10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about the Stampede Showriders

Calgary Stampede Showriders auditions are coming up on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at the Barron Barn in Turner Valley. Showriders alumni Haley Peckham and Mazlie Gehring decided to share some inside information about the prestigious riding ensemble for prospective members and admiring fans. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the Showriders:

1. The Showriders were formed in 1985 as a colour guard for the Calgary Stampede Showband.

Originally, the Showriders existed to accompany the Showband in parades and rodeos across southern Alberta. Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, the equestrian group has since developed its own identity as a unique Calgary Stampede Foundation educational program that develops members’ riding skills and provides opportunities to travel, perform, and compete.

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2. Boys are allowed

Historically, the Showriders have been comprised of female riders, but male riders are allowed in the group!

3. The Showriders and the Stampede Showband rehearse together before parades so that the horses get used to being around the band.

Most horses don’t spend a lot of time around trumpets and bass drums, so the Showriders and Showband get together to practice before the summer performance season begins. This helps the horses acclimate to the loud sounds.

4. Showrider horses are as much part of the team as the riders.

Much of the Showrider rehearsals involve the horses getting to know each other and learning to work together. Showrider horses learn to be calm and resilient, in addition to the unique performance skills they acquire through clinics and rehearsals. Pairings are also made based on how the horses get along with each other. The riders learn how to take better care of their horses through information sessions on topics such as “how to feed your horse,” “how to keep your horse energized” and “how to condition horses to keep them in shape between practices.”

5. The Showriders use A LOT of hairspray and glitter.

Gehring told us that she goes through six cans of hairspray and an absurd number of bobby pins during Stampede time. What else could keep their hair looking fabulous after a performance in the Infield? They also go through a lot of glitter. Apparently, it is easy to spot the Showriders’ area in the barns because it is covered in glitter. If you look closely, you’ll see that they also stencil a “C lazy S” in glitter on each horse every day.

6. The Showriders aren’t the ranch girls that carry the flags during the Calgary Stampede Rodeo.

The Calgary Stampede Ranch Girls are an entirely separate program from the Showriders. The Showriders sometimes also carry flags, but you’ll notice that they dress differently and give a performance similar to the RCMP Musical Ride.

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7. They are different than American-style drill teams.

American drill teams are known for their speed, the Showriders are known for their precision, something they call “sitting pretty.” The Showriders also have a much shorter season and are a smaller team compared to most American-based groups, which are often able to ride year round.

8. The Showriders ride behind the Showband for two very important reasons.

The Showriders ride behind the Showband so that the band doesn’t have to step in horse poop (ick!) and so that the horses can see where all that noise is coming from.

9. The Showriders rode as the colour guard for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine (Will and Kate), when they visited the Stampede in 2011.

Peckham recalls Kate saying that the Showriders and their horses were “beautiful.”

10. Being a Showrider is a great way to train to become a Calgary Stampede Queen or Princess.

There is no guarantee that Showriders will go on to become rodeo royalty, but many alumna have become Calgary Stampede Queens and Princesses. Peckham, a 2015 Stampede Princess, and Gehring, this year’s Airdrie Pro-Rodeo Princess, both say that their experiences in Showriders helped them to develop confidence and improve their riding ability – important factors considered by judges in rodeo royalty contests.

The Showriders are looking for 14 – 21 year-olds who love to ride and own their own horse. To register for the Showriders clinic and auditions on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, email showriders@calgarystampede.com.

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Stampede Showrider auditions; here’s why you should apply

Do you know someone who has what it takes to be a Calgary Stampede Showrider? The Stampede Showriders are a dynamic group of young equestrians with a distinctive western flair. They perform across southern Alberta and have travelled to destinations in the United States and Europe. The Showriders are holding 2015 auditions on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at the Barron Barn in Turner Valley. They are looking for prospective members between the ages of 14 and 21 who own their own horse. To be part of the Showriders, it is beneficial to have some previous riding experience.

Thinking about auditioning but not sure if you’re the right fit? Twenty-two year old Calgary Stampede Princess and Showriders alumna Haley Peckham told us what it is like to be part of the Stampede’s unique youth riding ensemble. Hayley was a member of the Showriders for six years before being crowned Calgary Stampede Princess in September 2014. She credits the program for enhancing her self-confidence and making her a better rider.

