b'Building Community ConnectionsThe Show Must Go On! YouthA Safe Return to Live EventsXplosive Performances fromPrograms Continue ThroughIn 2021, our community celebration was the first step in the safeCalgary Stampede Stock Challenging Timesreturn to live events for our city and our country. We were proud to2021 was a banner year for the Calgary Stampedes bucking horses. Its hard to dance when the beat keeps changing, but the Calgaryhave set the standard with our own measures, which were above andOutstanding performances at rodeos across North America throughout Stampede Foundations many youth programs didnt miss a stepbeyond those required. Most notably, the Stampede was the first inthe season brought major accolades as the year wrapped up. though 2021s constantly evolving circumstances. As gatheringCanada to require proof of vaccination, or a rapid test on site, for restrictions changed, so did programming, with shifts from virtual entrance to live music venue, Nashville North.The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) announcedto in-person, indoors to outdoors, and live performances to digital.In addition to the industry leading Global Biorisk Advisory Councilthe Calgary Stampede as the winner of its 2021 Remuda Awards, Through it all, the enthusiasm and energy of the students, talented(GBAC) STAR accreditation for the implementation of the mostrecognizing the Stampedes bucking horses as the most consistent young performers and the strong team of teachers and leaders didstringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious diseaseand top-performing at their 2021 events, creating the best scoring not waver. prevention in our facilities, the Calgary Stampede participated in theopportunities for contestants. Stampede School Returns Alberta Governments Restrictions Exemption Program for activitiesIts a huge honour to receive this award, because its voted onto OH RanchThe Young Canadians safely return to practice. on Stampede Park in 2021. by the Cowboys competing at all of the PRCA events, and itsbeen humbling to be recognized directly by the competitors,Theres nothing quite like a field trip to the great outdoors, especially4-H Rodeo Rides Again! From the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo to the Calgarysaid Tyler Kraft, Calgary Stampede Ranch Manager and Stock if it means spending the day at the historic OH Ranch in the foothillsThe next generation of rodeo competitors were able to gather onceMarathon, consumer shows to country music concerts and majorContractor. Its been a standout year for usthe horses have of the Rocky Mountains. In 2021 educational programming returnedagain to grow their skills in the sport as the annual Calgarysporting events, Stampede Park continued to be a safe gatheringperformed well, and weve leaned on some younger horses thatto the Ranch, with 10 classes of students in grades 4-6 visitingStampede 4-H Rodeo returned in September of 2021. The event, ledplace for dozens of community events and experiences through thehave really stepped-up and put on a good show.through the early fall. Students learned about sustainability,by the Calgary Stampede Rodeo Committee and supported by manysummer and fall of 2021. ecosystem management, environmental stewardship, Albertarodeo industry professionals, offered a day of hands-on learning,Stampedes Xplosive Skies was named the Bareback Horse of the history and culture, and much more during their visit. A unique andfollowed by some fun competition and great prizes for the winners.Honouring the National Day for TruthYear in the 2021 PRCA Stock of the Year Awards.engaging learning opportunity, students walk away from theFrom Breakaway Roping to Barrel Racing, Cow Riding to Goat Tying,and Reconciliation experience developing strong connections to community andthe weekend was full of excitement for participants who were happyXplosive Skies is an amazing 11-year-old mare, said Kraft, adding, understanding their impact on the world around them. to be back in the saddle at Stampede Park. The Calgary Stampede is proud of its longstanding relationships Shes been a special horse since the day she started competingwith Indigenous peoples and recognized the importance of takingfive years ago. Straight out of the gate, she just bucks.the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021, as an opportunity for the Stampede family to reflect, learn andCloser to home, the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) commit to ongoing actions dedicated to reconciliation and inclusion.also honoured a Stampede horse, naming Wild Cherry the Saddle Stampede volunteers and employees were encouraged to access theBronc Horse of the Year for 2021. Tyler Kraft was also selected by the many resources available to listen and learn from Indigenous voices.competitors to act as Pick-up Man during the Canadian Finals Rodeo. An opportunity to share First Nations culture and tradition with theWith outstanding performances throughout the year, its no wonder community arose late in the year when the local Lions Club neededa record number of horses were invited to participate at both the tipi poles for their annual Festival of Lights display. Volunteers fromCanadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) in November and National Finals Rodeo the First Nations Events Committee lent the event 40 of the tipi poles(NFR) in December of 2021, with the standout performances from the Stampedes Elbow River Camp, while also sharing continuing at both events. First Nations culture and tradition. A 4-H Rodeo competitor gets some tips from a volunteer. Opportunities like this give my family the chance to share our culture and help non-Indigenous peoples understand what it means to set up a tipi, how its done and why its done that way, following the ways of our Elders, and the teachings of our grandfathers, and fathers, said Tipi Holder Noran Calf Robe of the Siksika First Nation.Students explore the OH Ranch. Practice makes perfect at the 4-H Rodeo clinics. 2021 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year, Xplosive Skies.14 2021 CALGARY STAMPEDE REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY 2021 CALGARY STAMPEDE REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY 15'