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Each year Cattle Trail gives Stampede-goers a chance to see live cattle close-up.

Meeting consumers on the Cattle Trail

The Calgary Stampede’s Cattle Trail is a case study into the value of face-to-face interactions between beef producers and consumers

For many visitors to the Calgary Stampede, a trip to the barns is the only interaction they ever have with livestock. This lends greater importance to the UFA Cattle Trail, an interactive exhibit about beef production. Set up each year in the Calgary Stampede’s Nutrien Western Event Centre, the Cattle Trail shares the story of […] Read more

History: Stampede Managers and Contestants Meet

Reprinted from the January 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Stampede Managers and Contestants Meet By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘The Cowboys and Canadian Stampede Manager’s Associations held their annual meeting in Calgary in an atmosphere of cordiality marking a high in relations between the C.S.M.A. and the Cowboy’s Protective Association. There was none of the wrangling that has marked some sessions in the past. […] Read more


History: Hartnett Appointed GM of Calgary Stampede

Reprinted from the October 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

‘Commencing November 1st the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Co. Ltd., will have a new general Manager. Maurice E. Hartnett, a young man, age 46, with an agricultural background and training and experience in administrative work, will assume his new duties on that date. He will succeed J. Chas. Yule who for eleven years filled that […] Read more

History: Royalty Entertained at Calgary by “Royal Winter Stampede”

Reprinted from the November 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Royalty Entertained at Calgary by “Royal Winter Stampede” By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘Southern Alberta carved itself a special niche in the Canadian tour of Princess Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh with the first, and what may be the world’s only Royal Winter Stampede. It was a 90 minute edition of the […] Read more


Canada’s Prime Minister St. Laurent (right) led the parade and officials opened the Show.

History: Calgary’s 1950 Stampede Makes History

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calgary’s 1950 Stampede Makes History By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘The story of the 1950 Calgary Stampede is a story of rain, millions of dollars worth of rain, when converted to grass, grain, flour and beef, but it gave Stampede officials, contestants and 373,135 visitors to the big show headaches and heartaches. Pelting down at […] Read more

History: Rodeo reminiscences

Reprinted from the May 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Rodeo reminiscences By Harvey Hanson, Balzac, Alta. ‘With the opening of sales of Calgary Stampede tickets to the public on February 1st and looking over my tickets, my thoughts go back to a stampede in Alberta thirty-six years ago that was not much heralded, was hardly heard of and was not sponsored by the “Big […] Read more


Calgary Stampede voted the 2016 Stock Contractor of the Year

Newsmakers from the October 24, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

One of the biggest surprise announcements of last month was the unexpected resignation of Canada Beef president Rob Meijer on September 16. A press release from the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency said Meijer has resigned to spend more time with his two daughters and his wife. He joined Canada Beef […] Read more

Calgary Stampede feeling impact of oil price plunge

Calgary | Reuters — Canada’s top rodeo is feeling the impact of the global oil price plunge, with bids to sponsor one of the Calgary Stampede’s main events down more than 20 per cent from last year. The 103-year-old Stampede is a 10-day festival of rodeo, street parties and corporate entertainment held in Canada’s oil […] Read more


Jack Dillon

Jack Dillon remembered

History pages reprinted from the June 1948 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Closing a colourful career, Jack Dillon passed away in Calgary on March 15, 1948. From the time he left his birthplace, Limerick, Ireland, at the age of three until his death at the age of 66, Dillon poured his energy into various activities ranging from law student, cowhand, rancher, commission agent, ranch manager, livestock association […] Read more

Guy Weadick: Dean of rodeo producers, Pt. 1

From the pages of Canadian Cattlemen, June 1946

“We wish to pay tribute to a man who, although only twenty-three when he conceived an idea of great consequence and only twenty-seven when he was able to bring it into reality, was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word. For it was he who first conceived the idea of Calgary’s first Stampede […] Read more