his consistency and reliability to bring the buck when it matters. Son of many-time CFR and NFR qualifier mare Z-38 Zippy Delivery, sired by six-time world champion Grated Coconut, Special Delivery was named the 2012 Canadian Bareback Horse of the Year and has been a CFR and NFR qualifier of note.


Special Delivery (pictured above CS2014)  has been proving this again on the rodeo trails that lead through Oregon, Washington and into B.C.’s interior. He paired up with Steven Peebles to rock out an 87-point ride to win the bareback championship at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston Oregon on August 9th. After resting up, Special Delivery did a rare switch-hit into the saddle bronc event at Canby, Oregon, scoring an 84-point ride with Joaquin Rael.


As strong as Special Delivery was, another Stampede horse took the top ride in Canby’s saddle bronc event. Lynx Mountain (pictured above CS2014) had her way with Isaac Diaz to score 88 points to win the championship.


Simply Marvellous was also utterly that this past weekend at the Kitsap Stampede in Bremerton, Washington, with virtually vertical bucks that cowboy Dusty Hausauer just couldn’t keep up with, as seen in this picture (above).

Special Delivery and his fellow stars are now bouncing between Armstrong BC and Ellensberg. Special Delivery bucks Wednesday night in Armstrong, then takes a short jaunt up the highway for a starring role in the Ellensburg final round on Monday. He’ll have some bovine company for the trip, since 10 of the Stampede’s top bulls are scheduled to amp up the excitement at Ellensberg’s PRCA Extreme Bull event this coming Saturday night and the rodeo’s final round on the Monday. Amongst the toughest will be I’m a Gangsta and Low Life, two of the Stampede’s bucking stock that instill the most respect and fear amongst bull riders.

More to come on how those showdowns play out in the coming days and weeks, as the Stampede stock continues to stamp their brand across the northwest part of the continent.


The Summer of the Wild Warriors that Deliver

This may be the Chinese Year of the Horse, but so far it’s been a summer of the “wild warrior delivery” from the Calgary Stampede’s bucking stock at various Canadian rodeos throughout the summer.

Two horses from the famed “Warrior” lineage took the top prizes early in the season. Born from mare Fearless Warrior by legendary sire Grated Coconut, full brother and sister Tiger Warrior and Stampede Warrior have been tearing up the circuit.


Fiery stallion Tiger Warrior (pictured above at CS2014)led the charge at Ponoka on the July long weekend, taking the halter for the Saddle Bronc Horse of the Ponoka Stampede. He followed it up with strong performances during the Calgary Stampede, winning a first-place split with Heath Moss in Pool A then later teaming up with Cody Wright in the final 10 on Showdown Sunday.


Tiger Warrior’s full sister Stampede Warrior (pictured above at CS2014) wowed the crowd and won the Saddle Bronc Horse of the Calgary Stampede. The mare showed her power on the Showdown Sunday’s Final Four performance, paired up with Canadian cowboy Dustin Flundra to score an 89 point ride that helped lift Dustin to his first-ever Calgary Stampede Championship win. Stampede Warrior has been astounding throughout the 2014 season, shattering the Rodeo Houston record with a virtually perfect 94-point ride with Cody DeMoss earlier in the spring.

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Wild Cherry (pictured above CS2013) brought the “wild” to the Curtis Glencross Invitation Rodeo event at the Daines Ranch near Innsifail this past weekend. Created by the Calgary Flames’ star forward, the event raised almost $200,000 for Ronald McDonald House and Hockey Alberta last year. This year, the Calgary Stampede bucking stock did their part to make the event a success for the cowboys and spectators alike. Wild Cherry, born from mare Flavoured Cherry and six-time world champion Grated Coconut, lived up to his championship lineage by carrying saddle bronc rider Sam Kelts to an 88-point ride, winning Kelts the rodeo and a new truck in the process. This is one of Wild Cherry’s first appearances on the rodeo circuit in 2014, sitting out for recovery from a foot surgery earlier in the spring. Now fully healed, this gelding showed he’s back on top of his game once again.

As the prairie rodeos wind down a bit, the Stampede’s best broncs and bulls hit the road for the coast, with a series of top-ranked pro rodeos throughout Washington, Oregon and B.C.’s interior.

4H Rodeo teaches the ropes to youngsters

Almost 70 young aspiring cowboys and cowgirls learned the ropes of their industry at the 17th annual Calgary Stampede Invitational 4H Rodeo this past weekend.

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The Stampede hosted the 4H students, aged nine to 20 years old, at the Agrium Western Event Centre on August 23 and 24, making this the first rodeo to be held in the new tailored livestock facility. The Stampede hosts the 4H Rodeo annually to give the youngsters a solid grounding in their sport, in rodeo production, livestock handling and animal care. Alongside the competition, the young rodeo competitors take part in educational sessions aimed at stepping up their game in all these topics and more.

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While rodeo is familiar, many of the events are not generally well-known in non-rodeo circles. Time events like thread-the-needle, pole-bending and goat-tying are the training grounds for younger athletes and their horses before graduating to tie-down roping and barrel racing.

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Learn more in this video interview from Global TV Morning News.


Apply to be the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess- Four days left!

There are FOUR DAYS left to get your application in for the 2015 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess pageant!! You can find the application online here. On my Facebook page, I’ve been counting down 10 reasons to apply for Indian Princess. Here’s number eight:


This was the main part of my role as the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess and I’m so honored to do the things that I did as a young Treaty 7 and Blackfoot woman. I traveled and danced at the harbor in Toronto, for crowds in Regina, overseas in Germany, and at nearly every local event we visited. Most events, some people have never met a first nations person or seen a pow wow dancer before. Afterwards, people would come up to me and ask me numerous questions about where I’m from and of the background of my culture and dance. Dancing and introducing myself in Blackfoot filled me with so much pride–I’d try to take it all in so I could remember those moments forever.

