Calgary Stampede is a 10 day summer event that will be celebrating its centennial next year.
THIS YEAR THE Stampede took place between the 8-17 of July. Part rodeo, part county fair, the event brings serious horse riding, pageantry, and carnival rides together with music, First Nations people performing traditional dances, and tournaments. This year, $2 million was awarded in prizes in rodeo tournaments with categories like barebacking, horse cutting, and tie-down roping.
Here are a few shots from my day at the 99th annual Calgary Stampede, from noon to night.
The Calgary Stampede Showband
The Calgary Stampede Showband makes over 200 appearances throughout the Stampede, performing for crowds at the Rodeo, Grandstand Show, and the Saddledome steps.
Musicians of the Calgary Stampede Showband performing for the crowd.
The Midway of the Stampede grounds is chock full of food & beverage stands where any cowboy can refuel in between rides.
The Calgary Stampede Rodeo features a mix of performances and guest appearances, such as that of Alberta's own princesses, and Miss Universe Canada.
The horn section
A Band of Outriders delights the crowds with Midway musical performances varying in genres from western to pop.
The Indian Village
The Indian Village offers demonstrations of traditional dances for the crowd. A part of the Calgary Stampede since 1912, the Village holds daily activities such as hand-games, tipi raising, and drumming.
First Nations people of the Indian Village don traditional garb, such as feathered headdresses.
Scads of hats
If you're not feeling cowboy-ish enough, hats can be snagged at souvenir shops all around the grounds.
Cutting Horse Competition
Riders in the Big Top prepare to take part in a Cutting Horse Competition, where steers are separated from a herd by a rider and his horse.
Mandy Glinsbockel is a freelance editorial and portrait photographer based in Calgary, AB, Canada. With a passion for humanitarianism and travel, she is compelled to use the camera as a means of providing awareness and insight into global culture. When she is not behind the camera, she can be found journaling ideas and inspirations for new projects, and volunteering on the board of Biluany Water & Literacy Society, a Calgary based nongovernmental organization.