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  • Here’s why you should apply to be the 2019 Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess 20 August 2018 There are two weeks left to apply to be the 2019 Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess and I encourage all young women who are interested to go for it and try out. Not only does the First Nations Princess  learn about herself and her cultures,  she helps teach people all over the world about how powerful and resilient our people are, while being a role model for other First Nations women. We need more young women as role models for our future generations and our current youth, and there are so many people I have taught this year about our cultures and our people, an opportunity I never would have had if I didn’t apply. This is me in Berlin! One of the many trips I was able to take throughout my year as Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess. One of the most valuable things I have learned about myself this year was just how much knowledge I have to offer others. I have had long and meaningful conversations with complete strangers about topics such as education, cultural sensitivity, language, dances and so much more. I was able to bring forth my own voice and teachings that were passed down […]
  • At the culmination of the performance season, the Stampede Showband prepares to compete in Indianapolis 3 August 2018 The 2018 Calgary Stampede festival has come and gone for the year but the Stampede Showband is still in full swing as they prepare for the SoundSport International Music & Food Festival in Indianapolis. The festival takes place on a smaller spatial scale than what the Showband has been performing in Calgary and with shorter song length requirements. To accommodate their performances, the approximately 150 Showband members have been working hard to compress their 45 minute Saddledome Steps show to seven minutes, while tightening their field movements. This challenge includes learning new songs and new choreography, and both tasks have kept Showband members busy all week. Members of the Stampede Showband rehearsing outside of the TransAlta Performing Arts Studios field. Although the requirements for the SoundSport Festival are tighter, the competition is big. More than 35 ensembles from the United States, Canada and around the globe will be competing in various categories including the full ensemble and events like the DrumLine Battle™. Showband Drumlime members prepare additional songs for the DrumLine Battle™ Preparing for a world-class competitions right after the Stampede festival is to be expected for Showband members as it`s the last month of the group’s annual performance cycle. […]
  • What does a historical collections assistant do? 20 July 2018 Holly Flegal & Jake Sawyer, 2018 Historical Collections Assistants As the 2018 Historical Collections Assistants, we were lucky to spend two months working with Stampede artifacts and learning a lot about collections management.  Today we’re going to share with you some of what we learned, and some of our favourite objects from the Stampede Archives. At the very beginning of our time with the Calgary Stampede, we learned a lot about the basics of archives and collections including how to handle, inspect, and properly catalogue and store artifacts. We were able to assist in the development of an exhibit about the Calgary Stampede Archives that was displayed in Quirk Cabin in Weadickville during the 10-day festival, and we assisted with media events as part of the Community Engagement and Communications team.  We definitely didn’t anticipate how much we would be involved in, but we loved the chance to learn and broaden our horizons! During our time at the Stampede, we also discovered some really interesting objects, so we decided to share our top four favourites with you: A can of ‘Cayooscrap’. A literal can of dirt to give your boots that worn-in look. A letter from Guy Weadick, founder of […]
  • The true meaning of cowboy tough 20 July 2018 This is the type of story Stampede legends are made of. It is a story of friendship, a test of physical limits, and how it all came together on the tallest, longest multi-point event zipline in North America. Every year at the Calgary Stampede, the Cowboy Up Challenge is a must see for guests from all over the world and horse enthusiasts. The fast paced action and incredible horsemanship leaves guests on the edge of their seat, with the vibrant personalities of the competitors making the event a fan favourite.  This year however, it was an event that took place after the Thursday night finals that made the 2018 Cowboy Up Challenge one to remember. Joel Mobley is a South Carolina cowboy who is no stranger to the world of extreme cowboy races. As a popular announcer and professional competitor, Mobley, like virtually every extreme cowboy racer, wanted the coveted invitation to the prestigious Cowboy Up Challenge at the Calgary Stampede. But while working towards that goal, he was suddenly faced with a hardship that would stop him in his tracks – Mobley was diagnosed with an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis in late summer of 2017 and made his […]
