The Calgary Stampede

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 17th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Rodeo's have been a form a entertainment for years however, the Calgary Stampede festival or any other rodeo should continue. The animals are at jeopardy.

Chuckwagon Finals

Calgary, Alberta is home to the rodeo known as the Calgary stampede. The Stampede is often held in July in Calgary. Mid-August means it’s time for the Lloydminster Westridge Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Finals.

The Calgary Stampede is known as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth." It commands an audience of over a million people and is one of the largest rodeos in the world. It also has a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions.

The Calgary Stampede

“The first of the events was held in 1886 by the Calgary and District Agricultural Society. An American promoter by the name of Guy Weadick organized his first rodeo and festival, known as the Stampede. He returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honour of soldiers returning from World War I. Weadick's festival became an annual event in 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.”

The Calgary stampede is part of the identity of the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is known as “cowtown” to its residents. The rodeo is one of the largest festivals in Canada.


In the early days humane animal practices were non- existent. However, the Calgary Stampede maintains that it takes the best care of their animals and follows the regulations set out in the Alberta’s Animal Protection Act. They have veterinarians on hand at all time.

My view on the practices concerning the Calgary Stampede

Just like the Spanish bullfights, I do not see this kind of entertainment entertaining at all when animals are abused. I stand behind the many people who find this rodeo is harmful to the animals involved. The animals in the stampede get anxious not knowing what is happening to them. I would like to know what fun could the animals be having when their legs are tied together, or they are running around trying to avoid a human who is about to lasso them. This practice may be sport to the visitors but it is no joyride for the animals.

To date nine horses have been killed during the chuckwagon race. I maintain that 9 animals is already too much. Apparently caring for the animals cannot stop the absolutely needless deaths. I believe we are moving away from using animals as sport. Because of these incidents and the current animal welfare paradigm, I call for a ban on this cruel sport.

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Animal-Cruelty, Animals, Calgary Stampede, Chuckwagon Races, Horses, Rodeo

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jul 2015 (#)

Four horses died in chuckwagon racing at the Calgary Stampede this year. Horrible

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