Daily News Briefing – Friday, July 14, 2017

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Chuckwagon and Agriculture Competition Results:

Full rodeo results here.

Chuckwagon Racing:
Details on night four of the GMC Rangeland Derby can be found here.

Agriculture Results
Daily agriculture results can be found here.

What’s happening today:




Coca-Cola Stage

            Nashville North

            Scotiabank Saddledome

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
9 p.m.

            Foxx Worthee,
            8 p.m – 9 p.m.

            7 p.m.


            Chris Buck Band,
            10  p.m – 11 p.m.



            Tanya Ryan,
            12 a.m., 1 a.m.





Hits of the Day

Strongman Demonstrations, Crowd Challenges & Kids Strength Challenge: The Strength Edge puts on an exhibition of common strongman lifts and challenges. Experienced competitors will be available to explain, demonstrate and challenge spectators in some of the common disciplines of the sport of Strongman. Bring your kids down before 3 p.m. each day to participate in a strength challenge run by experienced coach and former Alberta's Strongest Woman competitor Sarah Weigand and Crossfit Most's Jenn Swagar. Community Park South, 11 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Character Meet & Greet: Meet the stars of your child's favorite shows up-close and personal at the BMO Centre Courtyard. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Donatella & Leonardo: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Shimmer & Shine: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sharing Our Culture: Watch different styles of dancers perform with live drumming. Indian Village, 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Daily Agriculture Exhibits Highlight

Heavy Horse Pull Competition (Light Weights)- The Heavy Horse Pull is an exciting, action-packed event featuring true workhorses. The Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull is Canada’s premier pulling competition, with teams arriving from across North America to vie for top honours. The teams will pull more than five times their body weight a distance of 14 feet.

7 p.m.  - Agrium Western Event Centre

Ranch Rodeo - A traditional type of rodeo in which teams of cowboys and cowgirls, from different ranches, compete against each other in events based on the tasks commonly performed on a ranch every day.

11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Agrium Western Event Centre


Our “Where in the World do you Farm?” campaign is meant to invite international guests with an interest in agriculture & agri-food to our IAC booth in the Agrium Western Event Centre to meet with us.

2017 marks Canada's 150th birthday! To celebrate this occasion IAC has created the IAC Canada 150 Reflections Project. We are asking industry leaders who offer a wealth of experience and insights across a broad range of industries to share their thoughts and perspectives on what has been the biggest advancement in the agriculture/agri-food industry. You can find some of these reflections in the 2017 Profile magazine. The full 150 can be found by following us on Twitter @stampedeIAC, and Facebook: Calgary Stampede International Agriculture & Agri-Food committee

11:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. - Country Trail, daily

For more detail, contact agmedia@calgarystampede.com

Also happening today

  1. Heritage Cabin, Agrium Western Event Centre, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  2. Stampede Talent Search Semi-Finals, Boyce Theatre, 6:30 p.m.
  3. Heavy Horse Pull, Agrium Western Event Centre – Arena, 7 p.m.

Interesting Stories

Veteran Stampede competitor takes Non-Pro and Open-Bride in Working Horse Classic:
Whether it’s that ingrained cowgirl humility or she genuinely doesn’t remember, Suzon Schaal can’t tell you how many Calgary Stampede Champion belt buckles she’s won.

Whatever that number may be, it grew by two Thursday afternoon as the veteran Stampede competitor took the Non Pro and Open Bridle classes in the Working Cow Horse Classic held at the Agrium Western Event Centre.

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/releases-20170714

Mare awarded Canadian National Supreme Halter Champion title for the fourth time at 2017 Calgary Stampede: When you’ve got it, you’ve got it - and First Knight Striders Black Satin, owned by Holly Whyte and Bill Clark of Tomahawk, Alta. has it in spades as the six-year-old mare was awarded the Canadian National Supreme Halter Champion title for the fourth time at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday afternoon. What does Whyte attribute the winning streak to?

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/releases-20170714-6619762

Alberta’s Zeke Thurston riding high with third Calgary Stampede Championship in his sights: Alberta’s Zeke Thurston already has two Calgary Stampede championships, and could be in the running for three after notching a go-round win Thursday in Round 7 action.  The Big Valley Saddle Bronc rider actually earned money in two rounds in one day, as he started the afternoon with a reride to complete Round 6. His 84 score there gave him a share of third place and $3000. Then he came back on his Round 7 horse, Super Sox, with an 86 mark. That was good enough for first and another $5500.

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/releases-20170714-6619770

GMC Rangeland Derby - Kurt Bensmiller unseats Chanse Vigen in the aggregate: Kurt Bensmiller has been on the hunt for days, and on night seven of the GMC Rangeland Derby he managed to unseat Chanse Vigen for top spot in the aggregate.  Bensmiller has won the two World Professional Chuckwagon Association events leading up to the Calgary Stampede, and leads the WPCA tour in in points.

Full story: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/releases-20170714-6619771

Attendance Results:

Thursday, July 13, 2017: 116,080

Same day 2016: 109,644

Cumulative attendance for 2017: 838,721


For your full media guide on Park events please visit our news media resources page  http://news.calgarystampede.com/resources

Meet the Community Engagement & Communications team

  • Larry Lalonde, group manager, Community Engagement and Communications
    T: 403.261.0402       C: 403.585.9466       E: llalonde@calgarystampede.com
  • Kristina Barnes, communications manager, Western Events and Agriculture
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  • Danielle Savoni, public relations manager
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  • Christine Thompson, media relations coordinator
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  • Travis Beale, media relations coordinator
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  • James Pantangco, public relations assistant
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