Stampede horse shatters arena record in Houston

The Calgary Stampede’s star horses are stamping out their brand all over Texas this season, and none more so than Stampede Warrior. After a string of championship-winning rides already, Stampede Warrior set a new arena record of an astounding 94 points at Rodeo Houston this past Saturday.

Paired with veteran saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss of Louisiana, Stampede Warrior kicked out a fierce and powerful performance with her signature change-up moves. This sharp mare knows how to put on a show, and her kicks and performances grow stronger and stronger with each time out of the chutes since swapping from the bareback to the saddle bronc event this season. DeMoss was up to the challenge, meeting her moves with expert form. Together, the pairing scored an unbelievable 94 points, shattering the previous Houston arena record believed to be 91. Click HERE to view this historic ride on the Rodeo Houston website.

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(Above) Stampede Warrior and Cody DeMoss shatter the arena record at Rodeo Houston this past weekend. Photo courtesy Rodeo Houston.

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What’s Happening at Stampede Park: Sunday, July 17

The final day of the Calgary Stampede brings the finals of many competitions on Park, from the Stampede Rodeo’s Showdown Sunday, the GMC Rangeland Derby finals, the finals of the Stampede Talent Search, and much, much more.

Here’s a taste of some of the things happening on Park today:

  • Showdown Sunday at the Rodeo! The top competitors of 2011 are ready to show their stuff and with a $1 million paycheque on the line for each event, Sunday’s performance will be incredible.
  • It’s Indian Village’s closing ceremonies today with lots going on. Stop by around 6 p.m. to see the official ceremonies although Indian Village will still be open until 11 p.m.
  • Last day to stop by Weadickville for 1912 prices! Be sure to beat the heat with a scoop of MacKay’s ice cream’s 2011 flavour, “pancakes.”
  • It’s the final day of 2011’s new Fashion Show where Calgary’s next top model will be named. Stop by the BMO Centre at 7 p.m. to see who wins!
  • New for 2011, the Jackpot Heifer show takes place today in the Northern Lights Arena from 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. Come watch as the best heifers in Canada compete for the top spot. May the best girl win!
  • Tonight is the finals of the 2011 Youth Talent Search. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Boyce Theatre. This show will be absolutely packed – come early to get the best spot.

Sunday’s Music Scene:

Day Nine Results:

Day Nine News Releases:

With so much to see and do on Park and around town it’s tough to keep track of it all.  Make sure you have all the tools you need to Plan Your Stampede.  We have travel guides, suggested itineraries, and even an online version of the Stampede Planner.  If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or an iPad, make sure you grab the official Calgary Stampede app.

Finally, make sure you tune into our official Twitter feed at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook Fan Page for all the latest news, announcements and contest giveaways.

The CS Weekly Wrangle – June 25, 2011

This week’s Weekly Wrangle features details of the 2011 Royal Tour, the Stampede Parade, new animal care standards to be implemented at this year’s Stampede, and the winner of the Calgary Stampede’s Ultimate Intern contest!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

  • Stampede Parade to highlight Royal Couple’s Tour of Alberta:  Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the province of Alberta from July 6 to 8.  The stop in Alberta will be highlighted by their participation in the annual Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8.
  • Government of Canada Unveils Details of 2011 Royal Tour:  The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the itinerary of the Royal Tour of Canada by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
  • Stampede Lotteries unveils $1.4 million in prizes:  More than $1.4 million in prizes were unveiled today as the Calgary Stampede Lotteries showcased its impressive 2011 lineup. Included was the much-anticipated Homes By Avi Rotary Dream Home, valued at $724,950, Lions Lucky Loot worth up to $310,000 and Kinsmen Wheels totalling more than $461,283.

Monday, June 20, 2011

If you want to stay up-to-date with all of the Calgary Stampede’s news stories and media releases, keep an eye on our e-News Portal at http://news.calgarystampede.com, subscribe to the e-News Portal RSS feed, or follow the official Calgary Stampede Twitter account at @calgarystampede.