  • The Calgary Stampede Showriders Travel to Cheyenne’s Frontier Days, Horses and All! 19 July 2018 Just because the Stampede is over doesn’t mean the Calgary Stampede Showriders get to hang up their hats. This year, the Showriders are excited to have been invited to participate in Frontier Days, happening Monday, July 23 – 28, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Showriders have participated in this annual event several times previously, most recently in 2016 when they won Outstanding Mounted Riding Group. This time, they won’t be showcasing their musical ride, but will be acting as ambassadors of the Calgary Stampede by riding in three of the parades that are daily highlights of Frontier Days. And when we say the team is headed south, we mean the whole team! While renting horses in Cheyenne is a possibility, our horses are just as much part of the Showriders team as the riders and we couldn’t imagine being there without them. Getting them down there is a bit of a process, though. Leaving two days before their riders get on a plane, the horses and all their tack will make the 18-hour journey in an air-conditioned 12-stall trailer (plus an additional four-stall stock trailer since there are 16 on the team this year). This is the same trailer that they’ve […]
  • Showdown Sunday at the Calgary Stampede lived up to every inch of its world class reputation. 16 July 2018 Showdown Sunday at the Calgary Stampede lived up to every inch of its world class reputation. Richmond Champion In the bareback riding, the calendar says 2018 but there was a distinct deja-vu feeling when Richmond Champion pulled the name Virgil out of the hat for the Final Four horse draw. It was the same matchup that won the talented Texan the 2017 Stampede title. This time, the results were even better, as the two seem to get better together every time they meet. The 92.5 point result was enough to give Champion his second straight bronze and $100,000 cheque from the Calgary Stampede. Champion’s uncanny knack of drawing the amazing Virgil baffles even him. “We’ve all walked out there saying ‘OK, give me the grey!’ To reach in there and grab him, was… ‘thank you, God’. It was just crazy,” said Champion, about his third time on the C5 horse named Bareback Horse of the Year for 2017. They had also won the Ponoka Stampede together just two weeks ago. “He’s become a staple of my career in a short amount of time. You’re never comfortable with him. Every time you buck him you’re sorry you asked for him, but […]
  • Wild Card Saturday at the Calgary Stampede 15 July 2018 Wild Card Saturday at the Calgary Stampede is a high stakes race where only two of the dozen contenders in each event ride, wrestle, rope or race their way to a last-minute booking for the richest day in rodeo – Showdown Sunday. Canadian fans in the grandstand were extra excited to see three Alberta competitors among those moving on. Layton Green Saddle bronc rider Layton Green made it all the way to the Final Four last year at the Stampede, but his odds of repeating that looked long. That is, until he nodded his head for Calgary’s Nutty Champagne Saturday. The man from Meeting Creek sat in the middle and spurred to a mark of 86.5. “When you’re one of the first two guys out, you’re in there, but you know you’re probably not in it for long, as good as all these guys ride,” said Green, about the tension he felt until it was all over, and he’d claimed one of the coveted two spots. “I had a great horse. I’d never been on her before. I was happy to have her. I knew it was going to dang sure take some points to get back. Everybody rides so […]
