Time stops. Eight seconds is how long the cowboy must stay on the back of the 1,800 lb seriously annoyed bull madly thrashing beneath him. The buzzer sounds, the champ leaps clear of the flying hooves and tips his hat to a crowd gone wild. This is rodeo, Alberta style.
Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth
The annual Calgary Stampede
is the richest rodeo competition in the world with top competitors vying for more than $2 million in prizes to be won in calf roping, steer wrestling, bronco and bull riding, barrel and chuckwagon racing. For ten days every July, Stampede Fever consumes Calgary
– it’s one of our nation’s biggest parties.
Canadian Finals Rodeo
(CFR) is a five-day high stakes event that brings together Canada’s top rodeo competitors annually in Alberta’s capital city of Edmonton
. Competition is fierce and the stakes are high with prizes often topping $1 million. With an equal mix of devoted fans and enthralled newcomers, the energy is through the roof.
To see old style rodeo at its best, visitors need look no further than one of Alberta’s many small town rodeos
. Some, like the Ponoka Stampede
, have dedicated rodeo venues and big time prizes. Others simply truck in dirt to the local hockey arena and set up for a hometown show. Street dances, concerts and midways are all part of the fun.