It all started with a vision and the bricks and mortar. Now, eager participants are bringing it all to life.

Thanks to the generous donations from hundreds of Albertans, the vision of Stampede Park as a year-round gathering place is becoming a reality. A number of these contributions have been made by Calgary Stampede volunteers. Nicole Henson, a proud seven-year Stampede volunteer and chair of the Agriculture Media committee, is passionate about agriculture and youth education. When Henson donated to the capital campaign, she chose to give to the Agriculture Discovery Zone.

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Nicole Henson

The Agrium Western Event Centre – part of the Agriculture Discovery Zone – plays host to an innovative, inquiry-based learning program and a variety of regional, national and international equine championship events. One of the first lucky riders in the new Agrium Centre was Faith Stewart, a 16-year-old member of the Big Hill West Light Horse 4-H Club in Cochrane.

Stewart felt privileged to ride in this new cutting-edge facility. She described the building as “wonderful, so clean and bright” adding, “the larger arena gives the horse and rider the freedom to run full, big patterns.” In fact, this 125×250 ft. arena is referred to by competitors as one of the top 10 facilities of its kind in North America.

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Faith Stewart and her sisters

Besides hosting youth agriculture programs, the Agrium Centre is providing a home to events typically not seen at Stampede Park. Some of these events include the Arabian Horse Association Region 17 Championships and the Royal West Show Jumping Tournament.

Henson is thrilled to see these events and youth programs at the Agrium Centre. She grew up on a family farm and “wants to help keep agriculture alive” for future generations. Henson’s generosity helped contribute to a place where youth like Stewart can showcase and celebrate their western heritage.

If you make a donation to the “We’re Greatest Together” capital campaign you can choose where your money goes. Your donation can be applied to the general capital campaign, or to one of three designated areas – Agriculture Discovery Zone, ENMAX Park and Youth Campus.