Calgary – This year’s Calgary Stampede Parade is set to dazzle Calgarians and visitors from around the world with 125 colourful floats, bands, and other entries. Some 4,000 people, 700 horses, and one very large, 3,000 pound Brahma steer named Wild West Willie will delight the 200,000 spectators expected along the Parade route. 

On Saturday, June 25, we invite the media to join the Calgary Stampede Parade committee for a horse safety demonstration, with generous assistance from the “Guns of the Golden West”, Canada’s original Wild West Show.

We’re going to provide an overview of how we keep the animal participants safe as the Parade makes its five kilometre trek through downtown Calgary. 


WHAT:        Horse Safety Demonstration

WHO:          Michael Wetherup, Chair – Calgary Stampede Parade Committee

                        Michael Arthurs, Horse Safety Subcommittee

                         Members of the “Guns of the Golden West”

WHEN:        Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10 a.m.

WHERE:      Neumann Property – drive east on McKnight Blvd past Stoney Trail.  This becomes Township Road 250.   Proceed east to the 4-way stop at Conrich Road.  Continue east approximately 0.8 km.  Look for #283133 on the right hand side of the road (sign says “The Neumanns”).  Turn right onto gravel road.  Should you need assistance call Keith Marlowe 587.435.4580. It’s about a 20-25 min drive from downtown.


About the Calgary Stampede Parade Safety Subcommittee:

The Calgary Stampede Parade is serious about animal safety. Of the 140 dedicated volunteers on the Parade committee, fully one quarter of them are tasked with ensuring the safety of Parade participants, animals, and spectators. Members of the Safety subcommittee inspect each and every entry and animal prior to the commencement of the Parade. During the Parade, members of the Safety subcommittee continue to monitor the entries, participants, animals, and the spectators for any safety-related issues. The Parade committee is committed to providing a safe and memorable Parade experience for all involved. 

About Guns of the Golden West:

Founded in 1981, “Guns of the Golden West” is known for being Canada’s original Wild West Show. Starting out with six members, “Guns of the Golden West” has grown to 30-40 members, comprised of men, women, and children of all ages, who offer exceptional skills in all aspects of Old West lifestyle and culture. “Guns of the Golden West” is a regular entry during the Calgary Stampede Parade, and was honoured with the title of “Best Western Entry” in the 2014 Parade.

About the Calgary Stampede:

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


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For more information, please contact:

Keith Marlowe,                                                                

Media Coordinator – Stampede Parade Committee                                                                       

T  587.435.4580