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: June 20 – 26

This week features Rihanna as she, alongside special guests B.o.B. and J. Cole., perform at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Details on that and more here:

  • Rihanna:  Featuring all new costumes and stage designs, R&B recording artist Rihanna will be gracing Calgary with an all new production on the Canadian leg of her Loud Tour, alongside special guests B.o.B. and J. Cole. Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Stampede Volunteer Showdown:  Every year, a couple of weeks before Stampede, all 2,000+ Calgary Stampede volunteers get together for one big bash.  If you’re a Stampede volunteer, this year Showdown will be held in the BMO Centre, Halls D & E.  Dinner and saloon open at 6 p.m.  You’ll be able to pick up your accreditation package at this event or at the People Centre starting June 23.  Please note that because this year’s accreditation is a Photo I.D. pass, volunteers, life members and alumni must pick up their accreditation packages in person.  If you did not submit a head/shoulders photo for accreditation, this will be your final chance to do so.  This event is for Stampede volunteers only.
  • Stampede Casino: Open all year-round and featuring all your favourite slots, tables, a 24 hour poker room, as well as excellent food and special events throughout the year, there’s always something going on down here so why not drop by for a visit? Here’s a taste of what’s happening this week:
    • Weekly Specials: Every week features specials to make your stay at the Stampede Casino more enjoyable. On Sundays, table and slots players can enjoy Afternoon Tea featuring assorted teas, coffee and biscuits from 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays are Neighborly Tuesdays where if a player wins a hand play slot jackpot of $250 or more, their neighbor to the right wins a prize as well. On Wednesdays, patrons aged 55 and over can take a Garden Getaway in the Grasslands Cafe where they can enjoy a $3.99 soup, salad, and sandwich from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Finally, Thursday is Ladies Night at the Centre Bar and the 1912 Bar & Grill as ladies can enjoy half-price wine and appetizer specials from 4-8 p.m.
    • Cheer on the Home Team!: Cheer on the home team with the Stampede Casino! A $20 ticket includes: Bust Loose Party Bus to and from all Calgary Stampeders’ home games, tickets in the Molson Zone, food and drink specials and free underground parking. Stop by the Player’s Zone after games; Six blackjack tables dedicated to sports fans, open Friday & Saturday nights PLUS all home games.

Make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening Here. All Year.

Only 17 days to go until The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

The CS Weekly Wrangle – June 18, 2011

This week’s Weekly Wrangle reveals the opening act for the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys concert this Stampede, MacKay’s Ice Cream’s exclusive Calgary Stampede flavour for this year, and hints on how you can plan your ideal Stampede get-away on Park!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

  • Breakfast for dessert:  MacKay’s Ice Cream is proud to present this year’s signature Stampede flavor – Pancake Breakfast.  Made with MacKay’s deliciously creamy vanilla ice cream, a ripple of real maple syrup, pieces of buttermilk pancake, and bacon – yes, bacon.
  • Cowgirls in the City – The ultimate cowgirl experience:  Move over cowboys, it’s time for the ladies to Cowgirl Up with Cowgirls in the City. This exclusive women’s only rodeo day is focused on raising money for the Calgary Stampede Queen’s Alumni Advancement Fund.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

  • Glee star to open for NKOTBSB:  Attention all Gleeks! Matthew Morrison, aka Mr. Schuester of Fox’s hugely popular musical television series Glee, will be opening for New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys (NKOTBSB) July 13 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

If you want to stay up-to-date with all of the Calgary Stampede’s news stories and media releases, keep an eye on our e-News Portal at http://news.calgarystampede.com, subscribe to the e-News Portal RSS feed, or follow the official Calgary Stampede Twitter account at @calgarystampede.

The CS Weekly Wrangle – June 11, 2011

While the Stampede Blog is a great resource on what’s happening in and around Stampede Park and elsewhere year-round, there’s a lot of news stories and media releases that get published over on our e-News Portal as well.

With the Calgary Stampede only 26 days away, there’ll be more and more information released over there in the lead-up to July. So in an effort to keep everyone informed, every Saturday we’ll round up and summarize all of the articles that have been published throughout the week over on the e-News Portal here in a new feature we’ll call the CS Weekly Wrangle!

