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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

Ashten Hawtin, 15, enjoys competing in rough stock events of junior steer or bull riding.

Miniota brothers carry on family tradition

Inspired by their grandfather they continue competing in rodeo

Drawing on the inspiration of a former rodeo contestant and member of the Little ‘M’ Rodeo committee, two brothers now calling Miniota home are proud to recall the livelihood of their grandfather Don Haines, even though they never got to meet him. The cowboy lifestyle for both Peyton Hawtin and his younger brother Ashten, the


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

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

Designated rodeos allow younger students to participate instead of just watching.

Manitoba Little Buckaroo rodeos

Kindergarten to Grade 5 division now a part of high 
school association

Striving to keep interest of the sport of rodeo at the forefront and ensure its future, the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association continues to offer events geared to the younger ages. Designated rodeos allow students in kindergarten to Grade 5 to participate instead of just watching from the rail. The Manitoba Little Buck­aroo (MLB) rodeos


JK Ranching team (l to r) Jeremy Pilkey, Carla Marsh, Roger Dunham, and Kevin Taylor.

Saving cowboy heritage

Teams compete for champion status

A traditional grassroots version of rodeo developed over the years from competitions held between ranch hands during large working ranch gatherings kicked up a lot of dust in Hamiota last month. The Manitoba Ranch Rodeo Association (MRRA) and its members from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan uplifted the spirits of the history of the sport. Although

Kally Bodin is a four-event high school rodeo competitor.

Closeness of families spurs on interest in rodeo

Hartney teenager says cowgirl lifestyle is everything to love

Inspired by Rachelle Boyes, who not only excelled at high school rodeo but also at professional barrel racing aboard her horse Chico, it wasn’t hard for a fellow Deleau family to get interested in rodeo. “Growing up close to Rachelle it wasn’t hard to fall in love with riding and of course, barrel racing,” said

Brandon’s Riley Park brought down his steer in 8.47 seconds during the Sunday’s action.

PHOTOS: Riding and roping

Students gathered in Oak Lake to test their skill in a high school rodeo

Oak Lake celebrated a rural Manitoba tradition May 27 and 28 with its high school rodeo. Forty high school and 18 junior high students were competing to gain points and perhaps the chance to compete in the Provincial Finals, slated for June 9-11 in Swan River. The first high school rodeo in Manitoba began in


Team roping is Jenel Boyes’ favourite event.

Third generation continues family’s rodeo passion

MHSRA member has been riding since she was two years old and barrel racing since four

Passed down through generations, rodeo has been in two Manitoba families — Cochrane and Boyes for quite some time. Presently competing as a high school rookie in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA), Jenel Boyes, a student at Hartney School, has been in the saddle since she was two and barrel racing since the

Bull riding is among the events that Tyson Salmon competes in.

Stonewall student is an all-around cowboy

Tyson Salmon has developed a work ethic through involvement in the MHSRA

Developing a work ethic through high school rodeo, Tyson Salmon, a Stonewall Collegiate student, has been involved in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) since 2009. He has impressed family and friends in becoming an all-around cowboy. As a rough stock competitor he has competed in bull riding, and in timed events — tie-down