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A chuckwagon outfit at the 2019 Manitoba Stampede.

Manitoba Stampede cancelled for 2020

One of the province’s major summer farm fairs pulls the plug

Organizers of the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition, one of the province’s major summer agricultural fairs as well as the province’s “only professional rodeo,” have cancelled the event for 2020. In a letter posted April 21 on the event website, Norm Gauthier, president of the Valley Agricultural Society, said, “it was clear the health of our


Calgary Stampede cancelled for 2020

Province's limits on gatherings cover all major summer events

Alberta’s confirmation that its restrictions on gatherings include all annual summer events has led organizers of the Calgary Stampede to cancel the event for the first time in 97 years. “As a community celebration, the cancellation of our annual event comes with our community and public health and safety front of mind,” Stampede president Dana

A chuckwagon racer at the Manitoba Stampede.

Manitoba Stampede takes heat from protestors

In the wake of horse deaths at the Calgary Stampede, animal rights advocates organized to question the ethics of the rodeo event

The Manitoba Stampede faced protests, both at the front gate and online, following six animal deaths at the Calgary Stampede. Video also circulated online of clean up following the death of a heifer during a team penning competition on Saturday. Activist organization Manitoba Animal Save shared the video, which shows a tractor hauling away a

Calgary Stampede feeling impact of oil price plunge

Calgary | Reuters — Canada’s top rodeo is feeling the impact of the global oil price plunge, with bids to sponsor one of the Calgary Stampede’s main events down more than 20 per cent from last year. The 103-year-old Stampede is a 10-day festival of rodeo, street parties and corporate entertainment held in Canada’s oil

measuring stress on a horse using an infrared reader

New tool measures heat to understand animal stress

Infrared thermography provides a quick and non-invasive way to measure stress, 
and that has big implications for livestock producers

A new ‘eye’ on how animals respond to stressful situations is providing researchers with a valuable tool that could one day have a big impact on how livestock are treated. Infrared thermography — or IRT — can tell a lot of stories by measuring body heat in a specific area. Using a device that looks

Feds fund national ID data system

staff / The federal government will put up $500,000 to create a single national data management system for livestock traceability. Pierre Lemieux, the federal parliamentary secretary for agriculture, announced the funding for the creation of a new single system, Canadian Agri-Traceability Services (CATS) at the Calgary Stampede. CATS will provide traceability data services for both

OUR HISTORY: Interfacing with history

Canada Post is celebrating cowboy culture with the introduction of two new stamps in honour of the Calgary Stampede’s centennial this July. The two stamps, featuring a rodeo horse and a silver and gold anniversary belt buckle, are now available in post offices, online and via phone orders. But for the first time, collectors who

Passionate about Rodeo

Quietness may be a trait of a young Oak River, Manitoba girl, but only until you get her talking about the sport of rodeo. Nine years ago, Hanna Kristjanson enjoyed the company of her first pony, Miss Kitty, and started leisurely riding at the age of four. Prior to becoming an avid rodeo cowgirl, she

Morris Stampede Opens After Calgary Controversy

“You can have a catastrophe happen to any horse at any time.” – DR. KEN JOHNSON The Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition, which celebrates its 47th anniversary in Morris this week, expects to avoid the controversy which annually dogs its larger counterpart in Calgary. Unlike the Calgary Stampede, which regularly experiences dead and injured animals during