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Peckham as a Stampede Showrider

Most will recognize the Showriders from the Calgary Stampede Parade and their musical ride performances in the Infield before the GMC Rangeland Derby every night during Stampede, but many aren’t familiar with the full range of Showriders’ performances or the work that goes into preparing for those appearances. The Showriders also perform in the new Agrium Western Event Centre and make other appearances in the community, such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital Parade. They have also had the opportunity to travel to, perform, perform and compete during Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming and the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

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Stampede Showriders at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Parade

The girls and their horses rehearse approximately twice each month during the spring leading up to their summer performance season. Haley says rehearsals are an incredible learning experience for both riders and their horses. Rehearsals include time learning about different horses’ personalities and honing performance skills. The Showriders also hold clinics to further improve the girls’ riding and the horses’ resiliency. For example, they participate in an extreme trail clinic every year. Additionally, while riding is typically an individual activity, the Showriders are part of a team, something Haley calls one of her favourite parts of being involved with the group.

And the riders? They come from many backgrounds. Haley’s family has a ranch west of Bowden and grew up around horses. As a little girl, she saw the Showriders on television and knew that she wanted to ride in the Calgary Stampede Parade one day. Some girls come from ranches near Calgary, while others grew up in the city and board their horses out of town.

As Peckham testifies, being a part of the Showriders is a lot of fun and a great opportunity for personal growth.

Prospective members should email showriders@calgarystampede.com for more information or to register for auditions. We hope to see you at the auditions.

Back By Popular Demand: The Showband Dancers!

Last year, the Calgary Stampede Showband was excited to introduce a new section of dancers to its 120 member group of musicians and performers. The dancers were a big hit on the Saddledome Steps and took the Showband’s performances to a new level. This year, the dancers will be back as part of the Showband’s winterguard and summer field show productions in addition to parades and other community performances. According to Showband director Aaron Park, the Showband provides dancers with unique performance and learning opportunities that further advance the Calgary Stampede Foundation’s strong commitment to developing the potential of the young people in our community, providing them with the means to become spirited citizens with strong roots in western heritage and values. The Showband program is designed to develop youth within the performance arts.  Each member of the organization is committed to seeing members achieve musical, performance and personal excellence.

Showband dancer MacKenzie Fraser performing in the Showband's 2014 production, "Aurora" at McMahon Stadium.

Showband dancer MacKenzie Fraser performing in the Showband’s 2014 production, “Aurora” at McMahon Stadium.

Dancer MacKenzie Fraser says that joining the Showband was one of the “most exciting yet different experiences” she’d ever had with dance. She tells us that through Showband the dancers have learned many new things ranging from how to count differently to trusting her friends in colour guard, who are forever spinning and tossing flags around them. The dancers also learned to use field markers and dot sheets – a skill MacKenzie says was challenging, but worth it.

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Showband dancers Cassi Groves and MacKenzie Fraser entertaining crowds at the Saddledome Steps during the 10-day Calgary Stampede.

“The Showband is different than any other organization out there because the band is really the true definition of family with such a positive atmosphere where everyone shares the same goals and passion for band. Choosing to be a part of this wonderful organization I got to experience many wonderful opportunities, gained lifetime friendships, and developed a stronger passion for dance than I ever had before.”

MacKenzie Fraser is 17 years old and previously performed as a member of The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts.

5 ways marching band is better than the gym

Not many would think to hit the marching band rehearsal field when they decide to get in shape, but Calgary Stampede Showband members Logan Clarke (clarinet) and Dylan Rutledge (snare drum) told us that marching band has been a big part of their healthy lifestyle and increased fitness over the past year. If you’re interested in seeing proof that the marching arts give a serious workout, this recent Drum Corps International blog post shows some seriously impressive before-and-after photos. Wondering how marching band members defy stereotypes and get in great shape? Here are five ways that we think marching band is better than your local gym for getting fit:

1. You get to be cultured AND get a great workout

Most students join marching band because they enjoy playing their instruments and love performing, but few anticipate how physically demanding it will be. The Showband works hard year round: it plays challenging music for its summer field show and catchy pop music hits for parades, has indoor percussion and winter guard productions, and has an award-winning concert band program. Plus, members get to travel to some pretty amazing places, like Brazil and Japan. Now THAT’S balance.