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I’d also be the only First Nations at most events, so I took my role seriously and I’d try to represent myself to my best potential. With that, I would ask my parents or other relatives and elders about our language, culture, and history. I learned so much. I took it upon myself to study as much Treaty 7 information, Blackfoot words, and First Nations history as possible so I could answer questions honestly and confidently in the public eye. With that, my appreciation for who I am and where I come from has grown tremendously. I always had a deep love for my culture, but now I want to want to dance as much as I can, travel to different pow wows, become more fluent in Blackfoot, and study my history for the rest of my life so I can pass it on to younger generations.

People ask me about the things that I receive throughout my reign, which I all greatly appreciate. However, getting the chance to represent my First Nations/Blackfoot culture, Treaty 7, Siksika, the Calgary Stampede Indian Village and the Calgary Stampede in 2014 is one of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for.

A passion for marching band transcends language

You’ve probably already read about the Calgary Stampede Showband’s success at the World Association of Marching Show Band (WAMSB) championships earlier this month and their volunteerism in Brazil, but some of the best parts of the trip didn’t make the headlines. Below, Showband colorguard coordinator Rochelle Siddall tells us about one experience that made the experience especially memorable for her!

“I was cleaning up our equipment after one of our performances when members from a Brazilian marching band approached in awe of the amount of equipment we had. One young man attempted to translate his colorguard’s many questions. They thought the Showband’s colorguard girls were beautiful and very talented. At one point I demonstrated how our pocket flags worked and pure excitement followed. Over the next hour the boys played with all different pieces of our equipment. I taught them some basic exercises with stops on rifle. They were eager to learn and had obvious talent; each boy picked up the material very quickly. In these moments of sharing there was one common language – no need for translation. The language of colorguard is universal. As we left the main boy begged that we come and teach them in the following year.

“In these moments of sharing there was one common language – no need for translation. The language of colorguard is universal.”

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It was a very humbling experience and certainly a memorable part of my teaching career. These boys learn material from watching drum corps DVDs and attempting to mimic the choreography. They take a no fear attitude and will attempt a trick with no hesitation. They each brought a desire to please me with tricks of their own. The tricks themselves were neat, but it was their true love for the sport that kept my attention.”


Rochelle 2Rochelle Siddall is an alumna of the Calgary Stampede Showband (2004 – 2006) and prestigious drum corps Santa Clara Vanguard (2007, 2008). She has taught at Calgary marching bands, including the Calgary Round-Up Band and Calgary Stetson Show Band since 2005 and has been teaching the Calgary Stampede Showband’s colour guard since 2008. Rochelle currently spins with Escalade and Dynamic winterguards here in Calgary (the latter of which she is also the director).

Stampede Showband is back from Brazil

We were very excited to welcome the Calgary Stampede Showband from Brazil where they nabbed their fifth World Champion title. You can read and see more about their journey at CTV news hereCalgary Stampede Showband_1

From the article: “It’s all about light. It was a beautiful production that they did and we’re competing against bands from all over the world,” Showband director Aaron Park said. “They’re the hardest working kids in Calgary. They’re just an incredible bunch.”

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Calgary Stampede Showband wins fifth world title

The Calgary Stampede Showband has further reinforced its reputation as the most successful showband ever.


The Showband has won their fifth world championship at the World Association of Marching Show Bands competition in Brazil. That marks the most titles ever won by a single show band organization in the history of the competition. This latest win is also the band’s third consecutive, adding another year to its bench-setting back-to-back wins for the competition.


Two Showband Members enjoying a performance.

Two Showband Members enjoying a performance.


Congratulations also to another Calgary band, the Calgary Stetsons Showband, which placed second in the championships, further reinforcing Calgary’s dominance at the top of the world in this prestigious field.

More to come in future blog posts upon the band’s return from Brazil. In the meantime enjoy this article, published in the Calgary Herald and in newspapers across the country and around the world.

Stampede Memories

People keep asking me if the Stampede was everything that I thought it was going to be, and my answer is always the same; without a doubt.  In fact, it was so much more than I could have imagined because I didn’t actually have an experience that came close, so I could only conceptualize it to a certain point.

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They also tell you that it is not necessarily the things that you have scheduled on paper, but the things you do spontaneously that end up stealing the show.  Don’t get me wrong, the parade, the rodeo, and the evening presentations were amazing, but just as fun for us were the moments that we got to talk to the volunteers and employees, and they got to share a little of what they do with us, which really made our vision of Stampede that much deeper.


Our picture with Brian, a 31 year volunteer with Kinsmen

One of the things that we took complete advantage of were people’s tendency to humour us… We were 4 girls dressed in varying sparkly things, and we wanted to try everything.  Danica and Carly had heard that a previous Indian Princess had gotten to go out and chalk the lines for the chuckwagon races once, so they did some negotiating, and got us out on the track in our full leathers to chalk the lines after the second heat on the first Saturday.

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Little did they know, that would become something that we did every night. (I think that we even were on CBC doing it!)  We convinced the people in charge of evening promotions that we should help them throw out t-shirts while the track was being dragged (I would like to apologize to the person that I almost hit in the face with a shirt) and we tried our best to find a way into everything.

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Shannon learned how to dance from one of the Young Canadians

We each called a miniature horse chuckwagon race (Les McIntyre’s job is hard), got to go up to the Eye in the Sky and watch some races, and were able to each create some really, really special memories.

Walking across the stage for the final time with GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Wayne Wright

Walking across the stage for the final time with GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Wayne Wright

Thank you to everybody who made the Calgary Stampede what it was for us, and what it was for everyone that we spoke to.  It was an amazing experience, and I cannot wait for next year.