About Kristina Barnes, Communications Manager, Western Events & Agriculture

Communications Manager, Western Events & Agriculture

Beyond beef; Winter’s Turkeys a flavourful favourite in the Calgary Stampede kitchens

Dedicated to using local products whenever possible, the Calgary Stampede Culinary team is passionate about building strong relationships with producers through its Grown Right. Here. program.

“Working with locally raised products is a chef’s dream,” says Calgary Stampede executive chef Derek Dale. “We’re able to live that dream nearly every day.”

The innovative Grown Right. Here. program was created back in 2008 with a focus on showcasing products grown or raised in Alberta. While many visitors come to come to Calgary expecting to see beef on the menu, there are many more equally flavourful options.

“The Stampede is world renowned for the Alberta beef we serve to our guests,” says Dale. “But we also have very strong relationships with other producers, including our local poultry producer Winter’s Turkeys.”

Farming family at Winters Turkeys

Farming family at Winters Turkeys

Located 30 kilometres east of Calgary in Dalemead, Alberta, the Winter’s farm has been raising turkey for four generations. Since 1977 husband and wife team, Darrel Winter and Corrine Dahm have been at the helm, raising free range, certified organic and heirloom turkeys. As a major supplier for the Calgary Stampede kitchens, they provide approximately 8,000 pounds (3,600 kgs) of turkey per year.

“It’s a relationship with many benefits,” says Dale. “We can ensure we are working together to reduce our carbon footprint and practice sustainability, while also being able to serve Stampede guests the best tasting free range and organically grown turkey in Alberta.”

And when it comes down to the cooking, Dale believes the hard work and care the Winter’s farm and other local suppliers put into their products makes it easy for his team. “The quality of the products is so superior, salt and pepper is all you really need to add!”

Derek Dale, Calgary Stampede

Derek Dale, Calgary Stampede

For more information on Winter’s Turkeys visit:

Facebook – Winter’s Turkeys
Twitter- @wintersturkeys
Instagram – wintersturkeys

*This article appears in the Calgary Stampede International Agriculture and Agri-food committee’s Profile magazine. Now available in print, you can also enjoy it online on the IAC web page. You’re also invited to follow the IAC on Facebook or Twitter.

Advice from an Aggie Days super-fan

I live with an Aggie Days super-fan. It’s an annual highlight for him; something he asks about throughout the year. And right now the anticipation is high in our house, with the animal-filled adventure just days away. When asked just what it is about Aggie Days that he loves so much, the answer is simple.

“It’s fun and way awesomer than school!”

While I can imagine there are quite a few things that rank as ‘awesomer than school’ when you’re six, not much can compete with Aggie Days in his books.  So who better to ask about some of the top must-see events and must-do activities?  Here are his top five picks with descriptions:

  1. Stock dogs – “Basically they just chase the sheep into the pen.”  He doesn’t make it sound very exciting, but it is! The dogs listen to whistle-commands from their handler who stays on the side the whole time - blowing the whistle in different patterns and pitches to guide the dogs – it’s amazing to watch!

Aggie Days Stampede Park

  1. Wagon rides – “It’s kind of cool because you get to ride around the Stampede rodeo arena and stuff, where they drive monster trucks.”   We may have been to Monster Jam in the Stampede Grandstand a time or two…

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Building on our past, looking to the future – Agriculture at the Calgary Stampede

For ten days in July, Stampede Park in downtown Calgary is a whirl of colour and sound, with ferris wheels and fireworks, mini donuts and midway games. But at its heart, as they always have been, are animals and agriculture.

The 10-day festival, which hosts more than one million visitors from across Canada and around the world, is a celebration of community spirit and western traditions. It encourages visitors from all over the globe to put on some boots, and make a connection to Western Canada’s rural roots.

