Daily News Briefing - Monday July 11th 2016

Daily interview opportunity

In partnership with the Calgary Stampede, GlobalFest has brought exciting elements to the International Pavilion - providing more than 10 acts on the Community Cultural Stage alternating with performances from The Peking Acrobats in the other room. GlobalFest's Ken Goesen can speak on behalf of the partnership, plus the acts who will perform on the Cultural Community Stage. Contact media relations coordinator Neil Hilts at nhilts@calgarystampede.com or 403.512.7034.


What’s happening today

Coca-Cola Stage performer: X Ambassadors (9 p.m.)

Nashville North performer: Tebey (10 p.m.)

Dueling Chef Competition - Stampede Market (7 p.m.)

Nancy Lowery - Horse and people whisperer Nancy Lowery arrives on park today. Join Nancy in the Northern Lights Arena for daily shows at 11 am from Monday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 13, for a unique perspective on leadership training – Leadership through Horsemanship.

Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting – This western style equestrian competition showcases individual rider and horse in a challenge to separate one animal from a herd of cattle for a specific amount of time.

Competitions begin today and continue until Wednesday, July 13, in the Agrium Western Event Centre.

Monday, July 11: Non-pro class, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12: Open/Youth class, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13: Finals, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Last Day for Heavy Horse Show – Today is the last day to catch the Heavy Horse Show in the Agrium Western Event Centre. The show starts at 11 a.m.

Cowboy Up Finals – Don’t miss the finals of this Extreme Cowboy Race. Only the best will compete for an $8,000 prize in the sudden death final beginning at 2:30 p.m. 


Today’s story ideas                                       

  • Bike Valet is a Calgary Stampede program aimed at reducing traffic, emissions and parking fees by providing guests with three convenient and secure locations to store their bikes while visiting Stampede park. 
  • Ian Big Tobacco won the Tier 2 division Jr. Steer Riding July 9. The 14-year-old Siksika boy had a score of 73 in his first Calgary Stampede victory. More on the Stampede blog here


Recap of Sunday, July 10

Attendance Results:

Stampede attendance for Sunday, July 10: 144,984 

Cumulative attendance for 2016: 367,385

Same day attendance 2015: 161,244 

Overall cumulative attendance decrease of: 16,260


Rodeo, Chuckwagon and Agriculture Competition Results:


Canadian bareback rider Jake Vold calls it quits after a big win on day three. Read the story here.

Full rodeo results here.


Chuckwagon Racing:

Veteran driver Gary Gorst hangs on to top spot after three nights of racing at the GMC Rangeland Derby.

Full GMC Rangeland Derby Results here.

Agriculture Competitions:  

Didsbury's Brian Coleman captures third straight World Champion Six Horse Hitch title. Read the full story here:

Local dog handler captures World Stock Dog Championship on its 20th Anniversary. Read the full story here:

BC trio earns championship buckles and bragging rights in 10 Class Team Cattle Penning. Read the whole story here:


Other Results

Best Deep Fried Food on the Midway: Deep Fried Beaver Balls by Canadian Beaver Balls Gourmet Doughnut Holes



Jennifer Booth

Manager, Public Relations

Office: 403.261.0327

Cell: 403.463.6834


Kristina Barnes

Manager, Western events & agriculture communications

Office: 403.261.0382

Cell: 403.585.4706


Neil Hilts

Media relations coordinator

Office: 403.261.0242

Cell: 403.512.7034


Daniel Kennedy

Media relations coordinator (accreditation)

Office: 403.261.9315

Cell: 902.483.5306