So let’s get right to it:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

  • Bow Island man wins trip to Jamaica:  Thanks to Calgary Stampede Lotteries, Bill Ressler and his wife will be heading to Jamaica for two weeks of fun in the sun.
  • Hundreds of experiences, 10 days, one Park:  The Royal Couple, Rick Hansen, Kevin Costner, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Salé and Pelletier, deep-fried Pop Tarts, horses prancing across the Grandstand stage and a guy shooting 200-feet out of a cannon twice a day.  There’s no shortage of surprises at the 2011 Calgary Stampede.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

  • Calgary Stampede’s 2011 rodeo a superstar affair:  This year’s Calgary Stampede Rodeo features a parade of two-legged and four-legged superstars, including 24 current and past world champions, 20 Canadian champions and 20 Calgary Stampede champions – vying for a chance at a $100,000 payday at Showdown Sunday, the richest ride in the world of rodeo.

If you want to stay up-to-date with all of the Calgary Stampede’s news stories and media releases, keep an eye on our e-News Portal at http://news.calgarystampede.com, subscribe to the e-News Portal RSS feed, or follow the official Calgary Stampede Twitter account at @calgarystampede.

The CS Weekly Wrangle – June 4, 2011

While the Stampede Blog is a great resource on what’s happening in and around Stampede Park and elsewhere year-round, there’s a lot of news stories and media releases that get published over on our e-News Portal as well.

With the Calgary Stampede only 34 days away, there’ll be more and more information released over there in the lead-up to July. So in an effort to keep everyone informed, every Saturday we’ll round up and summarize all of the articles that have been published throughout the week over on the e-News Portal here in a new feature we’ll call the CS Weekly Wrangle!

So, let’s get right to it:

Friday, June 3, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

  • Salé and Pelletier to headline the 2011 ENMAX Ice Show:  Back by popular demand, the 2011 ENMAX Ice Show will once again be a part of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.  This year, Olympic and World Champions Jamie Salé and David Pelletier will share the spotlight as the feature skaters.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

If you want to stay up-to-date with all of the Calgary Stampede’s news stories and media releases, keep an eye on our e-News Portal at http://news.calgarystampede.com, subscribe to the e-News Portal RSS feed, or follow the official Calgary Stampede Twitter account at @calgarystampede.

The CS Weekly Wrangle – May 28, 2011

While the Stampede Blog is a great resource on what’s happening in and around Stampede Park and elsewhere year-round, there’s a lot of news stories and media releases that get published over on our e-News Portal as well.

With the Calgary Stampede only 40 days away, there’ll be more and more information released over there in the lead-up to July. So in an effort to keep everyone informed, every Saturday we’ll round up and summarize all of the articles that have been published throughout the week over on the e-News Portal here in a new feature we’ll call the CS Weekly Wrangle!

(and special thanks to all of our fans and followers on Twitter who helped us come up with the name!)

So, let’s get right to it:

Friday, May 27

  • Getting ready for the 2011 chuckwagon season: The 2011 chuckwagon racing season is underway. In fact, six major races will already have taken place before the chuckwagon teams compete at the Calgary Stampede from July 8 to 17. While the majority of the chuckwagon circuit’s races take place in the summer months, the training and conditioning of the horses begins much earlier.
  • Lots and lots… of lots: When Stampede Park guests arrive for the Calgary Stampede this year, they’ll be greeted with 1,837 new prime parking spaces.

Thursday, May 26

  • 2011 Calgary Stampede Coca-Cola Stage lineup released: The Calgary Stampede is world renowned as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for many reasons, one of which is that it’s one of Canada’s largest music festivals.
  • Equine EHV-1: The Calgary Stampede is monitoring the Equine EHV-1 situation very closely, following industry information and consulting with equine veterinary professionals.
  • Calgary Stampede hosts more than 500 4-H members: 4­-H on Parade is the culmination of a year’s worth of time and effort put into a variety of projects by Calgary area youth. More than 500 4-­H members will participate in this year’s event representing more than 40 clubs.

Tuesday, May 24

If you want to stay up-to-date with all of the Calgary Stampede’s news stories and media releases, keep an eye on our e-News Portal at http://news.calgarystampede.com, subscribe to the e-News Portal RSS feed, or follow the official Calgary Stampede Twitter account at @calgarystampede.