“The Calgary Stampede is one of the few places left in the world that still celebrates agriculture. We make it a commitment to introduce the urban population to the rural population,” says Stampede president & chairman of the board, Dave Sibbald. A local rancher whose family has been part of the Stampede for many generations, Sibbald is passionate about keeping the connection to agriculture alive. “It’s never been more crucial than it is today as the urban population becomes further and further removed.”

David Sibbald (L) with his family

David Sibbald (L) with his family


Sibbald and two of his horses

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Meet the rookies!

Introducing Dustin Gorst and Cody Ridsdale; both chuckwagon drivers will be competing for the very first time in Calgary this Stampede 2017.

Dustin Gorst

For years he has raced the Calgary Stampede track; holding steady until the klaxon blared, then leaping fearlessly onto the back of an already flying, high-powered thoroughbred.

Dustin 1

As an outrider, Dustin Gorst is a veteran competitor at the Stampede. He has also driven the track as the demonstration driver. But for the first time in 2017, Gorst will be among the 36 drivers guiding their thundering teams around the track in pursuit of the championship and a share of more than $1.15 million in prize money. It is a sport that’s in his blood. Continue reading

10 things to love – in pictures – about being a chuckwagon advertiser!

Chuckwagon advertisers get a Stampede experience like no other–it is an exclusive opportunity to share with clients, family and friends something that no one else at the Stampede gets to experience. Your chance to a part of this rare, behind-the-scenes experience is at the 2017 Canvas Auction, coming up on Thursday, March 23.

Here are 10 things that make being a chuckwagon advertiser one of the best ways to experience the Stampede. Period.

1. Feel the thunder of hooves and the excitement of the crowd as a wagon carrying your logo races around the track.

Feel the thunder of hooves and the excitement of the crowd as a wagon carrying your logo races around the track.

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Living the ‘Wild Life’ at the OH Ranch

There’s no question the historic OH Ranch is a special place.  With the Calgary Stampede as a steward of the land, it remains a working cattle ranch with a remarkable history stretching back more than 130 years. But it’s not just that history that the Stampede strives to preserve on the 8,000 acre property along the Highwood River west of Longview.

Beautiful View

It's not  unusual to spot a Grizzly Bear roaming OH land

A Grizzly Bear roams the OH Ranch


It’s not uncommon for ranch manager Ken Pigeon and his wife Deb to spot a variety of wildlife on the land. The cold snap in January had many animals making their way a bit closer to the ranch buildings to forage for food.

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Kicking 2017 off to a great start!

It’s always fantastic to hear compliments from other rodeos about our Calgary Stampede bucking stock. But the horses’ recent performance in Denver at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo is drawing extremely high praise.

“They steal the show from the rest of the stock contractors that are there,” said Leon Vick, Denver’s Senior Director of Rodeo and Horse Show Operations.

Tootsie Roll and Richmond Champion earn 85 points in Denver

Tootsie Roll and Richmond Champion earn 85 points in Denver

47 Calgary Stampede horses were in Denver for the Colorado VS the World Rodeo on January 7, as well as the Pro Rodeo performances that followed on January 12-22. The results on the scoreboard from those events back up Leon Vick’s compliments. In Saddle Bronc, all three rounds of the PRCA sanctioned competition were won on Stampede horses, with Cody Wright riding Tokyo Bubbles for the top score in the finals.

Bareback competition also went well, with two second place finishes on CS stock in the first two rounds, a win for cowboy Jake Brown on our Reckless Margie in the finals, and a 87.5 point championship clinching ride for Tim O’Connell on Tootsie Roll.

“They’re just bigger, stronger and buck better,” said Vick, when asked what makes Calgary Stampede horses stand out from the crowd. “They’re good in the chute and guys get out on them easy. They really perform well, they’re very showy and they tend to help the guys win a lot of money. “

Tim O'Connell captures the championship thanks to another great ride provided by Tootsie Roll

Tim O’Connell captures the championship thanks to another great performance from Tootsie Roll

With competition in Denver wrapped up, the horses have now made the move to San Antonio, Texas. They will enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation before returning to action at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, February 9-26.

