Calgary Stampede coverage – 2016

WP reporter Barbara Duckworth is covering this year’s Stampede, and we’ll be posting all her coverage on this page.

Stampede rodeo winners finish on top – The Calgary Stampede is one of the richest rodeos in the world, and the lure of a $100,000 payday brings in top cowboys to compete. The 2016 winners are as follows:

Parade of horsepower a tribute to horsemanship – STRATHMORE, Alta. — Neil Dimmock carries equine savvy in his genes. The Alberta Percheron breeder comes from a long line of horse lovers and teamsters that trace back to Saskatchewan homesteaders from England. The family settled near Tompkins and set up a horse ranch in the 1860s.

A heavy horse hitch of 20 Percherons was recently on display at Strathmore, Alta. Neil Dimmock, who farms and raises Percherons near Edmonton, decided last September to drive the horses in the Calgary Stampede parade July 8. The team was pulling eight grain wagons, which Dimmock and his father restored. | Barbara Duckworth photo

A heavy horse hitch of 20 Percherons was recently on display at Strathmore, Alta. Neil Dimmock, who farms and raises Percherons near Edmonton, decided last September to drive the horses in the Calgary Stampede parade July 8. The team was pulling eight grain wagons, which Dimmock and his father restored. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Sheep shearer hones her skills – Sami DeMooy was offered a job as a sheep shearer in Australia two years ago during the Calgary Stampede. She had limited experience but was willing to learn and work hard.

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Champ returns to defend shearing title at Stampede – In the final heat of the Calgary Stampede sheep shearing competition, Australian Mike Pora sheared six sheep in 6.25 minutes. For the second consecutive year his speed and workmanship earned him the grand champion title at the North American sheep shearing competition held July 9.

In the final heat of the Calgary Stampede sheep shearing competition, Australian Mike Pora sheared six sheep in 6.25 minutes. | Barbara Duckworth photo

In the final heat of the Calgary Stampede sheep shearing competition, Australian Mike Pora sheared six sheep in 6.25 minutes. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Alta. woman wins Stampede speakers contest – Agriculture’s next generation wants the public to know the sector is a healthy industry with a future. For 22-year-old Emily Ritchie of Turner Valley, Alta., promoting the business is something she does on a daily basis in her job as communications manager with a cow-calf operation near Calgary.

Deb Hart (AYSA), Emily Ritchie (senior winner), Eric Dalke (AYSA founder). | Photo courtesy AYSA

Deb Hart (AYSA), Emily Ritchie (senior winner), Eric Dalke (AYSA founder). | Photo courtesy AYSA


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