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: Thursday July 15

Highlights for Day Seven of Stampede 2010 include Thrifty Thursday ($2 Midway food samples), the Cutting Horse competition finals, and the semi-finals of the Youth Talent Search.

Here are the daily highlights and Day Six results:

  • Grandstand Show: World Party takes you on a wild ride across the world with acrobats soaring through the sky, an incredible motocross show, The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, a great performance by Eva Avila of Canadian Idol fame and much more. This is one party you won’t want to miss! Tickets to the Evening Show include admission to the GMC Rangeland Derby and the Grandstand Show.
  • Cutting Horse Competition Finals: Often compared to watching an intricate dance, the pure athleticism and instinct of a skilled cutting horse is breathtaking to behold. Thursday is the final day to catch the action. Watch as horse and rider work as a team to cut cattle out of the herd in the Agriculture Barn at 5 p.m. This thrilling sport is one of the largest and most exciting equine events in North America. Free with Park admission.
  • Youth Talent Search: The stars of the future are shining brightly at the Calgary Stampede Talent Search, now in its 30th year. This event has often been the first to direct the spotlight on impressive rising talent such as Paul Brandt. This year, 70 amateur youth performers (aged 13 to 21) from across southern Alberta are demonstrating their singing, dancing, acting and musical talents as they compete for cash prizes. Thursday is the semi-finals starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Boyce Theatre. Free with Park admission.
  • Thrifty Thursday: Get your toonies ready and come out to sample your favorite Midway food as many Midway food vendors will be offering $2 samples. Check out your favorite booth to see what they’re offering for Thrifty Thursday!
  • Text questions and a new iPhone app: Have a question or comment about the Stampede? Text the word STAMPEDE followed by your question to 313131 and a Guest Services representative will respond (operating hours are between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.). Download our new iPhone app and stay on top of everything that’s happening on Park and in and around Calgary during The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

On Stage:

  • Nashville North: Krysta Scoggins, Justin Ament, Eric Church, Jo Hikk
  • Coca-Cola Stage: Bob the Builder, Terry Stokes Raul Malo, Doc Walker
  • Saddledome Plaza Stage: Splash n’ Boots, Calgary Stampede Showband, Circo Comedia (new!), Treaty 7 First Nations dancers, Michael Harrison, Visiting Bands performance, Calgary Stampede Showband small ensembles, Recycled Percussion, A Band of Outriders

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What’s Happening at Stampede Park: Sunday July 11

It’s Day Three of Stampede 2010 and here are the daily highlights and Day Two results:

  • Suncor Energy Family Day: Free admission from 6 to 9 a.m. and free breakfast for the first 20,000 guests. Tickets distributed at Park entrances are required to receive breakfast. Enjoy fun family activities all day long!
  • Acrobatic Ice Show: A Rock n’ Roll Fantasy (new!): Join Canada’s elite skating superstars including world renowned Elvis Stojko, Olympic Gold Medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Calgary’s own Olympian Vaughn Chipeur and cirque-style acrobats for this high energy show. Accompanied by live performances of rock n’ roll’s most unforgettable anthems, this spectacle promises to be an unforgettable experience for the entire family. A special performance today at 10 a.m. as well as daily performances at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Stampede Corral (the Superdogs have moved to the upper level of the Big Four Building). Seating is limited so be there early. Free with Park admission.
  • Stampede Slots: A new Stampede Slots room is operating during the Stampede located in the Big Four Building featuring more than 400 slot machines, including 200 new machines. The Stampede Casino on 421 – 12 Avenue S.E. is also open.
  • Draft Horse Town (new!): Draft Horse Town pays homage to the mighty “draft horse” breeds – Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires – and the significant role they played in building Western Canada. Plenty of hands-on activities and exhibits, and a close-up look at these magnificent beasts in action. Climb up on a carriage or “nuzzle up” to a new friend for a memorable picture. Draft Horse Town is located on Saddledome Lane, just south of the Saddledome and north of the Agriculture Building.
  • Youth Speech and Debate Finals: Listen as the top youth speakers debate the growing significance and implications of wind power. The final competition takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Window on the West stage, Western Showcase, in BMO Centre.
  • Vintage Tractor Pull Finals: Come and see the vintage brawn of the barn! Restored vintage tractors, built in 1960 or earlier, will square off in six different weight classes in this popular invitational event under the Stampede’s Big Top. The winners will be determined by the highest aggregate score over two pulls. The finals take place under the Big Top at 3:30 p.m.
  • World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition Finals: Every year, the world’s top craftsmen in this time-honoured profession give their all in front of thousands of spectators in what has become known as the “Olympics of Blacksmithing”, both educating and entertaining the public with their skills and abilities. The semi-finals, finals, and award competitions all happen under the Big Top from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Stage:

