Happy New Year to all and I wish all of the employees and volunteers a safe and prosperous 2016. It was a busy end to 2015, with a number of events taking place on Stampede Park. The Stampede was also represented at the National Rodeo Finals (NFR) in Las Vegas, which I was fortunate to attend and see the CS bucking stock in action.

Grey Cup

I was very pleased to see our Sponsorship department activate the Calgary Stampede cabin at the Cowboy Christmas trade show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Thanks to all our volunteers, including the Calgary Stampede Royalty, for taking the time to help host visitors at the CS display.

Cowboy Christmas
At Cowboy Christmas in Las Vegas with the 2016 Calgary Stampede Royalty

December 14th saw Stampede employees and volunteers gather together to shoot some promotional footage, which the Stampede will use later this year for marketing purposes. It was great to see such a large and enthusiastic turnout at this event.

Selfie Dec 2015


Notwithstanding the challenges posed by the economy, 2016 promises to be an exciting and eventful year for the Stampede.  There are numerous events to look forward to at the Park this spring, including:

1. Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 15, and I look forward to seeing all  shareholders at this meeting.

2014 Annual General meeting, March 17, 2015


2. The 2016 Canvas Auction presented by GMC on Thursday, March 17 in the Boyce Theatre.

The 2015 Canvas Auction stage


3. One of our new sponsors, AltaLink, is holding a very timely farm safety day in the newly-named AltaLink Hall in the Agrium Western Event Centre on March 24.

Pictured: (L) (R)
AltaLink president and CEO (L) Scott Thon and (R) Calgary Stampede CEO, Warren Connell announcing the opening of AltaLink Hall 


4. The always popular Aggie Days runs from April 7 to April 10 and for the first time in their new venue at the Agrium Western Event Centre.

Are you a horse? reading by president Bill Gray
Last year, I attended Aggie Days and had the opportunity to read at Storybook Corner

5. Our Dairy Cattle committee’s Dairy Classic Championship is on April 20 and 21 and this year welcomes the National Holstein show.

2015 Dairy Classic Show: Summer Yearlings.
If you’ve never been to the Dairy Classic, here is a demonstration from last year’s Summer Yearlings show


6. 4-H groups take over the Agrium Centre on June 3rd to 5th for the annual 4-H on Parade events presented by Cervus Equipment.

4-H on Parade
4-H on Parade showcases horses, steers and heifers, provides demonstrations of small engines, computer and other lifestyle projects, sheep trimming, showmanship, agility dog trials, and a Tug-o-War competition. The event concludes with the sheep and steer sales.


Development on Stampede Park continues with construction on Enmax Park wrapping up and with that beautiful new green space now being open to the public. Work on various projects on Youth Campus continues with both the planning and commencement of construction for the TransAlta Centre and BMO Amphitheatre now under way. Meetings with many stakeholders are taking place in respect of possible expansion plans for our BMO Centre facility.

3D Image with Opera House Concept November 2015 NEW


As usual it is never a boring time at Stampede.  Look forward to working with all of you this year.