Calgary – 170 incredible western sculptures and bronzes are now on display at Stampede Park, as 25 artists from Canada and the United States vie to have their work selected for the 2018-2022 Calgary Stampede Champion Trophy Bronzes.  Media is invited to view the artwork, and speak to artists and judges Thursday, October 12, 2017, between 10 – 11 a.m. in the upper level suites of the Agrium Western Event Centre.    

The Calgary Stampede has been presenting its Rodeo and Chuckwagon Champions with trophy bronzes since 1940, and has held the Bronze Competition every five years since 1972. The Stampede is proud to present these beautiful works of art as a permanent and unique trophy award to the winners of the Rodeo and Chuckwagon events at the annual festival in July.

Fast FactsCalgary Stampede Bronze Competition

  • In total, 24 sculptures will be selected.  15 for Rodeo, six for Chuckwagon Racing and three for the Calgary Stampede Novice Tour.
  • The average bronze awarded by the Calgary Stampede weighs 55-60 pounds.
  • The largest, heaviest and most expensive trophy is awarded to the winner of the GMC Rangeland Derby. Valued at approximately $12,000, it can weigh up to 85 pounds.
  • The newest categories, added in the last 10 years, are the Rodeo and Chuckwagon Daily Awards. Those are the smallest trophies, weighing 10-12 pounds.  

Media availability:  Upper level suites, Agrium Western Event Centre

Thursday, October 12: 10-11 a.m. 

Public viewing: Upper level suites, Agrium Western Event Centre

Thursday, October 12: 3 - 7 p.m. 

Friday, October 13:  9 – 5 p.m.         

Learn more about the Calgary Stampede Bronze Competition at calgarystampede.com.

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 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:

Kristina Barnes

Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture

T 403.261.0382

C 403.585.4706

E kbarnes@calgarystampede.com