Catch Fun, Free 4-H Rodeo Action August 22-23
Calgary – Some of the best young 4-H rodeo athletes in Western Canada are set to compete at the 18th Annual Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo this coming weekend, August 22 and 23. The action, which is free to the public, begins both days at 1 p.m. in the Agrium Western Event Centre at Stampede Park.
The competing cowgirls and cowboys are all 4-H members between the ages of nine and 20. Most are from Alberta, but the shot at winning a much coveted Stampede 4-H Rodeo belt buckle is also drawing competitors from Saskatchewan and British Columbia this year.
“For some of our contestants, our event is an opportunity to refine and test their skills,” says Lindsay Miller, chair of the Stampede 4-H Rodeo Committee. “For others, it’s their first exposure to rodeo.” Clinics are offered to the competitors throughout the weekend to help them learn more about proper rodeo and animal care techniques. Sessions in animal care take place Saturday and will teach horse nutrition, saddle fitting and correct usage of leg wraps.
The Sunday morning clinics give the young athletes a chance to do some hands-on learning in events like Cow Riding and Goat Tying. Miller says it’s exciting to see how quickly the training is picked up and put into action. “It’s very rewarding to watch the progression of the kids from the start of the day in clinics to later watching them in competition mode.”
Some of the intermediate and senior athletes also have the opportunity to volunteer at the Giddy-Up Rodeo for special needs children, presented Saturday morning by the Calgary Stampede’s Queens Alumni. The teens can volunteer to partner with one of the children, mentoring them as a cowboy-buddy.
Thanks to the continuing support of longtime sponsors Westcan Bulk Transport, Lammles Western Wear and Tack, and Bayer CropScience, a number of great prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors in each event. Winners in each category will take home a specially designed Calgary Stampede 4-H belt buckle.
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 promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
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