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June 26, 2012 09:25 ET Says Yee-Haw! With Our List of Top 10 Rodeos

Strap on Some Spurs in Honour of the Calgary Stampede's Centennial

TORONTO--(Marketwire - Jun 26, 2012) -, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, has gotten in the spirit of the rodeo in honour of the Calgary Stampede's 100 year anniversary. Following last year's exciting visit from William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this year's celebrations marking the Stampede's centennial will definitely be worth the trip. If you can't get to Calgary, check out any other of's Top 10 Rodeos featuring the best North America (and France!) have to offer.

With heart-stopping competitions, festivals and plenty of cowboys and cowgirls to go around, these events are their own breed of summer fun:

  • Calgary Stampede - Calgary, Alberta (July 6 - 15, 2012) - Tracing back to 1912, the Calgary Stampede is now one of Canada's largest festivals and tourist draws. The 2012 Stampede is set to be an especially spectacular event for the rodeo, as it's the Centennial Anniversary. In addition to the rodeo itself, events include a two-and-a-half-mile kick-off parade, the GMC Rangeland Derby -- a chuck wagon derby -- the TransAlta Grandstand Show, a plethora of concerts and an array of animal and agricultural displays.

  • Cheyenne Frontier Days - Cheyenne, Wyoming (July 20 - 29, 2012) - The world's largest outdoor rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days, has a history that stretches all the way back to 1897. Today, professional competitors compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. There is also an array of "Wild West" activities and attractions, including square dancing, pancake breakfasts, an art show, an air show, parades with antique carriages and cars, and a carnival midway.

  • EquiBlues - Saint-Agrève, France (Aug. 15 - 19, 2012) - We now see Equiblues in its 17th year of operation. Located in the mystical wild of France's Ardèche département, this year's festival will last five days and include line dancing, country music and, of course, the spectacle of the rodeo: bull riding, bareback riding and saddle bronc riding. The final event is on Sunday, Aug. 19, with cowboys and girls competing for a total of EUR 12,000 worth of prize money.

  • Ponoka Stampede - Ponoka, Alberta (June 25 - July 1, 2012) - This year marks the 76th anniversary of the Ponoka Stampede. Among the rodeo's events are Steer Wrestling, Bull Riding, Barrel Racing and chuck wagon racing. For those not so taken with the affairs of bucking broncos, you can head to the casino and lounge, watch the fireworks, go dancing or take in the art show.

  • Pendleton Roundup - Pendleton, Oregon (Sept. 12 - 15, 2012) - Going strong for 102 years now, the big rodeo event in Oregon is bull riding in the US Bank/ Pendleton PBR Classic. Cowgirls and boys have to ride the bull with only one hand strapped to its backside for at least eight seconds. Other attractions include the Dress-Up Parade, Happy Canyon Indian Pageant, The Westward Ho! Parade and the Main Street Cowboys' Free Show.

Rounding out our list of Top 10 Rodeos are: Williams Lake Stampede -- Williams Lake, British Columbia (June 29 - 30, July 1-2, 2012); Prescott Frontier Days -- Prescott, Arizona (May 5 - Sept. 9, 2012); Greeley Stampede -- Greeley, Colorado (June 22 - July 4, 2012); Festival Western de St-Tite -- Saint-Tite, Quebec (Sept. 7 - 16, 2012); and Dodge City Days -- Dodge City, Kansas (July 27 - Aug. 5, 2012). To read the details about these rodeos and the complete list of's Top 10 Rodeos, visit

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