2. You won’t know that you are getting in shape

Logan and Dylan didn’t intend to get fit when they joined marching band, but constantly hustling back to their spots during rehearsals and walking at fast paces from performance to performance is a surprisingly rigorous cardio workout.  Plus, holding up instruments for the duration of rehearsals and performances (Dylan’s drum weighs about 45 lbs!) helps members to become strong and toned. According to Logan, it’s easy to get in shape and stay there when you have another goal in mind. Over the season, she says she saw the whole band get faster and stronger. Dylan told us, “The greatest benefit I found from rehearsing was working towards something I loved and getting better at it with each rep. At the beginning of the year I found my self having to catch my breath and sweating a lot from the exertion required to march; the physical strain was difficult at times but by the end of the year I was feeling great and doing long reps in the hot sun actually started to feel good”.

Dylan Rutledge3. You’ll eat healthy, especially when it isn’t convenient

With an extremely busy schedule during the 10-day Stampede, Showband members eat healthy meals and snacks organized by the Stampede Band Committee and parent volunteers. Even when they have to pack their own lunches, students quickly learn that they need to eat balanced meals and stay hydrated to make it through long rehearsals. Dylan made a decision to be healthy about a year ago, dramatically increasing his water intake and replacing processed foods with whole foods. In just a few weeks he found that he had lost excess weight, his self-confidence soared, and band rehearsals were less of an exertion.

Logan Clarke4. Rehearsals are more fun than treadmills and weights

Your average treadmill routine can get stale pretty quickly, but marching band rehearsal keeps members on their toes! Showband members rehearse more than 800 hours each year, most of that playing their instruments and marching. My Fitness Pal, an app/website that tracks calories consumed and burned, tells us that marching while playing an instrument (walking) burns 224 calories/hour, while marching rapidly burns an unexpected 398 calories/hour. Between instruments, props, choreography, and marching, Showband rehearsals and performances are serious (not to mention regular) work-outs. Plus, members are encouraged to run and lift weights outside of rehearsal to help with endurance during performances. Drum Corps International even provides a pre-season work-out guide  to help aspiring marchers to prepare for the rigors of drum corps.

5. 120 of your best friends are there to support you

Consider it the biggest and best group exercise activity around!

Logan Clarke is 17 years old and just finished her first year as a member of the Stampede Showband. Dylan Rutledge is 19 years old and is currently in his fourth year with the Showband. Dylan plans to audition for Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps based in Texas later this year.

Vintage Tractor Pull Returns to the Calgary Stampede

After a forced hiatus last year due to the flood, the Vintage Tractor Pull and Tractor Show & Shine returns to the Calgary Stampede.

The 24th annual Vintage Tractor Pull, presented by Cervus Equipment, takes place on Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m. and Monday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. The event is organized by the Calgary Stampede Farm Equipment committee, which strives to preserve our agricultural heritage for young and old, bringing back to life vintage tractors and equipment.

“Agriculture has evolved from the horse to the vintage tractor to today’s modern equipment built on the latest technology,” says committee chair Don Ellingson. “The Farm Equipment committee provides an opportunity for folks to connect these eras and better understand our agricultural heritage.”

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This year the Vintage Tractor Pull will be moving to new digs – the Scotiabank Saddledome. Don’t miss the rumble of the engines and the cheers of the crowd in this dynamic atmosphere.

“The Farm Equipment committee is excited about this opportunity as it will really allow us to better showcase the vintage tractors in a venue that will provide a more informative and exciting viewer experience,” says Ellingson.

Approximately 24 competitors from across Alberta will descend on Stampede Park with their vintage tractors in hopes of claiming first in their class in the Vintage Tractor Pull. There are six different weight classes – featherweight followed by Class #1 through #5, beginning at 1,000 lbs up to 9,999 lbs. The winner of each class is determined as the longest average on two pulls.

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Between classes during the Vintage Tractor Pull, sit back and take in the Metal versus Muscle show where vintage tractors will square off against a team of powerful Percheron heavy horses – this is horsepower at its finest.

The Tractor Show & Shine is also back this year. Come get an up close and personal look at the immaculately restored vintage tractors from 1960 and older. The Show and Shine takes place on Sunday, July 6 at 5 p.m. on Country Trail between the Agriculture Building and the new Agrium Western Event Centre. This is your chance to talk to the tractor owners who invest significant time and money into restoring these beauties and are truly passionate about their work.

