The Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede

October 28, 2005 10:30 ET

Calgary Stampede blazes new rodeo trail

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 28, 2005) - The Calgary Exhibition & Stampede will take the Stampede Rodeo in an innovative direction in 2006 with a new rodeo format and an overall increase in prize money to $1.6 million, which includes a $1 million Final Showdown Sunday.

The world's top ranked competitors will compete over 10 days in the six major events - saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel racing. The winner of each event during the Showdown on the final Sunday will walk away with $100,000, double the amount of last year's payout, making it the 'world's richest ride in rodeo'. As Guy Weadick stated in 1912, "The money is here, come and get it."

"For nearly 100 years our goal has been to create the world's best rodeo for cowboys, cowgirls and for rodeo fans who come from all over the world to see the Calgary Stampede," says Steve Allan, chairman of the board and president of the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede. "These changes create a new level of excitement around one of our cornerstone attractions by elevating the profile of our competitors and stock, as well as enhancing the experience for our audience."

In each of the six major events, 20 of the top ranked rodeo competitors in the world will be divided into two pools, with each pool competing for four consecutive days. The top four contestants from each pool will then move to the semifinals on Showdown Sunday and the remaining six competitors from each pool will compete on Wild Card Saturday. Two winners from Saturday will then advance to the semifinals where ten competitors will battle it out for one of four positions in the Final Showdown. Top prize for Showdown winners in each event is $100,000, with second place earning $25,000, third receiving $15,000 and fourth place taking home $10,000.

"The Calgary Stampede has always hosted the world's best rodeo and this has just made it even more enticing for competitors," says Dan Mortensen, seven-time world saddle bronc champion and 2004 Calgary Stampede saddle bronc champion.

"The Stampede Rodeo continues to get bigger and better," says Rod Hay, eight-time Canadian saddle bronc champion and 2005 Calgary Stampede saddle bronc champion. "These new changes are not only great for the competitors, but they are good for the sport of rodeo."

The Calgary Exhibition & Stampede is a volunteer supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through its world-renowned 10-day Calgary Stampede, year-round facilities, products and services and agricultural programs that foster understanding of the agricultural industry. All revenue generated is reinvested into our various programs and facilities.

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  • Calgary Exhibition & Stampede
    Brenda Hanchar
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