Small competitors, big courage

The 54th annual horse show and amateur rodeo drew young rodeo stars, fans and horse lovers to Stavely, Alta., Aug. 29. Mike Sturk photos

Mandy Cyr leans around a pole during the nine and under pole bending event. | Mike Sturk photo

Mandy Cyr leans around a pole during the nine and under pole bending event. | Mike Sturk photo

Eight-year-old Marshall Williams let this young porker slip through his hands during the pig scramble event. | Mike Sturk photo

Eight-year-old Marshall Williams let this young porker slip through his hands during the pig scramble event. | Mike Sturk photo

Kids hang on during the sheep dressing event. To win, they must slip the T-shirt over the sheep’s head. | Mike Sturk photo

Kids hang on during the sheep dressing event. To win, they must slip the T-shirt over the sheep’s head. | Mike Sturk photo

Jace Campbell hangs on while the horse, Kaidence Cashmere, pulls him on a cowhide during the hide race. | Mike Sturk photo

Jace Campbell hangs on while the horse, Kaidence Cashmere, pulls him on a cowhide during the hide race. | Mike Sturk photo

Riley Wilson gets set for the mutton bustin’ event with his father, Jason. | Mike Sturk photo

Riley Wilson gets set for the mutton bustin’ event with his father, Jason. | Mike Sturk photo

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