If you miss the Show & Shine, take a walk down Country Trail during the rest of Stampede as two vintage tractors will be on display for all 10 days. You can even climb aboard and have your photo taken with a vintage tractor at a designated time each day.

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And if you’re going to be taking in the Calgary Stampede parade on Friday, July 4, watch for the vintage farm equipment. This year’s parade entry features haying equipment. Three vintage tractors will rumble down the streets of Calgary hooked up to working haying equipment, which includes a 1953 John Deere model 60 with a sickle mower owned by Brian Steiner of Calgary, a 1956 John Deere model 320 pulling a hay rake owned by Wayne Risdon of Strathmore and a Massey Harris model 201 pulling a square baler owned by Don Ellingson of Calgary.

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Don’t miss the Vintage Tractor Pull and Tractor Show & Shine at the 2014 Calgary Stampede. For reminders, follow @stampedeag on Twitter, @stampede_ag on Instagram and like Calgary Stampede Agriculture on Facebook. 

Meet the Volunteers: Kat Macaulay

The Calgary Stampede has 47 volunteer committees and over 2,300 volunteers. We’re sharing their stories year-round. Thanks to Ashley Archer for talking to Kat Macaulay from the Parade Committee.

Kat Macauley with the Chair of the Calgary Stamped Parade Committee on the day of the parade

 

Which committee(s) do you volunteer with?

I am on the Parade Committee; Sub Chair of the Parade Production Committee.

What does your committee do?

The parade kicks off the greatest outdoor show on earth. Our sub committee looks after media, social media, marketing and broadcast of the parade. Our job is to raise the profile of parade and share it around the world!

How long have you volunteered with the Calgary Stampede?

This is my second year as a volunteer.

What’s your favourite thing about volunteering with the Stampede/your committee?

The people. I’ve always been very focused on being an active member of the community and making a meaningful contribution. I don’t believe there’s a better way to get involved in the community of Calgary than volunteering alongside folks at the Calgary Stampede. I’ve met wonderful people and made lifelong friends.

What’s your favourite thing to do at the Stampede when you’re not volunteering?

Love Draft Horse Town. The folks on that committee are so patient, friendly and willing to chat for hours as you pick their brain about draft horses. A must visit stop on park!

Any advice for new visitors to the Stampede?

Leave your comfort zone. Visit the animals. Ask questions. Test the food (even if it seems strange!) And most importantly, take your time and enjoy it!

Best part of Stampede 101 so far?

As a gal from Cape Breton, it was moving to witness the passion, spirit and vibrancy of the community in their efforts to get Stampede back on track after the devastation caused by flooding; it was truly nothing short of miraculous.

Do you know a great Calgary Stampede volunteer? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Happy Stampeding!

Calgary Kinsmen Mile of Dimes River of Support

This year the Kinsmen Club of Calgary will be donating all the proceeds from this year’s ‘Mile of Dimes’ at the Calgary Stampede Pre-Parade towards the Southern Alberta Flood Relief. The ‘Mile of Dimes’ originated in 1942 when there was a milk shortage crisis in Britain during the war. It was called ‘Milk for Britain’. At that time, members of the Kinsmen Club of Calgary walked the parade route collecting spare change toward this cause.

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Kinsmen Canada’s motto is ‘Helping the Community’s Greatest Need’. This year the club unanimously decided the most immediate need was to donate to the flood crisis. To donate your spare change, find the Kinsmen at the pre-parade starting at 7:30am tomorrow morning.

The Kinsmen would also like to recognize corporate donors who would like to support the Southern Alberta Flood Relief during the parade. If you are interested in being a corporate donor or if you are an individual donor who will be unable to attend on parade day please submit your contribution here: http://ubwestern.wix.com/calgarykinsmen.

Another way you can help support the cause is volunteering! The Kinsmen are looking for volunteers to help with selling tickets for the Kinsmen Lotteries on Stampede Park. This year many of their volunteers will be able to help, as they too have been affected by flooding in High River. As a volunteer you will receive entrance to the park, cold or hot beverages and a cold lunch. Each volunteer shift is 5 hours long. All the proceeds generated from the lotteries go back into the Calgary Community. If you are interested in being a volunteer please visit here: http://ubwestern.wix.com/calgarykinsmen#!page3/cee5.

