Calgary Stampede steer show highlights

Devon Scott has retired from junior steer shows on a high note. The 20-year-old from Arrowwood, Alta., led out the grand champion against nearly 80 head at the Calgary Stampede Steer Classic held July 16, winning $17,000. The prize money is split into a $12,000 scholarship and a cash prize. His steer, named Rotor, was […] Read more


Local entry wins Stampede’s auctioneer title

A day in the life for Dean Edge revolves around family, cattle sales and rodeo. A long-time employee of the auction company, Vold Jones and Vold, Edge was named the champion international livestock auctioneer at the Calgary Stampede held July 7-16. He competed against 23 other auctioneers from Canada, United States, Australia and South Africa […] Read more


Oklahoma steer wins top prize

Young people know they have hit the big time when they step into the show ring at the Calgary Stampede. A premier junior steer show and a week-long competition in a youth event called Summer Synergy exposes hundreds of youngsters to education, showmanship and large cash prizes. This year, 12-year-old Tommy Glover from Elgin, Oklahoma, […] Read more



Champ returns to defend shearing title

Sheep shearer says the work takes it toll on the body, equating an hour of work with running seven kilometres

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. Based at Cowra, New South Wales, Pora intended to retire […] Read more


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 […] Read more



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. “Some of the bloodlines we have here are […] Read more


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. She was able to share that enthusiasm […] Read more


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. Based at Cowra, New South Wales, Pora intended to retire […] Read more



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. The job has taken her across that continent, where she learned how to shear from Calgary Stampede champion Mike Pora of Australian Wool Innovation. […] Read more