Calgary, AB – The Calgary Stampede Junior Steer Classic has amped up its scholarship prize for 2016. The handler of the Grand Champion Steer – chosen from the class winners – will be awarded a $12,000 scholarship and a $5,000 cash prize.

This is the 33rd anniversary of the annual Steer Classic. In 2015, the Calgary Stampede revamped its steer show, choosing to focus entirely on youth competitors aged nine to 21. The intent was to increase the scholarship dollars award, and it’s working – in one year, the scholarship has jumped 20 percent.

Winners of the show only have a few moments to celebrate their victory with the steers – immediately following the show, the champion steers are up for auction. Proceeds from the sale go towards the 2017 scholarship program.

The Junior Steer Classic will start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 in the Agrium Western Event Centre. Guests are welcome to get up close and personal with the steers on Saturday, as the young exhibitors prepare them for competition in the Ag Barn.

2016 Junior Steer Classic Show:

July 17, 2016

1:00 p.m.

Agrium Western Event Centre                

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 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 celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

For more information, please contact:

Maria Boychuk

Ag Media Committee


C: 403-261-0237