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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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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


Agriculture and rodeo are a way of life for her family, says Rayel Daines, shown here with her go-to horse Rev.

The tradition continues for famous Innisfail rodeo family

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

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

A ‘believe in your abilities’ philosophy is deeply rooted in the Thurston family. From left: Sam, Zeke, Tess, Wyatt, Skeeter, and Lynda Thurston.

Big Valley rodeo family inspires each other to greatness

Young rodeo champ rides 'Lunatic from Hell' in Houston and comes out on top

There was surprise and delight on the Canadian rodeo scene, when young bronc rider Zeke Thurston rode all the way to the championship and the $50,000 bonus at RodeoHouston last month. Likely one of the least surprised about the whole deal, though, was Zeke’s mother Lynda. “I had a good feeling in my gut the […] Read more