Vegas, Baby!

On a football field out behind the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, 13 Calgary Stampede horses and two bulls are settling into their temporary home for the biggest rodeo event of the year, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Invited to compete because they are among the best-of-the-best, they will carry some of the top competitors in the sport over ten days of rodeo action.

thomas and mack

The trip from the Calgary Stampede Ranch to the glitz and glamour of Vegas isn’t a particularly quick one when travelling with livestock. With frequent stops along the way, Calgary Stampede livestock coordinator Ken Rehill (better known in the rodeo world simply as Goose) made the trip with the stock in three days. Now in Vegas, he’s turned their primary care over to the NFR’s team of caregivers. The animals are housed in a secure area where stock from other contractors is kept as well. Their well-being and safety a number one priority, they are checked regularly as well as fed and cared for.

“They’re settling in well,” said Goose, in the lead up to the big event, “they’re all quiet and relaxed.” He points to the airport flight path as the biggest issue they’ve had to deal with, with planes flying overhead. While not something they’d see at home on the Stampede Ranch, the horses and bulls are pros and easily adjusted to the noise.

With a little rest and relaxation they will be ready to compete come the start of the rodeo December first. And here’s a fun fact about our bucking horses that will be competing this year. Nine of the thirteen horses are offspring of our six time world champion, Grated Coconut.

Grated Coconut competes at the 2009 NFR (photo courtesy PRCA)

Grated Coconut competes at the 2009 NFR (photo courtesy PRCA)











Complete Calgary Stampede Stock List for the National Finals Rodeo

Bareback horses

S-65 Shadow Warrior

S-77 Soap Bubbles

S-83 Special Delivery

T-19 Tootsie Roll

T-29 Trail Dust

X-9 Xplosive Skies

R-82 Reckless Margie


Saddle Bronc horses

T-38 Timely Delivery

S-66 Stampede Warrior

T-65 Tiger Warrior

T-77 Tokyo Bubbles

W-16 Wild Cherry

W-46 Waning Moon



003 Wranglers Extreme

201 Night Moves


8 buckles and a super-star bronc at the Canadian Finals Rodeo!

It would be a huge understatement to say that Calgary Stampede horses and bulls did well at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, which took place November 9-13. We know they’re superstars, and they proved it over and over again in Edmonton. Six horses and two bulls carried cowboys to top paychecks over the five days of action, earning an incredible 8 go-round buckles.

One of those round winners, Wild Cherry, wowed the crowd and the judges in the final performance of Saddle Bronc riding. Combining with cowboy Layton Green for an 86.5, he was spectacular, earning himself the title of Saddle Bronc Horse of the CFR.

 Night Moves tosses Sage Kimzey into the mud at the 2016 Calgary Stampede

Night Moves tosses Sage Kimzey into the mud at the 2016 Calgary Stampede

Another notable performance came on Night Moves, a bull that put PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey into the mud during the 2016 Calgary Stampede. Previously unridden until the CFR, the big black bull met his match in Tim Lipsett. Lipsett rode his way to a win and a big payday, with an 86 point score.

John Rule, Calgary Stampede Rodeo Committee Chair, with Canadian Steer Riding Champion Dixon Tattrie - Courtesy CFR

John Rule, Calgary Stampede Rodeo Committee Chair, with Canadian Steer Riding Champion Dixon Tattrie – Courtesy CFR

The Calgary Stampede would like to congratulate all of the newly-crowned Canadian Champions, including those who battled their way to the very top of the novice events. Committed to the future of rodeo, the Stampede works hard to support and grow the up-and-coming generation of superstars through our Novice tour and as a proud partner of the Canadian Finals Rodeo. We were thrilled to have Rodeo committee chair John Rule on hand to congratulate the winners at the Canadian Finals and we look forward to seeing the skills of Steer Riding Champion Dixon Tattrie, Novice Bareback Champion Tanner Young and Novice Saddlebronc Champion Kolby Wanchuk in the Calgary Stampede arena in years to come!


