We slept in a bit and had breakfast around 9:30am. Around 11:30am we boarded the C-Train and headed for Stampede Park.
We went to the Victoria Park Stampede entrance this time as it is closer to the venues we are going to this afternoon.
Here are some photos of the Victoria Park entrance.
Our destination is the Corral to see the presentation of “Tails – Three Horses. One Legend” This is a fictional story with some historical truths about the creation of the Calgary Stampede. The show centres around 3 horses and their lives until they met at the Stampede.
There was some great roping tricks and horse stunts throughout the performance.
There was a re-enactment of a cattle drive.
And a man riding a bison.
After the show we wandered through the BMO Building where there were lots of vendors selling everything and anything that you could imagine. We then walked to the Calgary Saddledome for another show that we wanted to see.
Along our way we saw the newest sculpture for the grounds. This is called “By the Banks of the Bow” It was unveiled in a ceremony just weeks before the Stampede opened. The Bow River flows through Calgary from its origins in the Rocky Mountains.
From the second floor of the Saddledome, we got a good look at the Calgary skyline.
We are at the Saddledome to see the Cowboy Up challenge. While we are here I thought it would be a good chance to figure out the layout of this venue because we will be back here on Wednesday evening for a concert. We found our seats without any difficulty, so that will make it easier for us to navigate to our seats concert day.
The Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they manoeuvre through a series of obstacles demonstrating both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed.
One of the challenges is for the horse to kick the ball through an opening in the corral.
There was a total of 12 challenges. This challenge is to walk across this bridge.
Another challenge was to jump several obstacles.
Another was to carry a full bucket of water, through the log obstacles and over the wobbly bridge.
There were 10 entries in this event and all of the riders and horses were very good, but there can only be one winner. Jim Anderson got a cheque for $7000.00
After the show we wandered around the grounds a bit and then we headed for the C-Train and back to our hotel.
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