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Bovine TB probe wraps with no exact point of entry found

'More stringent' tests now being run on U.S. rodeo cattle imports

Federal inspectors have formally closed the book on a 2018 outbreak of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in a British Columbia cattle herd, but with “no definitive source of infection” found. The probe dates back to October that year, when a beef cow of an unknown age, from a cow-calf operation in B.C.’s southern Interior, was culled,

Fifteen-year-old Ty solely competes in team roping (l), while his younger brother Lane is a five-event junior high cowboy, shown here wrangling a steer in chute dogging.

The life of a working cowboy

Nykoliation brothers Ty and Lane are living the lifestyle of lariats and horses

Real ranches, rodeos and cattle drives aren’t just preserving the frontier spirit, they’re actively practising it. Much the same can be said for a couple of young cowpokes, living the dream on the escarpment carved out in the western region of Manitoba. The Nykoliation family of Crandall has been cattle ranching for over 40 years,


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

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

Hayden Charney marked a score of 87 at Broncs & Bulls this spring at Waywayseecappo First Nation, to win the bull riding title.

Student making a name for himself in bull riding

Rossburn teen thrives on the mental and physical competition

What makes a rodeo athlete compete? For Hayden Charney, who began in the rough stock or eight-second world of the sport, there is a lot that goes into being a competitor — both mentally and physically. “The crowd, the guys behind the chute, fellow competitors and friends all make this sport hard to resist,” said


Shane and Lonnie Brown in action at the 2018 CCA Finals Rodeo in Swift Current, Sask.

Virden brothers share cowhand traditions

Shane and Lonnie Brown like nothing more than teaching a greenhorn to handle a rope

Shane and Lonnie Brown, of Virden, believe in sharing ranch traditions with anyone who is interested. Putting that in action has become an annual event at their team roping clinic where they share their passion for roping and horsemanship skills with youth. April 13 and 14 saw 24 eager participants, ranging from age five to

Stephanie Colli capped off a stellar season within the Heartland Rodeo Association at the 2018 Finals in Grunthal.

Hamiota cowgirl sets sights on world championship

One of two Canadians competing among world’s top 60 breakaway ropers in Las Vegas

Four years ago, Stephanie Colli of Hamiota suffered a rodeo accident while competing in Alberta. She injured her neck and shoulder, resulting in the paralysis of some of the muscles in her back and right shoulder. Against all odds, the 28-year-old has battled back. Coming off a stellar 2018 season of Heartland Rodeo Association (HRA)

Madison McGee of Deloraine releases her lasso as her and Rayna Mortensen of Souris competed in the 
junior team roping competition.

PHOTOS: Riding and roping

Manitoba youth hit the saddle for the annual rodeo season

It’s youth rodeo season again and young people from across Manitoba are participating in this proud rural tradition. Oak Lake hosted the annual Manitoba Junior High Rodeo Finals May 26 and 27, along with their regular high school event. Photographer Sandy Black was present and captured these images. The Manitoba High School Rodeo Finals will


Four-year-old Slone Brown helps his father in the ring during a roping demonstration at the 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

Winter fair clinics look to pass the torch on horse skills

Attendees got the ABCs of how to ride and rope properly from local experts during the 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Shane Brown grew up on rodeo. A self-described third-generation cowboy, Brown was raised on his family’s ranch watching his father rope before entering competition himself. His family has been a stalwart supporter of the sport, often pitching in behind events like the Virden Indoor Rodeo, Manitoba Calf Roped Unlimited Finals, and other roping competitions. He

Daryl Thiessen soars over a bull’s back during his days as a bullfighter.

A cowboy’s guardian angels: the story behind rodeo protection workers

Rodeo clowns and bullfighters make a living out of getting chased down by bulls, but what 
entices people into the business?

Rodeo always has an element of unpredictability and danger and there’s nowhere that’s more evident that in bull riding. Typically the event kicks off with a sense of nervous anticipation, accompanied by pulse-quickening hard rock like AC/DC and an excited announcer asking spectators, “Are you ready for some bull riding?” The chute opens and everyone