The 2016 Cutting Horse Futurity saw tough competition, new technology and western spirit

It was a case of go big or go home.

Cayley, Alberta’s Dustin Gonnet knew he needed a big score in the second round of the Open Final at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, after facing down a tough cow in the first round and having the judges penalize him.

“If I wouldn’t have been nailed with that hot quit, I might not have been near as aggressive as I was,” Gonnet said after the event, giving credit to the horse he was on, RPL Cat N Around, for eventually pulling off a big win in the class. “She is super confident about her job. She’s a show pony.”

Dustin Gonnet on RPL Cat N Around, owned by Ronald Patton of Nanton, Alberta

Dustin Gonnet on RPL Cat N Around, owned by Ronald Patton of Nanton, Alberta

As a National Cutting Horse Association sanctioned event, this year’s Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity attracted Canadian riders from across the prairies and American riders from as far afield as Texas.  In total, 331 horse-and-rider pairs competed in seven classes for a share of more than $355,000 in prize during the event October 12 to 16 in the Agrium Western Event Centre.

In the sport of cutting, each horse and rider is faced with a herd of cattle and just two and a half minutes on the clock. Working together they separate, or ‘cut’, a cow from the herd.  The rider then drops the reins and allows the horse to use its instincts, strength and agility to mirror the movements of the cow and keep it from the herd.  This can be repeated two more times as long as there’s time on the clock.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, and for guests interested in extra insight into each run, ‘Smart Bug’ personal listening devices were offered during the Saturday Night Cut of the West.


Used for the first time during the cutting at the Calgary Stampede in 2016, the ear buds were again extremely popular with the crowd at the Futurity on Saturday night.  Listeners were able to hear expert commentary and better understand the judging and incredible skills of the horses and riders.

Guests to the Saturday Night Cut of the West were also on hand for a very special award ceremony, as Travis Rempel was recognized as this year’s Calgary Stampede Western Elite Rider.

Calgary Stampede Western Elite Rider, Travis Rempel, with the Calgary Stampede Royalty and Western Performance Horse committee member

Calgary Stampede Western Elite Rider, Travis Rempel, with the Calgary Stampede Royalty and Western Performance Horse committee member

The award recognizes the incredible skills and success of the men and women who dedicate their talents and time to the versatility of the western performance horse.  Created in celebration of the three western performance horse events offered at the Calgary Stampede, the Team Cattle Penning competition, the Cutting Horse competition, and the Working Cow Horse Classic, the Western Elite Rider is awarded to the rider who earns the most points by placing in the top ten of at least two events.

A victory in the Open Finals of the Cutting Horse competition propelled Rempel to the top in 2016. Rempel says competing during the Stampede is a unique but incredible experience.

“It’s electric; the people, the music, the announcer and the fact that you’re here during the rodeo.” He says the honour of being named the Stampede’s Western Elite rider is extremely special to him, and it means even more to him to have achieved it surrounded by friends.

“To me the cool thing about this sport is that you can be in competition with someone, but they’re your friends and they want to you do well. It’s fun to be around. It’s the best.”

Full results from the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity are available here.

The Legendary Lynx Mountain

It was everything a final ride should be.

On August 6, 2016, Zeke Thurston climbed into the chutes at the Home on the Range Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match. Surrounded by the rustic beauty of western North Dakota, the crowd seated around the natural amphitheatre cheered him on. Thurston settled into his saddle, nodded his head, and exploded out into the arena on the back of the Calgary Stampede’s Lynx Mountain.

“She reared out of there, she was just up and down and had a few moves up in the air,” said Thurston. “She’s just the epitome of a bucking horse.”
At 22 years old, and already a two-time Calgary Stampede Champion, Thurston has many more years ahead of him in the sport. Lynx Mountain, on the other hand, made her final ride that day.

