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Manitoba Stampede, July 2019.

Life is a rodeo

Rodeo cancellations have widespread effects on the towns that host them

Cancelling the Manitoba Stampede is a gut-punch to the small town of Morris, Manitoba — and this year, the hits just keep on coming. “It’s a very important part of our community identity,” says Morris Mayor Scott Crick. “It’s so beneficial for the community.” In a ‘normal’ year, calling off the town’s biggest event would

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


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