Calgary Stampede Daily News Briefing – Thursday, July 13th, 2017

$5 Fun: $5 entry from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (runs July 10 – July 13). Select vendors are also participating by featuring $5 items. Check out The Nut Man Company, Burnt Whiskey Beard Co. and Ocean Sales – to name just a few! (All participating vendors will display a special $5 Fun icon.)

Chuckwagon and Agriculture Competition Results:

Rodeo: Full rodeo results here.

Chuckwagon Racing:
Details on night four of the GMC Rangeland Derby can be found here.

Agriculture Results
Daily agriculture results can be found here.

What’s happening today


Coca-Cola Stage

Alessia Cara,
9 p.m.

Nashville North

Tristan Horncastle,
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jojo Mason,
10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Tanya Ryan,
12 a.m., 1 a.m.

Scotiabank Saddledome

Brooks & Dunn,
7 p.m.

Hits of the Day

Heavy Horse Pull Auction – The 2017 Heavy Horse Pull Team Auction, a lively and intimate affair before a live audience. Supporters love this event because it presents an affordable branding opportunity, and allows them a unique venue for entertaining clients. Successful bidders get barn tours, passes to watch their teams during competition from a private VIP section, signage on the horses themselves during competition, stall signage in the barns, and an exclusive party prior to the main event.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Agrium Western Event Centre

Working Cow Horse Classic – The competition includes a reined work pattern; where the horse maneuvers through a series of maneuvers including figure eights, straight runs, lead changes, sliding stops and 360-degree spins- celebrating the athleticism of the horse. The most challenging and exciting part of the competition is the cow work –performing specific maneuvers that include circling the cow, turning it in a specified manner and performing a pattern. The Working Cow Horse Classic features finished “bridle” horses advanced in their training, as well as younger horses shown in the traditional hackamore.

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Agrium Western Event Centre

Shepherds Haven – This is a haven for family fun with a ton of FREE old fashioned fair games, wool washing and interactive displays. Come participate in “Shepherds Challenge” and enter a draw to win a BBQ.

11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Victoria Pavilion

Daily Agriculture Exhibits Highlight

Draft Horse Town pays homage to the mighty “draft horse” and the significant role it played in building Western Canada. Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons, and Shires, guided by the skill of Teamsters, helped build roads, hauled the dirt and rock from building sites, pulled wagons, carriages and firefighting equipment, and plowed the fields for planting crops.

Teamsters and exhibitors introduce you to their horses, and show you how they prepare their teams for work, shows and pulling competitions. See blacksmiths work their magic with hot steel right before your eyes while wheelwrights demonstrate their craft –making wheels for the wagons and carriages. Following each show, these equine “stars” will be in Draft Horse Town posing for photos and meeting their adoring fans. Come get nose-to-nose with the largest horses you’ll find at this year’s Stampede.

11:00 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Country Trail, daily

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Also happening today

1. Blacksmith Classic, Join us as we showcase six of the best teams from across Canada, the USA and Europe in an intense 3 day competition. Teams will be tested on their forging and shoeing skills combined with speed and accuracy. Northern Lights Arena, 11 a.m.
2. Paintball, Midway Unleashed is the wildest area on Stampede Park. Midway Unleashed, Open daily.
3. Stampede Showband, Bringing the Calgary Stampede’s unique brand of western hospitality wherever they go, the Showband, Showriders, and Outriders are an integral part of the Stampede’s annual Ten Day Festival, but also perform independently throughout the year. Saddledome Steps, 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
4. $5 Fun entry from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Select vendors are also participating by featuring $5 items. Check out My Antique Portraits and the Stampede concessions in BMO and Stampede Corral – to name just a few! (All participating vendors will display a special $5 Fun icon.)
5. Duelling Chef Contest – Watch rock star Calgary chefs, Michel Nop (Foreign Concept) and Dustin Schafer (Modern Steak) face-off for the final spot in Saturday’s Duelling Chef Finale! Kitchen Theatre, BMO (Hall A), today at 7 p.m.

Interesting Stories

Cowboys and a cowgirl in the kitchen: What do two chuckwagon drivers, a saddle bronc rider and a barrel racer do when they aren’t busy competing at the Calgary Stampede rodeo? On Thursday, July 13th at 11AM they will be cooking on the Western Showcase Kitchen Theatre stage in BMO Market Hall A, competing in the first Kitchen Theatre Cowboy Cook-off.

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Turn up the heat with the world’s hottest pizza challenge: In a world where different peppers compete for the title of hottest in the world, the Carolina Reaper reigns supreme. This pepper clocks in at 2.3 million on the Scoville Scale (the measurement of the pungency of peppers in heat units), and is putting guest’s taste buds and spice tolerance to the test at Rick’s Pizza on the Midway.

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Come-back win puts rider back on top: Bull rider Tanner Byrne had been battling numerous injuries most of the winter, and only recently returned to action.
Bull number one in Pool B at Calgary didn’t go so well. But Byrne, from Prince Albert, SK, bounced back Wednesday and rode like his old self on the Kesler bull All Fired Up, racking up 84 points for first on the day.

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Title claimed in the Open division finals of the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association Series of Cutting: Clint Allen of Weatherford, Tex. rode QB Cat to the Champion title in the Open division finals of the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday, despite the nine-year-old gelding not being at the veteran rider’s radar.

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Wednesday’s Midway Food Winner:

Best Corn Dog on the Midway goes to Big Coco’s and their Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls
The corn dog is a classic on the Stampede Midway and fairs across the continent. A new category this year, the inaugural Best Corn Dog award goes to Big Coco’s and their Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls. A chunk of pickle is cored, stuffed with a hot dog, wrapped in bacon, battered in corn meal, deep fried and put on a stick for your foodie convenience.
Check them out near the Rotary Dream Home the next time you’re on the Stampede Midway. Special thanks to Global Calgary’s Linda Olsen, The Score’s Deb Matejicka and Mr. Fab himself, Ryan Massel, for helping out with the judging!

Attendance Results:

Yesterday’s attendance numbers: 130,210
Same day 2016: 100,742
Cumulative attendance for 2017: 722,641

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