Meet the 2017 Calgary Stampede Royalty!

After competitions including horsemanship, speeches and a number of other events, the  2017 Royalty have been crowned. We are thrilled to introduce you to Indian Princess, Savanna Sparvier, Stampede Queen, Meagan Peters and Princesses, Brittany Lloyd and Lizzie Ryman. These women will act as official ambassadors of the Calgary Stampede, promoting western heritage and values, in the community and around the world. Additionally, the Stampede Indian Princess will educate people about the rich, vibrant First Nations cultures. Get to know these four accomplished women in the short interviews below!

2017 Royalty

From Left to Right: Princess Brittany Lloyd, Queen Meagan Peters, Indian Princess Savanna Sparvier, Princess Lizzie Ryman

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Calgary Stampede named Stock Contractor of the Year

It’s no secret we love our animals, and are always proud to celebrate their success. So being named the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s 2016 Stock Contractor of the Year is a pretty big deal for the Calgary Stampede. Voted on by members of the CPRA, these annual awards recognize the best-of-the-best in the rodeo industry.

“The hard work and dedication of the rodeo committees make it possible for us to showcase the animals that come from the Stampede Ranch,” says Calgary Stampede Ranch manager, Tyler Kraft. “We are extremely appreciative of them, as well as the competitors who trust us to provide great horses and bulls for their sport.”

Tyler Kraft with some of the horses at the Stampede  Ranch

Tyler Kraft with some of the horses at the Stampede Ranch

The Calgary Stampede is the primary stock contractor for eight rodeos in Canada and the United States including the Strathmore Stampede, Armstrong Stampede, Pendleton Round Up, and the Calgary Stampede itself. Stampede horses and bulls also compete year round at many other rodeos throughout North America.

Shadow Warrior carries Caleb Bennett at the Calgary Stampede

Shadow Warrior carries Caleb Bennett at the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede would like to congratulate all of the other award winners this year, and encourage those looking for the full list of winners to visit the Pro Rodeo Canada website.

Championship Fall For Stampede Stock

Another rodeo season has come to an end for the Calgary Stampede stock. If this were hockey, we would say the team is heading into the post-season with only the major championships left to go. For the horses and bulls of the Calgary Stampede rodeo string, this past couple of months has been a road swing with multiple wins.

 

Stampede Rodeo Stock

Jake Vold Rides Xplosive Skies to the win in Hermiston

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Giving back to the community: Stampede volunteers paint the town

On Saturday, September 17, fourteen volunteers from the Community Projects & Development, Next Generation and Promotion volunteer committees participated in the City of Calgary’s Paint the Town program. Through Paint the Town, volunteers paint the exteriors of seniors’ homes, from the trim, to fences, to decks and railings.

The house we went to belongs to a senior who has lived in her home for 59 years–next year, will be her 60th anniversary in the house. She told us that she hadn’t done much to the home since her husband died five years ago.

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Stampede volunteers with the homeowner. She got to keep the hat!

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Take the road less travelled to the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler

On October 12-16, the Calgary Stampede will welcome hundreds of competitors from across North America to the annual Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler. Some will fly in. Others will come, hauling horses from thousands of miles away. The end goal is the prestigious competition in the state-of-the-art Agrium Western Event Centre. But getting here, and enjoying the city and surrounding countryside can make the experience just that much more memorable.

We spoke with two of the top competitors from 2015 about the competition, and the importance of enjoying the scenery along the way. Russ Elrod, the 2015 Open Futurity Champion, resides in Terrebonne, Oregon.  Carl Gerwien, the 2015 Non Pro Futurity Champion, lives just outside of Calgary near the town of Nanton, Alberta.

Russ Elrod, 2015 Open Futurity Champion

Russ Elrod, 2015 Open Futurity Champion

Carl Gerwien, 2015 Non Pro Futurity Champion

Carl Gerwien, 2015 Non Pro Futurity Champion

 

 

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Meeting horses and other adventures at Stampede School

When was the first time you got to pet a horse? For many Calgary students, it’s at Stampede School. Professional horse trainer Muffy Knox visits Stampede school almost every week with two equine assistants and the goal to teach kids about horse communication and the proper way to handle and look after horses.

Muffy Knox Stampede School

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Why this year’s Stampede Doors Open will be the best ever

The Calgary Stampede is once again participating in Doors Open YYC. We are excited to give you a behind-the-scenes look at little-seen places in the Stampede Grandstand, Rodeo chutes and chuckwagon barns, with some new twists this year! You will learn about the inner-workings of our biggest events: the Stampede Rodeo, GMC Rangeland Derby and the TransAlta Grandstand Show. Here are a few reasons why a (free!) visit to Stampede Park will be a great way to spend your Saturday on September 24.

Doors Open - Grandstand plans

This rendering and write up is from the 1972 Stampede annual report. The Grandstand opened two years later.

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Back to school: 10 fascinating facts about our earth, sustainability and agriculture from Journey 2050

Well, this week is back to school—and while many people will be sharing their “What I did this summer” stories, we are asking: What are you excited to learn about this year?

Here’s something to get your wheels turning: How will we sustainably feed the world in 2050?

Whoa, that is a big question! And this question is at the heart of a one-of-a-kind education program for grade 7-12 students at the Agrium Western Event Centre on Stampede Park. It’s called Journey 2050.

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Journey 2050 students

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Top rodeo competitors earn invitations to the 2017 Calgary Stampede

With the end of the 2016 Canadian Pro Rodeo Wrangler Tour, comes the beginning of great things at the 2017 Calgary Stampede. The tour wrapped up this past weekend in Armstrong, BC with five of the top competitors earning themselves an invitation to next year’s rodeo in Calgary. Each year at the end of the Wrangler tour, we invite the winners in Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down and Bull Riding to join us at the Stampede the following season.

Jake Vold riding L-36 Licorice Baby

Jake Vold riding L-36 Licorice Baby

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