  • Nashville North: Karen Lee Batten, Shane Chisholm, Jason Greenley, Aaron Lines
  • Coca-Cola Stage: Thomas and friends, Terry Stokes, Barenaked Ladies
  • Saddledome Plaza Stage: Splash n’ Boots, Calgary Stampede Showband, Circo Comedia (new!), Treaty 7 First Nations dancers, Visiting Bands performance, Calgary Stampede Showband small ensembles, Recycled Percussion, comedian Michael Harrison (new!), A Band of Outriders

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What’s Happening at Stampede Park: Saturday July 10

It’s day two of Stampede 2010 and here are the daily highlights:

  • Cowboy Up Challenge (new!): You’ve never seen anything like this. This extreme competition showcases horse and rider working as one through a challenging obstacle course where time is the deciding factor. Cowboy Up, July 10-12 in the Pengrowth Saddledome at 3 p.m. daily. Free with Park admission.
  • GMC Rangeland Derby: The GMC Rangeland Derby isn’t just something you watch, it’s something you feel. When the klaxon blares, four chuckwagons, 32 horses and 128 thundering hooves roar by with a rumble so intense it shakes 17,000 cheering fans right out of their seats and to their feet! Starting at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets available here.
  • Grandstand Show: The Grandstand Show “World Party” celebrates the astounding beauty and wonder of life on Earth with singing, dancing, Cirque du Soleil acrobatics, daredevil motocross stunts, comedy routines, drumming, magical special effects, and fireworks displays you’ll remember forever. Tickets available here.
  • Bell Midway Circus (new!): The Bell Midway Circus is an outdoor arena featuring acts that are so large (or so crazy) that they simply cannot be confined indoors. ACRODUNK, the Top Cops high dive show and freestyle extreme motocross are some of the fun headliners. The area also provides the perfect vantage point to see the nightly fireworks show. Free with Park admission.
  • Bobs & Lolo: Bobs & Lolo are dedicated to connecting kids to the natural world with music, movement and make-believe. Sharing musical stories that engage, inspire and educate, they teach kids to care about themselves, their neighbours and the planet. Catch them daily at Buckaroos in the Big Four Building at 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free with Park admission.
  • Metal Art Showcase: The Metal Art Showcase is an increasingly popular spinoff of the World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition. Blacksmith artists from around the world are invited to submit unique pieces of metal art, created by using traditional forging methods and techniques. Saturday is the last day of the showcase. See the incredible art in the Palomino Room in BMO Centre during the day followed by a live Metal Art Auction at 7 p.m. Both events are free with Park admission.

On Stage:

  • Nashville North: Karen Lee Batten, Shane Chisholm, Jason Greenley, The Kentucky Headhunters
  • Coca-Cola Stage: Thomas and friends, Terry Stokes, Ok Go
  • Saddledome Plaza Stage: Splash n’ Boots, Calgary Stampede Showband, Circo Comedia (new!), Treaty 7 First Nations dancers, Visiting Bands performance, Calgary Stampede Showband small ensembles, Recycled Percussion, comedian Michael Harrison (new!), A Band of Outriders

For more information on all the events and activities happening today at Stampede Park, as well as an up-to-date version of the daily events schedule, check out the Online Planner (PDF version here).

Highlights for Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wild Card Saturday at the Rodeo

The top six competitors in pools A and B will compete on Wild Card Saturday in a one-shot, go-for-broke performance. The top two in each Saturday event will advance to Showdown Sunday. All six major rodeo events are included – saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel racing. Tonight’s the last shot for the teams competing in the chuckwagons to get into tomorrow’s finals, where $150,000 will be up for grabs.