  • Stampede Showband Drumline Alumni amp up the crowd during Canine Stars DogBowl performances 14 July 2018 “Let’s hear it for Kibbles & Beats!” the Canine Stars announcer enthusiastically welcomes Stampede Showband Drumline Alumni members to the stage. These talented musicians and colour guard members have completed their time in the Stampede Showband, even travelled the world with the high-performing group, and some continued their music performing careers participating in bands in the United States. Now, they’re back in Calgary to kick-off every DogBowl performance in the Stampede Corral with an exciting twist. Introducing Kibbles & Beats – members of the Stampede Showband drumline alumni, performing at the DogBowl during Stampede 2018. “It’s an awesome way to involve the alumni and a good challenge to drum again in a group in front of large audiences every day,” shares one Stampede Showband alumni on his experience performing at the DogBowl. “The Stampede Showband instilled such a hard-working work ethic, and high standards, that now that is what I have to live up to and continue in every performance.” The Showband drumline alumni are an integral part of the DogBowl show throughout the entire performance – helping to cheer on the dogs as they perform their tricks.  The DogBowl drumline features performers from various years of the Stampede Showband. […]
  • Art in the Park – capturing the stories and history of Stampede 14 July 2018 For the Calgary Stampede, art is an integral part of our history and our future. It’s the way we celebrate and share the stories of Stampede – both past and present. For three local artists, Stampede 2018 was a unique experience, as Janice Mather, Erin Conn and Bonnie MacRae-Kilb took their skills outside of the studio, painting their masterful pieces at the Friends of Parade during the Stampede Parade, in Indian Village and at the Stampede Rodeo in front of live audiences. “This is the first year we’ve done this, it was an Artist Ranch project idea,” said Shauna DeMaere, Chair of the Western Showcase committee. “We reached out to our committee members to see if there would be any interest in live painting and extended the invite to some artists in our gallery and we were so happy with the response.” For each artist, the experience was both emotional and profound. “The opportunity to live paint was an exciting and inspiring prospect. The piece I chose to create is based on my love for the city I was born in and the history of its past,” said Janice Mather, who painted at the Friends of Parade seating during the […]
  • When the Gorst convoy heads home after the latest Calgary Stampede, it won’t be alone. 14 July 2018 Dustin Gorst When the Gorst convoy heads home after the latest Calgary Stampede, it won’t be alone.   Joining the Gorsts – father Gary, sons Logan and Dustin – for the trip to Meadow Lake, Sask., will be a posse of fellow drivers from the World Professional Chuckwagon Association.   With a weekend blank on the WPCA slate – nothing is scheduled till Strathmore’s Heritage Days Stampede, Aug. 3-6 – they’re on a mission.   They plan to race in Meadow Lake, July 27-29.   For free. No day money. No dash for cash. Nothing.   It’s all in the name of raising money to build a grandstand to replace the condemned wooden structure currently rotting on the grounds northeast of town. For the first time since who-knows-when there had been no racing scheduled this summer for Meadow Lake, a long-time stop on the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association circuit.   So to the rescue of an old-school wagon town rides a pack of native sons and their friends, including Roger Moore, Wayne Knight, Ross Knight, Luke Tournier, Chance Flad, Doug Irvine, Layne MacGillivray, Chad Fike, Chad Harden. (“So far,” says Dustin.)   Local sponsors are offering $2,500 stipends to help […]
  • Stampede Park hosts Government of Alberta to announce new program for home-trained service dogs 14 July 2018 Minister of Community and Social Services, Irfan Sabir, shared details of a new Albertan program to allow home-trained service dogs to receive approval of the same qualifications as organization-trained service dogs at an announcement in Weadickville, Stampede Park on Saturday, July 14, 21018. “I’m dog-gone happy to be here,” smiled Sabir as he welcomed the crowd, “and thank you to the Calgary Stampede for championing inclusion of service dogs and opening your doors to all Albertans.” Throughout the past years, the Government of Alberta had become aware of the shortage of qualified service dogs in the province, with an ongoing demand. For the past year, Sabir and other members of the Government of Alberta have been working hard to create a solution and the new approval of allowing home-trained, Alberta qualified service dogs was born. Speaking to the goal of helping to create an inclusive province for persons with disabilities and to help enable all people to participate in the community, Sabir spoke of the importance of allowing service dogs access to public spaces. With the unveil of a new decal for store-fronts, businesses across Alberta can now display the decal to show that service dogs are welcome to enter […]
