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The 2013 Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses Contest

In 1946, Patsy Rodgers (married name, Patsy Henderson) was asked by members of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board to become their first Stampede Queen. Herresponsibilities included riding her horse in the Stampede Parade and leading the Grand Entry before each afternoon Rodeo performance.


While the way of choosing the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses may have evolved over the decades, the rich tradition continues. Applicationsfor the 2013 Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses Contest are due by Tuesday, September 4.


“Stampede Queen and Princesses represent the Calgary Stampede to the rest of the world”, said Dana Tremblay, chair of the Royalty committee. “The winning three contestants must embody the Stampede values of integrity, pride of place, western hospitality and commitment to community.”


The 2013 Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses Contest begins on Thursday, September 6, 2012, with the all contestants meeting. Contestants will go through a challenging one-month competition, and the three winners will be selected by a panel of judges, based on explicit criteria, that includes:tests public speaking and interpersonal skills and riding ability.


A panel of 17 judges and five equestrian judges will select the 2013 Stampede Queen and Princesses based on strict criterion.


A number of contest events are open to the public and tickets to the Crowning ceremony are available for $25 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Kathie James at k.james@telus.net or 403.244.7638.



 Time   Event Location 

 Sept 15

 11 a.m. Preliminary Equestrian Competition Al Azhar Fez Dome

 Sept 16

 1 p.m. Speech competition Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park

 Sept 22

 9 a.m. Semi-Final Equestrian Competition Al Azhar Fez Dome

 Sept 25

 6:30 p.m. Bingo night Alberta’s Children's Hospital

 Sept 29

 11 a.m. Final Equestrian Competition Hebson Arena, Okotoks

 Sept 30

 2:30 p.m. Crowning and Presentation Palomino Room, BMO Centre,
Stampede Park