Have a great Stampede everyone and we hope to see you on Parade day and down on the grounds!

Commander Chris Hadfield is Calgary Stampede’s 2013 Parade Marshal!

Did you hear? Commander Chris Hadfield will be Calgary Stampede’s 2013 Parade Marshal! As huge admirers of Commander Hadfield, we are over the moon (sorry guys, couldn’t resist) that he will be here with us to celebrate this year.

Here’s how it all went down.

After this Twitter exchange…

 

 

Calgary Stampede President Bob Thompson issued this offical invitation on YouTube.

And Commander Hadfield said “Yes!”

We are so honoured that you’ll be joining us Commander Hadfield- see you in July! Yahoo!

Crowdspotting – Calgary Stampede Centennial Parade

Friday’s Calgary Stampede parade was an impressive kick-off to the Centennial Calgary Stampede, and many Calgarians joined in the celebration. Check out a few highlights of faces you might recognize here:

Harry the Horse entertains the crowds at Fort Calgary as the Calgary Stampede Parade kicks off.
Photo Credit: Harrison Gallelli

 

Ian Tyson (Parade Marshal), Premier Alison Redford, Calgary Stampede Board Chair Michael Casey and Calgary Stampede Board vice-Chair Bob Thompson greet parade attendees.
Photo Credit: Harrison Gallelli

 

Taken at Fort Calgary as the parade riders got mounted and ready to ride.
Photo Credit: Harrison Gallelli

Gail Gallelli, Calgary Stampede Queen’s Alumni (1960) is all smiles enjoying the parade.
Photo Credit: Harrison Gallelli

 

Premier Alison Redford on horseback in the Stampede Parade.
Photo Credit: Harrison Gallelli

2012 Ultimate Interns – What a start!

Hi from your Calgary Stampede Ultimate Interns! We are all moved into our RV – and they were not kidding, it is in the heart of the midway! It is a hop, skip, and a jump away from many places! It’s the perfect base for us these next 10 days and it already feels like home.

 

Last night at Sneak-a-Peek, ENMAX Corral show Tails opened. The narrations were powerful. One narrator was the talented Tom Jackson, whose rich voice is enough to send shivers down your spine and make you reminisce about those days in the 90’s when you watched North of 60. Animals were incorporated into the play – birds, horses, and even a buffalo! Who knew you could strap a saddle to a buffalo and ride him around a ring? Every time he (she?) came near the edge of the enclosure, Jovita leaned wayyy back – being so close to such a powerful animal was thrilling.

 

This morning we were up bright and early as the Official Parade Tweeters!

 

It was our first live tweeting experience for the Stampede this year, and we had the best seats in the house. We were eyes in the sky on the Castlewood TweetSeats, complete with security guards (compliments of the Calgary Fire Department)!

 

We handed out white centennial bells, encouraging noise and excitement for the parade. The sunshine, crowd, floats, and bands made our morning perfect. Our top 5 favourite things participating in the parade included:

  • The Stampede royalty alumni – you ladies still have it!
  • The standing ovation and loudest of cheers for the Canadian Forces.
  • The colourful native outfits and headdresses.
  • Ian Tyson cowboy saluting us (Yahoo!).
  • The talented marching bands from all over the world.

What are we up to tonight? We can’t tell you… yet. All we can say is that we are really excited. Stay tuned!

If you see us roaming around the grounds, please say hi! We are excited to meet more amazing people these next 9 days! To capture our adventures, follow us on Twitter (@arielleland & @jovitabyzitter).

The Friendly Faces of Stampede: Volunteer Profile – Maggie Schofield, Reception Committee

I was lucky enough to wrangle up Maggie Schofield, Executive Director of the Calgary Downtown Association and a member (and past Chairman) of the Reception Committee to answer a couple of questions about her volunteer experience with the Calgary Stampede.

The Reception Committee looks after all of the Stampede volunteers and their friends and families, giving them a place to meet, relax, enjoy some entertainment and camaraderie, and makes sure they are fed and watered throughout the 10 days.

 1)  What year did you become a Stampede volunteer and why did you decide to get involved?

