The 2016 Calgary Stampede – truly the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”!

18 Jul


even cowgirls get the blues / Emmylou harris

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In a world full of recent horror and heartache, it really is a joy to report some GOOD News. (There really is much more Good News than Bad News in this world – but you’d never know it by watching our Mass Media).

I always post a small blurb on our local Calgary Stampede, but I’m gonna tell ya, this year it was Truly Amazing – Spectacular – full of stories that could easily be made into Movies – they are so worthy. But could just as easily have been a disaster because our Economy is not good here right now – and it rained every day. Every Day! YET … in the midst of all this downturn and downpour the Performers and Organizers rose to magnificent heights to truly make this the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”.

BRAVO to all !!

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It never rains on our Parade.

Calgary Stampede Marshalls 2016 Paul Brandt and Jan Arden 2

Things started out on a sweet note with Canadian music Stars Paul Brandt and Jan Arden as 2016 Calgary Stampede Marshalls.

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It didn’t rain ALL the time …

Calgary Stampede Midway 2016

… but when it did … it could be dismal.

Calgary Stampede rain 2016

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But ‘Cowboy (and Cowgirl) Tough’ isn’t just an expression –
it’s a fact – and a Way of Life.

 Amazing Stuff !!

Stampede 2016 Day 10 Finals

Steven Peebles (Redmond Oregon) has broken his back – twice – among other injuries,
but wins the Bareback Bronc Riding Championship !

Stampede 2016 Steven Peebles

67-year-old Mary Burger (Oklahoma) wins the Barrel Racing Championship !

Stampede 2016 Mary Burger

After competing in the Calgary Stampede Chuck Wagon Races for 25 years !!
Kirk Sutherland (Alberta) wins the 2016 Chuck Wagon Championship !

Stampede 2016 Kirk Sutherland and Crew

I’m sure there were plenty of other amazing stories
– but those are ones that caught my attention.

Shane Hanchey (Louisiana) lassoes the 2016 Calf Roping Championship

Stampede 2016 Shane Hanchey

Zeke Thurston (Alberta) wins the 2016 Saddle Bronc Championship

Calgary Stampede 2016 Zeke Thurston

19-year-old Cody Teel (Texas) wins the 2016 Bull Riding Championship !

Stampede 2016 Cody Teel

Seth Brockman (Wyoming) takes the 2016 Bull Dogging Championship !

Stampede 2016 Seth Brockman

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A great Stampede ! Congratulations to the Organizers and Contestants.

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2 Responses to “The 2016 Calgary Stampede – truly the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”!”

  1. Don Ostertag July 18, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

    Looks like they had another great Stampede. I sure followed the rodeo when I was young. I guess I lost track when Casey Tibbs retired.

    • jcalberta July 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm #

      I’ve become more a fan, as I’ve come to appreciate it more.
      It has changed a lot in recent years – better in how they treat the animals and all – though that will always be a point a of controversy I guess. I miss the clowns though – it’s lost a bit of colour. Those guys do the same good job but …
      I confess I had to do some research on Casey – he was real cowboy and a pioneer in the evolution of modern Rodeo. Hell of a guy. I’ll be looking for that documentary when it’s finished.

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