Bull Busting was the first event we attended. It was held the night prior to the parade and is a heat to the rodeo which runs during Stampede. This rodeo was held at Ranchmans Bar and seemed to be a corporate outside event which we were lucky enough to get some complimentary tickets.
|The crowd gathers as the sun sets over the rodeo|
|Quite a bit of action throughout the night|
|All the riders are introduced to the crowd.|
|Arrived early to get a good vantage spot for the parade.|
|Young cowboys and girls waitin for the parade|
The parade consisted of 35 floats, 15 music bands and 42 horse entries which equates to 700 horses - that's what the Stampede is about!!
|We asked the local police for a family photo before the parade - this is their tough stance.|
|Start of the parade|
|Royal Canadian Mounted Police|
|Wagons and horses|
|Well presented coach|
|Cheerleaders for the local football team.|
|First Nation participants|
|Even the street sweeper looks like a horse, and cleans up the horse poop as it travels along|
|Aero Space Museum|
|Ctrain is great for commuting around Calgary and transports the crowd quickly out of town.|
Stampede breakfast with more than 200 pancake breakfasts held over 7 days during the Stampede it's a great opportunity to join in with the Stampede spirit, so we managed to attend 2 on separate mornings.
|Cowboy cooking pancakes for the Saturday breakfast|
|Cowgirl cooking spuds organised by local member David Swan|
|Hungry Aussie eating pancakes|
|Lined up waiting for pancakes on Monday breakfast at the local shopping centre|
|There were 4 tents like this one cooking breakfast|
|Entertained by the Calgary Roundup Band|
|Standing room only|
|Entertained by country music during breakfast|
Saturday was our day to check out the Stampede grounds - we had passed by them a few days earlier in the Ctrain but all we could see was the side shows which looked like many shows in Australia, so we headed off to check out what was on offer.
|Ready to take in the Stampede|
|Seemed to find our way to the food section|
|Some real Stampede food - deep fried pickles!|
|These statues represent the historical and modern-day life story that reflects the spirit of Calgary|
|Blacksmith making horseshoes|
|Even chuckwagon races for the little cowboys and girls.|
|GMC are a major sponsor and I liked this display!!|
|Even saw this Kiwi at the sheep shearing competition.|
Monday night was our last event for the Stampede, the chuck wagon racing and stage show. The chuckwagon racing was quite different and much quicker than I had expected. The horses are thoroughbred and seem to run as fast all harnessed as a normal racehorse.
|Racing to the finish line|
|Racing around the barrels in a figure 8|
The idea of the race is that 4 teams run together starting with a barrel being placed in the back of the chuckwagon, they then do a figure 8 around 2 barrels before completing a lap of the track. This takes around 1 min 15 sec.
|On the starting line|
|Fireworks to close the night|
|The Canadian Classic stage show|