Brady Scott of Eastend, Sask., won the grand champion steer title at the junior division of the Calgary Stampede UFA Steer Classic held July 12. The steer was auctioned off for $20,000 and he will receive a portion of that total in scholarship money.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Cattle fitter excels under show ring spotlight

Steer classic grand champion | Youth winner Brady Scott makes plans for a career in the cattle business

Brady Scott always considered himself to be a behind-the-scenes kind of guy, best suited to preparing other people’s cattle for the show ring. This year he decided to enter his 4-H steer in the junior show at the Calgary Stampede Steer Classic and won grand champion. The result earned him $2,000 plus a portion of […] Read more

Travis Rogers, left, is the 2014 Calgary Stampede champion livestock auctioneer. He competed against 25 other auctioneers including his father, Garth Rogers.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Auctioneer rises up the ranks

Practice makes perfect and Travis Rogers proved it. After entering auctioneer competitions for six years, he has an international title on his list of accomplishments. The 36-year-old auctioneer and beef producer from Rochester, Alta., is the 2014 Calgary Stampede international livestock champion. Last year he was runner up at the same competition and was also […] Read more

This steer, owned by Riley Chalack and Royden Anderson, was disqualified from competition at this year’s Calgary Stampede.  |  Mary MacArthur photo

Stampede to review rules

Blood testing protocol | Policy examination comes after case of disqualified steer

The Calgary Stampede will review its steer show rules following the controversial disqualification of a winning steer after it tested positive for drugs. “We would consider some ongoing enhancements for this competition including automatically testing both the grand and reserve champion,” said Stampede corporate communications director Kurt Kadatz after the Stampede’s Agriculture Review Panel upheld […] Read more

Kathryn Dolliver of Stettler, Alta., was a major winner at the Calgary Stampede livestock shows. She won the supreme champion purebred female with a Simmental cow at Summer Synergy, grand champion market heifer, pictured, at the Stampede heifer show and reserve grand champion junior. |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Youth excel at Calgary Stampede shows

Future farmers | Teenage winners honour family heritage while working toward their own futures

A world class show like the Calgary Stampede often brings out the best in the livestock world. This year, a group of high achieving teenagers won the big prizes with their beef cattle. The beef business has been part of their lives since they were born and many were showing cattle before they started school. […] Read more

Dakota Townsend of Sylvan Lake, Alta., was a big winner at the Calgary Stampede steer show. Her straight-bred Hereford steer was named champion for the breed and reserve grand overall. She received $10,000 from the Canadian Hereford Association as well as $4,000 in prize money for the win. She has been showing this steer throughout the spring and has won more than $20,000.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Hereford brings in the bacon

Dakota Townsend has been showing livestock since she was a toddler. The latest triumph for the 16-year-old was winning the grand champion Hereford steer banner at the Calgary Stampede. To commemorate the world Hereford conference being held in Alberta, the breed association put up $10,000 and the provincial organization kicked in another $2,000. Later, her […] Read more

By the Banks of the Bow, a new bronze sculpture to mark the Calgary Stampede centennial, was unveiled June 23 in front of the agriculture building. The work was commissioned and started about four years ago and represents western heritage from the past, present and future.  |   Barbara Duckworth photo

Stampede marks centennial with sculpture

Stampede set for July 6-15 | Bronze artwork shows cowboys’ and horses’ struggle to cross Bow River

The unveiling of a larger than life sculpture depicting horses and cowboys struggling to make a river crossing marks the past and future of the Calgary Stampede. By the Banks of the Bow was created by two artists from Longview, Alta., who have been working together on the piece for four years. The sculpture is […] Read more