Calgary – The pro rodeo trails lead to Calgary once again in 2014. A total of 120 of the world’s top rodeo cowboys and cowgirls have earned their way to the richest outdoor rodeo in the world – the $2 million Calgary Stampede.
“The Calgary Stampede Rodeo is a showcase for rodeo’s elite. The competitors you see earned their way here by being the World’s best,” says Keith Marrington, director of rodeo for the Calgary Stampede. “These elite athletes know they can earn a $100,000 paycheque on our million dollar Sunday Showdown.”
Again this year, some of the greatest rodeo names in the world are back – including home-grown talent like Alberta’s own Kyle Bowers, Dusty LaValley and Jake Vold in Bareback, brothers Curtis and Cody Cassidy in Tie-Down Roping and Steer Wrestling respectively, Chad Besplug and Scotty Schiffner in Bull Riding and one of Alberta’s most competitive barrel racers, Kirsty White. Also, rodeo superstars from across North America have accepted Calgary’s invitation – names like reigning World Champions Kaycee Feild, Hunter Cure, Chad Ferley, Shane Hanchey, J.B. Mauney and Sherry Cervi. In fact, all six defending Calgary Stampede 2013 champions have accepted their invitations to return to in 2014.
The trek north to the Calgary Stampede continues to be a coveted invite that attracts the world’s top ladies barrel racers and bull riders. These Stampede events are sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and the Professional Bull Riders, meaning the points won here are included in the yearly standings for those organizations. That makes the Stampede a valuable event to these cowgirls and bull riders looking to add to their world standings.
A complete list of this year’s competitors in bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, ladies barrel racing and bull riding is included in the attached Backgrounder.
As we enter our second century, 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 10-day 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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