The Big Show

After the Chuckwagons tonight, The Big Show hits the Grandstand with its unique brand of western magic, including Suzie McNeil, The Wheel of Death and acrobatic feats on the Dream Flight Cable System. TransAlta Lights Up the Night tops off the Show with a spectacular fireworks display that salutes Canada high into the night sky.

International Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Going once, going twice… Sold! The fastest mouths in the west will be at it again this year during the 21st annual International Livestock Auctioneer Competition under the Calgary Stampede’s Big Top. Competitors will be judged on rhythm, clarity, voice control, livestock knowledge, as well as their ability to spot bids and conduct a sale. The final round is in The Big Top at 11 a.m.

Stampede Talent Search Finals

It’s been a long road to make it to the finals of the Stampede Talent Search. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in The Boyce Theatre, 14 performers will compete to join the ranks of previous winners like Paul Brandt, The EarthTones and more.

Duelling Chefs Final

Four of Calgary’s premier chefs have competed this week. The two finalists will cook-off tonight at 7 p.m. at the Atco Kitchen Theatre in Western Oasis, BMO Centre.

Fun for Everyone

Get hypnotized by Terry Stokes or at least have some good laughs watching it happen at the Coca-Cola Stage at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Also on the Coca-Cola Stage, The Lost Fingers are playing at noon and 3:30 p.m.

Hungry?

Looking for an alternative to deep fried? Come have a shot of wheat grass on the Stampede Midway.

New “Must-Sees”

Agrium Ag-tivity in the City is featuring a Croplife Canada presentation. Learn about the benefits, value and safety of plant science technologies. Listen to bugs chewing on plants, participate in the Farming Frank Challenge by managing a farm, and learn about the evolution of food over the past 100 years.

On Stage for Saturday, July 11, 2009

Nashville North: Gord Bamford 9 p.m.

Coca-Cola Stage: Daniel Wesley 8 p.m., Bif Naked 9 p.m.

Saddledome Plaza Stage: Visiting Marching Bands 3 p.m.

Today’s Rodeo Results

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/rodeo/results/

Tonight’s GMC Rangeland Derby Race Results (available after midnight)

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/chuckwagon-races/results.html

Highlights for Friday, July 10, 2009

Chuckwagon drivers sign autographs

Stop by the GMC Tent located near Agrium Ag-tivity for chuckwagon driver autographs. Signings are daily from noon to 1 p.m.

Big names on stage

Kenny Chesney performs tonight at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Joe Diffie hits the Nashville North stage at 9 p.m. The Coca-Cola Stage has big acts tonight with Karl Wolf, Elise Estrada and Kreesha Turner all taking the stage with the first show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Heavy Horse Pull Competition

The Heavy Horse Pull Competition is an exciting event featuring true working horses pulling up to five times their bodyweight. This action-packed event demonstrates the power and skill of these magnificent horses.

Hungry?

Try one of the Stampede’s 2,000,000 mini-donuts sold on Park each year.

New “Must Sees”

This year’s new Lions Groceries for Life lottery gives the winner $700 a month for 20 years. Also don’t miss Les Vitamines. This utterly hilarious pair of juggling acrobats has made it their mission to dazzle audiences of all ages with their extraordinary technical abilities and burlesque-style staging.

On Stage for Friday, July 10, 2009

Nashville North: Joe Diffie 9 p.m.

Coca-Cola Stage: Karl Wolf 7 p.m., Elise Estrada 8:30 p.m., Kreesha Turner 9:30 p.m.

Saddledome Plaza Stage: Treaty 7 Native Dancers and Les Vitamines (show times throughout the day)

Today’s Rodeo Results

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/rodeo/results/

Tonight’s GMC Rangeland Derby Race Results (available after midnight)

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/chuckwagon-races/results.html

Highlights for Thursday, July 9, 2009

Entertainment

Reba performs at the Pengrowth Saddledome tonight and Terri Clark is putting on a show free with admission on the Coca-Cola stage at 9 p.m. Also on the Coca-Cola Stage are some favourite children’s characters including a Playdate with Max & Ruby, Miss Spider and Bananas in Pyjamas hosted by the Fairly OddParents at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Hide your Deep-Fried Oreos, the Cookie Monster will be at Jaycee Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Rodeo

Rodeo continues today at 1:30 p.m. with all six major rodeo events including Wild Pony Racing. In Wild Pony Racing, teams of three youngsters have a blast as they take to the arena in a timed version of the Stampede Horse Race.

