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Goin’ to the Stampede ! Part 2 of 3

26 Jul


The Blue Canadian Rockies / Valdy

 

Early days North West Mounted Police outpost 

My roots are deep in Calgary
My Dad was born here and I was told 
that my great grandfather was a member of the 
North West Mounted Police

North-West Mounted Police of Canada, 1887 (colour litho), Remington, Frederic (1861-1909)

Jeremiah “Jerry” Potts (1840 – July 14, 1896), (also known as Ky-yo-kosi, meaning “Bear Child”),
was an American – Canadian plainsman, buffalo hunter, horse trader, interpreter, and scout of Kainai (Blood) and Scots heritage.

Potts is just one of many early Canadian Explorers and Frontiersmen.
Canadians know disgustingly little of their own History or of such people.
We don’t celebrate them. We never developed a film industry like the US
that tells of them in any way. Their exploits were easily equal,
but they are almost completely unknown. Because of this I would guess
that the average Canadian knows more about US History than Canadian History.

Don’t know who these cowboys are? but it looks like 
they got a bag of pancake mix and 4 beers for posing.

Goin’ to the Stampede ! Part 1 of 3

24 Jul


The Calgary Stampede Song / Wilf Carter 

When I’m not trying to wake people up – including myself,
I do ordinary things – like go to the Calgary Stampede. 

The Stampede is a 10 day event and Rose and I go down to the
Stampede Grounds for one day every year – usually Seniors Day (get in free!).
We take transit because driving around downtown is insane. 

Calgary – not a town anymore.

The Saddledome. Soon to be torn down and replaced 
by a new $550-million arena.
(Would we be surprised if that reaches a billion before it’s finished?)

Anyway … The Calgary Stampede: quite an event.

There’s action all over town.
Horses get ‘right of way’.

It’s crazy at the transit station.
Hope you don’t mind crowds.

The gates are in sight.

No drunks; No drugs; No guns; No smoking; No tasers; No blades; No drones;
No explosives; No baseball bats, hockey sticks, golf clubs, bows and arrows;
Etc; Etc; Etc …
Geez, you can’t do anything.

On the grounds.

Lots of people.

Free entertainment.

Places to rest.

But you can win stuff: cars, trucks, motorcycle, a house. lottery … many things. 

Things like this car. 

Have a silly pic taken.

The Return of the great Western Painter C. M. Russell.
Awesome.

Russel masterpiece. 

We always go to the Art Exhibits first.

“Go ahead … try t’ steal me.”

The Queen rode in.
But I had to loan her a quarter.

Lots of fun !

Calgary Stampede Champions 2019

15 Jul

CALEB SMIDT / 2019 Tie Down Champion
Bellville, Texas

 

RUSTY WRIGHT / 2019 Saddle Bronc Champion
Milford, Utah

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TANNER AUS / 2019 Stampede Bareback Champion
Dublin, Texas

KYLE IRWIN / 2019 Stampede Steer Wrestling Champion
Robertsdale, Alabama

LISA LOCKHART / 2019 Stampede Barrel Racing Champion
Oelrichs, South Dakota

SAGE STEELE KIMZEY  / 2019 Stampede Bull Riding Champion
Strong City, Ok

LOGAN GORST / 2019 Stampede Chuckwagon Champion
Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan


Calgary Stampede Champions 2018 – Texans Riding High !!!

15 Jul

 

2018 Stampede Tie-Down Roping
Champion Tuf Cooper
Weatherford, Texas

     

2018 Saddle Bronc
Champion Ryder Wright
Milford, Utah

2018 Stampede Bareback
Champion Richie Champion
Dublin, Texas

2018 Stampede Steer Wrestling
Champion Matt Reeves
Cross Plains, Texas

2018 STAMPEDE BARREL RACING
CHAMPION HAILEY KINSEL
Cotulla, Texas

2018 Stampede Bull Riding
Champion Marco Gloria
Brazil/Edmonton, Alberta

Calgary Stampede – Western Showcase 2018 / Part 2

14 Jul

       

Élise Genest

http://www.elise-genest.com

elisegenest.com@live.ca

“Elise Genest is a Canadian painter and photographer from the Québec City area whose work is entirely devoted to horses …”

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What can you say about this Art?? It’s magnificent. 

Calgary Stampede – Western Showcase 2018 / Part 1

14 Jul

       

Rose and I go to the Calgary Stampede every year just to look at the Western Art – which is spectacular. This year it is particularly superb. So much so that I thought I’d try to profile a few Artists and taste of their work. I can’t show everything of course, but I think you’ll be impressed by what you see.

In no particular order:

I also apologize to the Artists if my rendering here diminishes their work in any way.

Shannon Ford 

http://www.ShannonFord.ca

Shannon Ford, Bachelor of Fine Art (ACAD) / Brief Biography – 2014 / Artist Info:

“A natural born artist and an animal lover since childhood, Shannon Ford was born in Regina Saskatchewan, totally enchanted by the natural world.  She was raised on a farm west of Calgary where she grew up loving Art and knowing horses, cattle and wildlife.

Shannon paints in both her Studios in Alberta, and in BC where she and her sweetheart Denis breed Mangalarga Marchador horses …

Shannon creates in a wide range of topic matter and media, but I confess I love her Western paintings the best.
Marvelous work Shannon!

Into a Canter on a Young Horse available through Gainsborough Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

Mystiques Shariff of the Fairview Arabian Stud, 84 X 72, Acrylic on Canvas with Diamond Dust,
Pipestone, Rainbow Moonstone Cabochons, Mother of Pearl, Available at The Lloyd Gallery

Collected Painting: Gorgeous Grizzly
60 X 40 D. A/C with Azurite, Tanzanite, Sapphires, Peridot, Pipestone

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Darcy Presiloski / Calgary Western Artist

dpresiloski@shaw.ca
www.dpresiloski.com

“Darcy was born in Alberta, Canada and spent her early childhood on a farm west of Granum in southern Alberta.

With Darcy’s farm background it is not surprising that her primary focus is western art. She finds inspiration at brandings, cattle drives, rodeos and sometimes in a field at the side of the highway. She sees the animals, everyday activities and gear of the working cowboy as unique and feels there is a story in every painting …”

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ENOUGH ROPE
Oil on Linen

WOOLY BULLY
Oil on Linen

PAINT
Oil on Linen

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Wonderful work Darcy. I particularly like your rendering of the saddle and gear!

Andrew Kiss / Award Winning Nature Artist

http://www.kissfineart.com

Famed for his magnificent landscapes, Andrew also renders spectacular images of flowers.

MORRAINE SUNSET
40 X 60
Oil on canvas

HOLLYHOCK II
Original Oil on Canvas

SHADED STREAM
Giclee on Canvas

Just Beautiful

A few more on the way … 

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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