Hell or High Water – Calgary Stampede 2013 Day 2
Indeed, my friends – there are more Stampede antics to cover! Giddyup, let’s go!!!
Stampede is Alberta’s biggest yearly event! Folks come from all over the globe to attend + some locals get out of town to get away from all the congestion! The rodeo has been taking place since 1912, created + promoted by Guy Weadick a cowboy + vaudeville performer. And they really put on a show – it’s the biggest rodeo on earth!
After walking around the Stampede grounds the day before, we were happy to be seated for the rodeo.
Even if our seats were in the nose bleed section! I bought our tickets almost 3 months prior to Stampede – buy your rodeo/chuck wagon tickets well in advance if you want better seats! I don’t mind nose bleed, since you’re out of the sun or the rain!
It actually did start raining a little + the wind really kicked up, but nothing like last year’s mud fest. Again, the nose bleed section saved us from the elements.
This bull is still pissed off as all hell!!!! I would be too! The guys in red + black are there to divert the bull’s anger away from the rider + to help usher the bull back into the backstage pens. What’s cool about the Stampede is that because it’s such an international/touristy event, announcers explain what roles are played + other details so that even city gal Debbie understood what was going on.
Debbie wanted me to point out that all of the winners in each category were American. Not one Canadian victor. Ouch! Congratulations American cowboys/cowgirl, an amazing rodeo!!!
But yes, I took a picture of them being freshly made, just to torture you guys.
We droopily dragged ourselves over to the heavy horse pull arena. Debbie is so city, she had never seen a draft horse in real life. She kept exclaiming, “They’re like dinosaurs!!! DINOSAURS!!!!”. Okay okay, pipe down, city mouse! Take ‘er easy!
Oh ho, who do we have here?! An appearance from Mr. Anson Mount from Jeff’s show “Hell on Wheels”! The crowd was very, very excited as Anson chatted with the announcer about shooting season 3.
You know who wasn’t excited? The big dude in the blue shirt. He was like, “ME WANT SEE MORE BIG HORSES PULL HEAVY STUFF!!!!”.
Okay, fun’s over. We hauled our what seemed like lead filled bodies onto the train to head home. Here’s Debbie reading up on how all horse breeds are derived from Arabians + Jeff doing his best impression of the living dead.
The Calgary Stampede is definitely an overload of all the senses + two full days of it kind of put me over the edge!!! But so much fun + you’ll never find anything that compares!
Keep on reading as Debbie + I make our way to the blue hued lakes + crisp mountain tops of the Canadian Rockies!!!