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Rodeo, sports and arts groups getting provincial aid

Rodeo, sports and arts groups getting provincial aid

Reading Time: 2 minutes Performing arts, sports and rodeo organizations will get $17 million in provincial aid. The groups have been “hard hit” by the pandemic as they’ve lost their revenue but still have ongoing overhead costs, the government said. The $12-million Stabilize Program will provide one-time grants to cover up to 25 per cent of eligible expenses of […] Read more

This file photo shows a rack of blood samples being tested for bovine tuberculosis in New Zealand dairy cattle. (Lakeview_Images/iStock/Getty Images)

Bovine TB probe wraps with no exact point of entry found

'More stringent' tests now being run on U.S. rodeo cattle imports

Federal inspectors have formally closed the book on a 2018 outbreak of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in a British Columbia cattle herd, but with “no definitive source of infection” found. The probe dates back to October that year, when a beef cow of an unknown age, from a cow-calf operation in B.C.’s southern Interior, was culled, […] Read more


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Calgary Stampede cancelled for 2020

Province's limits on gatherings cover all major summer events

Alberta’s confirmation that its restrictions on gatherings include all annual summer events has led organizers of the Calgary Stampede to cancel the event for the first time in 97 years. “As a community celebration, the cancellation of our annual event comes with our community and public health and safety front of mind,” Stampede president Dana […] Read more

Dennis Halstead provides comic relief between rodeo events, part of his role as a rodeo clown.

The guardian angels of the rodeo grounds

Retired Calgary firefighter says he's "living the dream"

Reading Time: 4 minutes Rodeo always has an element of unpredictability and danger and there’s nowhere that’s more evident that in bull riding. Typically the event kicks off with a sense of nervous anticipation, accompanied by pulse-quickening hard rock like AC/DC, and an excited announcer asking spectators, ‘Are you ready for some bull riding?’ The chute opens and everyone […] Read more


The Alberta Supreme Show features breed champions from all three of the top cattle shows in Alberta to name two Alberta Supreme Grand Champions. It takes place Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. in Hall D.

It’s always a jam-packed lineup at Farmfair

Here are a few of the events worth checking out at this year’s edition

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmfair International features a lot to see and do during its Nov. 8-12 run, including all sorts of cattle, equine, and educational events. “It’s five full days packed full of programming,” said Suzanne Bielert, agriculture event manager with Northlands. “We look at what’s happening in the industry, what’s new and exciting, and then we work […] Read more

Champions crowned at Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo

Reading Time: 2 minutes It was a weekend of rodeo competition Morgan Burgermeister will remember for the rest of her life. The 15-year-old from Hanna emerged from the 19th annual Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo with one of the much coveted championship belt buckles, the Reserve High Point title, and a lot of great memories. “It’s hard to pick just […] Read more


horse and rider at a rodeo

Will rodeo’s top showcase leave town?

Northlands’ contract for the Canadian Finals Rodeo is up in 2017 
and there’s a chance the rodeo could saddle up and mosey on

Reading Time: 2 minutes Will Edmonton still be the host of Canada’s top rodeo in 2017? The Canadian Finals Rodeo has been held in conjunction with Farmfair International, owned by Northlands, for 42 years, but the contract for the rodeo showcase is up for renewal. The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association plans to issue a request for proposals, and that […] Read more

Take a rodeo grounds, add a steady overnight rain and a bunch of kids 
in the wild pony race and this is the result.

Police rodeo is a wild and wacky affair

Reading Time: 3 minutes Const. Sean LaBrie just laughs when it’s suggested the Calgary Police Rodeo is arguably the most amateur rodeo in existence. “That would be about right,” said LaBrie, the rodeo association’s vice-president. “It’s pretty strange. For 99 per cent of the guys who are participating, this is the only rodeo stuff they do all year. It’s […] Read more


The pedal tractor pull at the Vegreville Country Fair is just one of a “staggering” number of activities on offer at fairs and exhibitions put on by Alberta agricultural societies.

It’s summer — why aren’t you at the fair?

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s tempting to make every day a workday during the summer. But if you can pull yourself away from the farm, 65,000 of your friends have a great day planned for you and your family. That’s the number of volunteers who donate their time to the province’s agricultural societies, including putting on several dozen fairs, […] Read more

woman an horse in rodeo competition

The tradition continues for famous Innisfail rodeo family

20-year-old cowgirl credits father as her mentor, a former pro calf roper

Reading Time: 3 minutes Growing up with the last name Daines in the town of Innisfail leaves a person with big boots to fill. With legends like Jack, Ivan, and Duane Daines (just to name a few) on your family tree, there is little doubt that a passion for agriculture and rodeo should run in your blood. That’s certainly […] Read more