even cowgirls get the blues / Emmylou harris
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 !!
It never rains on our Parade.
Things started out on a sweet note with Canadian music Stars Paul Brandt and Jan Arden as 2016 Calgary Stampede Marshalls.
It didn’t rain ALL the time …
… but when it did … it could be dismal.
But ‘Cowboy (and Cowgirl) Tough’ isn’t just an expression –
it’s a fact – and a Way of Life.
Amazing Stuff !!
Steven Peebles (Redmond Oregon) has broken his back – twice – among other injuries,
but wins the Bareback Bronc Riding Championship !
67-year-old Mary Burger (Oklahoma) wins the Barrel Racing Championship !
After competing in the Calgary Stampede Chuck Wagon Races for 25 years !!
Kirk Sutherland (Alberta) wins the 2016 Chuck Wagon Championship !
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
Zeke Thurston (Alberta) wins the 2016 Saddle Bronc Championship
19-year-old Cody Teel (Texas) wins the 2016 Bull Riding Championship !
Seth Brockman (Wyoming) takes the 2016 Bull Dogging Championship !
A great Stampede ! Congratulations to the Organizers and Contestants.