  • Cash call Friday at the Calgary Stampede 14 July 2018 They were making a cash call Friday at the Calgary Stampede and only four contestants in each Pool B event were able to answer. Those with the biggest bucks were rewarded with a pass through to Showdown Sunday, while the rest face the intense competition on Wild Card Saturday.  Marcos Gloria For the second day in a row, it was a Brazilian bull rider who laid claim to the first place prize money in the round, keeping Andre the Brazilian translator busy. But this time it was Marcos Gloria who made his way to the stage for a bronze, after an impressive 90.5 point ride on the Vold bull Whiskey Hand. The $5,500, plus the victory, gave him in the edge to advance out of Pool B to Sunday. “That was a difficult ride, but that’s all I needed, I’m very happy. That’s all I need today,” Gloria said in Portuguese, with a big grin that needed no translation. The bull threw some nasty snapbacks at the cowboy, who stayed squarely in the middle of the mayhem. “I got him before. It’s all or nothing on that bull, away from the hand like that. You’ve got to give everything you […]
  • Kris Molle – steady winner 13 July 2018 Kris Molle, excelling in a fast-paced sport of stomping horses and flying dirt and dashing finishes, is proving to be a picture of patience. His career in the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association tells you that.   In 2015, he’s in the running for the overall championship, finishes second to Ray Mitsuing.   In 2016, he’s in the running for the overall championship, finishes second to Mitsuing.   In 2017, he’s in the running for the overall championship, finishes second to Wayne Knight.   No worries.   Because in a game that expects you to rush, he doesn’t. For Molle, it’s steady as she goes.   And look now – the Chauvin, Alta., driver tops the CPCA rankings.   “Yeah, it’s a double-bladed sword,” Molle says of his penchant for silver-medal finishes. “What do I have to do better to be that No. 1 guy? That’s what I’m striving for. Like everyone in this sport, they want to be that No. 1 guy. You need continuous improvement every year.   “We have a long season yet. You don’t want to get ahead of yourself. Take one day at a time, one race at a time, and see how the cards play […]
  • The rich got richer on Day Seven of the Calgary Stampede 13 July 2018 The rich got richer on Day Seven of the Calgary Stampede, but it was also a breakthrough day for a couple of Pool B contestants. Trevor Knowles Announcer Bob Tallman told the Grandstand crowd in the steer wrestling he was ‘sick and tired of Trevor Knowles not winning a cheque’ at Calgary yet. The tall, lean cowboy was in full agreement. “I was sick and tired of not winning a cheque!” he confirmed. “I drew a pretty good steer day one, and I broke the barrier to win the round. Yesterday I had no chance to win. You want to change something but you can’t.” “So today I had one that I didn’t know if he was good or bad record-wise. I was just gonna go all out on him and see if I could make something happen, and fortunately, it did.” Knowles got his steer tipped over in 3.7 seconds, the fastest time in Pool B so far. He broke the ice with a $5500 cheque. The Oregon steer wrestler is just getting back on track after sitting out from August to January with a ‘popped’ knee, the first serious injury to keep him sidelined in his seventeen-year pro […]
  • Experience the traditions and culture of Treaty 7 in ENMAX Park 12 July 2018 Taste traditional fried bannock, purchase Indigenous beaded jewellery or hand-painted art, discover the insides of family tipis, listen to traditional storytelling and watch dancers compete in full regalia all at Indian Village. For more than 100 years, Indian Village has promoted and preserved the relationship between the Calgary Stampede and Treaty 7 families. The 26 tipis represent the five nations of Treaty 7: Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Siksika and Piikani. Each tipi has a unique design on the outside and beadwork, buckskin outfits and artifacts are displayed on the inside. Every day during the Calgary Stampede, there are open tipis that allow guests to enter and explore. Family members are happy to visit and explain their artifacts and traditions. New for 2018, the Arts & Crafts area has been transformed into an outdoor shopping promenade experience. Every vendor has unique pieces, often hand-made and hand-designed – but if you see something, you better act fast because not all vendors stay for all 10 days. New vendors can be seen moving in throughout Stampede, so be sure to check back frequently to see different offerings. White Eagle Native Crafts is one of the vendors that will be in Indian Village all […]



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