Western Art Auction

The Western Art Auction features 85 pieces of original art by Canadian and American artists including the magnificent newly-unveiled piece by Don Oelze that inspired the 2010 Calgary Stampede poster. The auction begins with a light buffet dinner at 5 p.m. in the Palomino Room in BMO Centre. The bidding begins at 6:30 p.m.

Heavy Horse Pull Team Auction

Today at 7 p.m. in the Victoria Pavilion of the Agriculture Building, bidders have a chance to become a Stampede event supporter. Winners of the auction will have their name displayed on the chosen team as they compete for the title of Grand Champion in The Big Top.

All Canada Sheep Classic

Three hundred head of sheep from across Canada will begin competing for top honours in their breed and for supreme titles. The Market Lamb classes are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Victoria Pavilion of the Agriculture Building.

Music

Friends, family and music-lovers will come out and cheer on Calgary’s newest up-and-coming country talent as they compete for the title of the Calgary Stampede’s first “Nashville North Star”. Performances start at 6:30 p.m.

Hungry?

Try the Calgary Stampede’s new cricket or alligator pizza, located in the “pizza on a stick” booth on the Midway. Served daily at 7 p.m.

New “Must-Sees”

The Winners of NBC’s Superstars of Dance Competition, “The Groovaloos”, are performing daily at 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. in the Bell Getaway.

New for 2009 is the Freestyle Extreme Motocross show that performs daily in the Midway Circus (located east of the Big Four Building). Crazy jumps and stunts have been thrilling packed audiences. Showtimes today are 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. An additional show at 10:30 p.m. has been added for Friday and Saturday night only.

On Stage for Thursday, July 9, 2009

Nashville North: Jason Blaine 9 p.m.

Coca-Cola Stage: Terri Clark 9 p.m.

Saddledome Plaza Stage: The USA Break Dancers 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Today’s Rodeo Results

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/rodeo/results/

Tonight’s GMC Rangeland Derby Race Results (available after midnight)

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/chuckwagon-races/results.html

Highlights for Tuesday July 7, 2009

Western Heritage Day

Seniors are invited to come down and enjoy the Calgary Stampede with free admission all day plus free refreshments and entertainment in the Stampede Corral. Seniors also receive free WestJet Skyrides all day and a free bingo play at the top of each hour.

Showbands Live!

Don’t miss Showbands Live! Where nearly 1,000 competitors from as far away as Australia and Taiwan compete for top honours and prize money. Competition starts at 1 p.m. The Showcase Performance is at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony is held at 8 p.m. in the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Rodeo

Rodeo action continues at 1:30 p.m. today. New for 2009 Western Heritage Day, seniors can get Free Copper Section Rodeo and Evening Show tickets (limited seating). Tickets are available at the Grandstand Ticket Office starting at 10 a.m.

Ag-tivities

The Canadian National Miniature Horse show wraps up today with shows from 8 a.m. to noon at The Big Top and from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Northern Lights. The Canadian Supreme Halter Champion will be awarded at the end of the show.

New “Must-Sees”

The Heebee-jeebees are new on the Coca-Cola Stage for 2009. Showtimes today at 12:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Indian Village

The Indian Village has been part of the Calgary Stampede since 1912. Watch traditional handgames, cheer at a tipi raising contest, admire native handicrafts or learn about traditional meat cutting skills. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hungry?

New at the Harvest Room Café located in the Plus 15 level, BMO Centre try the Wonton King’s signature Wonton Soup.

On Stage for Tuesday July 7, 2009
Nashville North: George Fox, 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Kentucky Headhunters 9 p.m.
Coca-Cola Stage
: Inward Eye 8 p.m. The Trews 9 p.m.
Saddledome Plaza Stage: Treaty 7 Native Dancers 2:30 p.m.  A Band of Outriders 7 p.m.

Today’s Rodeo Results

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/rodeo/results/

Tonight’s GMC Rangeland Derby Race Results (available after midnight)

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/chuckwagon-races/results.html