Meet our Princes!

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Howdy everyone & Happy New Year!

As Queen Maggie, Princess Chelsey and I prepare for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and continue our journey as the Royal Trio, we find ourselves spending a lot of time with three dashing princes – our horses, of course! Riding is a big part of becoming a Stampede Queen or Princess; there are three different equestrian portions throughout our competition and improving our horsemanship is an integral part of our year as Stampede Royalty. Banner1

Queen Maggie, Princess Chelsey and I riding Snoopy, Hawk and Kansas in our final riding competition

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Catching up with 2016 Stampede Talent Search Champion, Christian Hudson.

Christian Hudson made media headlines when he donated his 2015 Stampede Talent Search $10,000 cash Grand Prize to the Calgary Drop-in Centre. We caught up with him this winter and discovered that this remarkable young man’s list of accomplishments keeps growing.

Christian's quirky personality as captured during his Grand Prize photo shoot courtesy of Stampede Talent Search Sponsor, Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo (Photo Credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)

Christian’s quirky personality as captured during his Grand Prize photo shoot courtesy of Stampede Talent Search Sponsor, Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo. (Photo Credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)

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Showband Tour 2016: Midwest USA

What does the Calgary Stampede Showband do the week before the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth? They go on tour across the Midwestern United States of course! This summer, the Showband will travel to perform in Minnesota and Wisconsin from June 24 to July 5, 2016, coming back to Calgary just in time for the 10-day Calgary Stampede.

In 2015, the Showband won "Best in Show" at DCI's SoundSport competition in Indianapolis.

In 2015, the Showband won “Best in Show” at DCI’s SoundSport competition in Indianapolis.

Taking their unique brand of western hospitality and performance on the road, the Showband’s tour will include a stop at the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria, Minnesota. The Showband will perform in the Vikingland Band Festival parade (which features only marching bands!) and will perform its 2016 field production in exhibition at the what is considered the largest and most prestigious summer marching band competition in the Midwest. Continue reading

Stampede Stock with a Sensational Start in 2016

Calgary Stampede bucking horses are off to a great start in 2016!  46 of our best are in the United States, putting up some big scores and wowing the crowds at their first rodeo of the year, the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver.

“We had a great weekend, the horses were awesome!” said Keith Marrington, who travels with the stock for the Calgary Stampede. Crowds were huge at the performances on the first weekend of the rodeo, and Marrington says Stampede horses made a big impression. “All of our horses performed extremely well, with the highlight being R-82 Reckless Margie.”

Reckless Margie carried Texas cowboy Jake Brown for a 90 point ride in the Bareback event on Sunday. It was by far the biggest score of the first weekend of competition, and mirrors Reckless Margie’s success at the end of 2015 at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.  Jake Brown also rode well on another Calgary Stampede horse, Turkish Whisky, on Saturday.  He now leads the average in the Bareback riding by five points.

In Saddle bronc, our Umber Bubbles teamed up with Ben Londo for 83 points and a second round win on Sunday. But it’s Jacobs Crawley leading the average after rides on Stampede horses Mad Money and Loganberry.  Sitting in second after two is Clay Elliot, thanks in part to an 80 point score on Shoshone Mountain.

The horses will stay in Denver and continue competing though to January 24. They will then move from Colorado to Texas, for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in early February.

If you are curious about the individual scores our Calgary Stampede horses earn while on the road in the US, more information can be found in the Stock Stats section of the PRCA website.

Find out more about the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver here.

Looking Forward to a Great 2016 for Calgary Stampede

Happy New Year to all and I wish all of the employees and volunteers a safe and prosperous 2016. It was a busy end to 2015, with a number of events taking place on Stampede Park. The Stampede was also represented at the National Rodeo Finals (NFR) in Las Vegas, which I was fortunate to attend and see the CS bucking stock in action.

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I was very pleased to see our Sponsorship department activate the Calgary Stampede cabin at the Cowboy Christmas trade show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Thanks to all our volunteers, including the Calgary Stampede Royalty, for taking the time to help host visitors at the CS display.

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