Lynx Mountain carries Zeke Thurston to the win – photo courtesy Robin Blankenship

Lynx Mountain carries Zeke Thurston to the win – photo courtesy Robin Blankenship


“She’s 15 now, and has done as much as she’s needed to do,” said Stampede Ranch Manager Tyler Kraft, reflecting on her career. “She went to the CFR, Vegas, Texas. To go out on top winning Home on the Range, I felt like it was a nice place to call it quits.”

Lynx Mountain carried Thurston to the win in North Dakota, and earned herself a bronze in the process as the top Saddle Bronc Horse of the event. Finishing in top spot has been a familiar spot for her from the very beginning. Over the span of her career, cowboys who drew Lynx Mountain had a 25 per cent chance of taking first place.

“She’s the horse you wanted. Big rodeo, small rodeo, it didn’t matter” said Thurston Adding, “She’s just been so good for so long.”

Lynx Mountain with Wade Sundell at the 2014 Calgary Stampede

Lynx Mountain with Wade Sundell at the 2014 Calgary Stampede

As a five year old Lynx Mountain made it to the Canadian Finals Rodeo for the first time, and has been selected to compete every year since then. Her style and ability to allow riders to showcase their skills also earned her yearly trips to the National Finals Rodeo from 2007 – 2016. But through all the years of competition, it wasn’t just Lynx Mountain’s abilities in the arena that endeared her to those closest to her.

“She’s pretty calm, just one of those horses that’s an easy keeper,” says Kraft. Adding with a laugh, “She gets along well with the other horses as long as they remember who’s at the top of the pecking order!” Affectionately describing her as the ‘Queen Bee’, Kraft says Lynx Mountain is definitely a leader, with lots of followers and friends. He points to Fearless Warrior and Gross Beetle as the two horses she most prefers to spend time with both on the road and at home on the Stampede Ranch.

A peaceful morning at the Stampede Ranch

A peaceful morning at the Stampede Ranch

Lynx Mountain will be enjoying ranch life full-time now that she’s retired. The mare is the daughter of a horse named Turtle Mountain and was sired by Stampede stud Walleye Roan. As part of the Stampede’s Born to Buck breeding program, it’s now hoped she can carry on that valuable blood line.

“Her being a mare, that’s special,” said Thurston, clearly passionate about the animals that carry him to victory in the sport he loves. “You can keep that horse’s blood lines with Calgary for many more generations and keep that greatness going. Hopefully we get a bunch of baby Lynx Mountains!”
We hope so too!

Watch a special tribute video here 

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.

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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In It to Win It – Here Come the Bensmiller Brothers

It could be considered a pretty high-stress situation. But Kurt Bensmiller is keeping his cool about this year’s Calgary Stampede.

“I’ll be going there to win, just like every year,” he says. “Whether the cards are in my favour? We’ll see in mid-July.”

What Bensmiller and many others will be waiting to see, is whether he can capture a third straight championship at the Calgary Stampede’s GMC Rangeland Derby. Only three men have ever managed that in the event’s long and storied history. Rolling in to the first races of the season, Bensmiller is not letting that get to him.

“If there’s any pressure, it will be what I put on myself,” he says, adding he’s feeling good about the strength and depth of his barn with 16 new horses added to his team of veterans this spring.  But in Calgary, 35 other chuckwagon drivers will be looking to turn up the heat, setting their sights on knocking Kurt Bensmiller from that top spot. Among them – his younger brother, Chance.

(L) Chance Bensmiller (R) Kurt Bensmiller

(L) Chance Bensmiller (R) Kurt Bensmiller

“If anyone dethrones him, I hope it’s me.”  For years Chance Bensmiller has worked with Kurt, training  in the spring at his elder brother’s home.  But after getting the call from the Calgary Stampede this past fall, Chance decided to change things up.