I became involved with the Stampede in 1989.  I wanted to reconnect with the Stampede, as it is such a big part of our summer and that seemed the best way to do it.  It was also a great way of corporate networking.  I hadn’t been on Park for nearly 10 years.

2)  What is one of your favorite Stampede memories?

Watching the stock horses come in from the ranch into the Saddledome in 2000.  The freedom of the animals, and the power of them swirling in a circle was overwhelming.  Even the real, working cowboys and ranchers in the crowd had tears in their eyes.  It was one of those magic moments at the Stampede that was an unplanned, spontaneous event.  I was able to share it with a good friend who was in Calgary on business from Kansas City.

3)  What Stampede experience or event are you looking forward to the most this year?

There will be so many great celebrations for the centennial that it is hard to imagine what will be the best, but I am looking forward to seeing Ian Tyson as Parade Marshall, and Paul Brant performing at the Grandstand.

4)  What’s your favorite midway food

Fiddlesticks.

5)  What’s your best advice for a fun Stampede?

Comfortable shoes!  Try not to plan every moment, as many activities will pop up and there will be great opportunities to see great things and meet wonderful people from Calgary and around the world.  Know that the Stampede happens in a lot of areas of the city, not just Stampede Park, so make the effort to go to different locations.

For more Stampede Stories check out My Stampede where you can view personal stories and share your own for the chance to win some incredible prize packages!

Countdown to Step Off…

The countdown is on and the pressure is mounting – especially with an even more regal audience than normal! The legendary Calgary Stampede parade is only a couple of days away and you can just feel the excitement in the air.

We have marching musicians from all over the world (and just around the corner) fighting some major butterflies in their stomachs today as they put the final touches on their parade performances. Polishing instruments, final rehearsals (that sometimes last for hours and hours on end), pressing uniforms and breaking in their marching shoes – it’s all part of preparing for the rush of seeing thousands of people gathered to see the parade go by.

For 2011, we have bands that are experiencing their first Stampede (yahoo and a warm Stampede welcome to our first timers!!), and others who haven’t missed a parade since, well, almost since the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth came to be!

There will be 18 bands in this year’s Stampede parade – some from as far away as Australia and some as big as 315 members. Be sure to give them a warm Calgary welcome and let them know you appreciate how much work goes into what they do! There’s no faking it – these talented folks work super hard to look, sound and be as good as they are.

And don’t forget: your local Calgary bands are some of the most impressive on the planet, so be sure to let them know how proud you are of the hard work, commitment, time and pride they put into what they do. They represent you around the world – just like our visiting bands do for the places they’re from – wouldn’t you want your local bands to feel the love from other crowds!?

So when you hear them coming, clap in time to the music and give them a big YAHOO – especially if you’re on the east of 9th Avenue at the end of the route….they need the boost of energy and support from the crowd!

HAPPY STAMPEDE!

STAMPEDE 2010!

Calgary Stampede 2010 was the most exciting time I have experienced. Nothing could have prepared me for the ten days of celebration.

I met hundreds of people at the many events I attended. The entire city of Calgary was alive with western heritage and values – The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth had finally arrived! Many visitors came to watch and participate in the parade that was the kick off to the Stampede. This year as the Indian Princess, I rode the Indian Princess horse Stormy in the parade. That was an unforgettable experience, to have a chance to wave and greet all the people of the city and world as they watched the parade.

There were many pancake breakfasts that I attended with the trio. It was wonderful to meet so many people at the many breakfasts hosted by the local corporations and businesses.

The rodeo was the one of the many great attractions for many professional cowboys and cowgirls. I was thrilled for the opportunity to ride in the rodeo grand entry. It was very exciting to see all the friendly people smiling and waving back at me.

Each evening the chuckwagon races created high energy as the crowds cheered on their favourite chuckwagon driver and outriders. I had the honour, along with the trio, to escort daily rodeo and chuckwagon winners onto the main stage for their trophies and prize money.

The most exciting event was the celebration of dances, ceremonies and tea gathering at the Indian Village. I was so proud to represent the First Nations people as I was at these Indian Village events.

I am deeply grateful to the many sponsors, chaperones, Indian Events Committee and Indian Princess Committee members that made my experience at the Stampede a memorable one.

Until next time,

Your 2010 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess
Sahvanne Weasel Traveller