“I decided to take a different approach on my own, to focus solely on my own horses. I had some things I had to work out.” Despite making the decision to train separately this season, Bensmiller still maintains a strong connection to all of his family in the sport, including father and former Stampede Champion Buddy Bensmiller.

Chance Bensmiller at the 2013 Calgary Stampede

Chance Bensmiller at the 2013 Calgary Stampede

“A lot of guys don’t have a big family like mine. Having my dad, Kurt and brother-in-law Vern (Nolin), that family support is huge.”  While Kurt is the recipient of much of their father’s assistance, Chance claims another family advantage – brother David, a talented and much sought after outrider.

“David’s my first call,” says the younger Bensmiller. “Words can’t even describe how much pressure is lifted off my shoulders knowing he is holding my lead team when the horn blows.”  For Kurt, family is a big part of what brought him into the sport, and what keeps him racing.

“That’s one of the biggest reasons I got into this,” he says, adding “Not many people can love their job as much as I do and be lucky enough to share it with family like I do.”

(L) Chance Bensmiller (R) Kurt Bensmiller

(L) Chance Bensmiller (R) Kurt Bensmiller

As for sharing the wagon box this summer at the Stampede, like they have in the past, both Bensmiller brothers are hoping it just won’t be possible.

“Hopefully we’re both in late heats, and too close” Kurt says with a smile in his voice. “We’ll be too close to help each other. That’s a good thing.”

Fun Fact:

The Bensmillers are among four sets of brothers set to compete at the Calgary Stampede in 2016. There are also four father-son combinations.

Dummy destruction and life lessons at Farm Safety Day

There’s nothing quite like the dramatic destruction of a stuffed dummy to drive home a point about safety. The popular station demonstrating the dangers of a common piece of farm equipment, a power take-off shaft, was a real eye-opener for students at the first ever Farm Safety Day at Stampede Park.

“It’s kind of scary,” Strathmore area student Julia Doble said after watching the demonstration, but added, “kids usually don’t know about these things. Adults usually learn from experience, so it’s good for kids to learn about this early so they can prevent accidents.”

Demonstrating the dangers of the power take-off shaft

Demonstrating the dangers of the power take-off shaft

With recent tragedies in our province’s farming and ranching communities underscoring the need for an event such as this, a mutual desire to support our community’s youth had AltaLink and the Calgary Stampede joining forces for Farm Safety Day.

“I grew up in an agricultural community and have seen the incredible work ethic and can-do spirit rural Albertans bring to the work they do day in and day out,” said Scott Thon, President and CEO of AltaLink. “I am also aware of the complex nature of our agricultural operations and the dangers associated with it. That’s why AltaLink, in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede, hosted Farm Safety Day – to provide education and awareness to our youth on how to work safely and prevent injuries.”

Lunchtime learning at Farm Safety Day

Lunchtime learning at Farm Safety Day

Approximately 700 students took part in the demonstrations and hands-on learning on Thursday, May 26. Focused on helping rural youth learn and identify the risks around them in order to keep themselves safe, the event had a variety of safety-related stations. In addition to AltaLink’s electrical safety game, there were interactive activities on topics ranging from grain safety and confined spaces, to animal behavior. They were also able to see first-hand the powerful impact of accidents, with a demonstration that showed what could happen if an article of clothing were to get caught in a PTO shaft,  as well as a vehicle rollover simulator.

The rollover simulator in action

The rollover simulator in action

For teacher Marleen Belton, the experience was just what she was hoping for when she brought her students from the Rosebud River School, of the Springvale Hutterite colony. The community north of Rockyford, Alberta, relies heavily on farming, with young people becoming involved early on. Belton believes her students will definitely benefit from what they’ve learned at Farm Safety Day.

“It’s sinking in,” she said as the event drew to a close. “When they can come and touch things and see it, the hands-on really helps.” Plans are now in the works to make this an annual event that brings hundreds of rural students to Stampede Park to talk safety every spring.