The Midway

Rides, Food & Games

July 24-27, 2024

The Midway is brought to you by West Coast Amusements

 Stampede-goers must be at least 2 years old and 36” tall to ride any ride.

Wristband pre-sale at all Co-op’s & Co-op gas bars. 

 

For more information about the Midway visit West Coast Amusements’ website here

Summer Pro Rodeo

See you July 24-27, 2024

The Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede is proud to be a part of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Tour for the  rodeo season. The tour is made up of a number of high-profile rodeos in Canada.

At one-go rodeos and multi-go rodeos points are awarded to 10 places in the go round(s) and average. In the case of a tie, points are added together and split. Also, all contestants will receive 5 pts for competing. The points for the go-round(s) and average are as follows:

  • 1st place – 100 points
  • 2nd place – 90 points
  • 3rd place – 80 points
  • 4th place – 70 points
  • 5th place – 60 points
  • 6th place – 50 points
  • 7th place – 40 points
  • 8th place – 30 points
  • 9th place – 20 points
  • 10th place – 10 points




For Rodeo Results, Standings and more information from the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, please click HERE

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Event Descriptions

TEAM ROPING

Two contestants, two horses, two ropes, one steer and one barrier rope. Team roping requires close cooperation and timing between highly skilled ropers, a header and heeler. As in other timed events, the team ropers start from boxes on each side of the chute from which the steer is released into the arena. The steer gets a head start depending on the length of the arena. The header takes off in pursuit, with the heeler trailing slightly behind. If the header breaks the barrier before the steer completes its head start, the ropers are assessed a ten second penalty. Once the header makes his catch he turns the steer to expose the back legs to the heeler. The heeler then attempts to rope both hind legs. If only one is caught, there is a five second penalty. The clock is stopped when there is no slack in the ropes and the horses are facing each other.

TIE DOWN ROPING

Tie-down roping is the most technical event in rodeo. At the start of the run, the roper must remain behind the barrier until the calf crosses the scoreline. Breaking the barrier adds ten seconds to the roper’s time. After roping the calf, the cowboy dismounts from his horse, runs down his rope and lays the calf down by hand. If the calf is down when he reaches it, he must allow the calf to get up and then lay it down. The roper then ties any three legs with a “piggin’ string” (a shorter rope he carries between his teeth). The tie must hold for six seconds after the roper remounts his horse. The work of the horse is crucial; he must rate the speed of the calf, stop on cue in a single stride then hold the rope taut while the roper runs to his calf.

STEER WRESTLING

Timing, coordination and strength are prerequisites for a steer wrestler. To begin with, he must remain behind the barrier, which is a rope stretched across the front of the starting box, until the steer crosses the scoreline, giving it a prescribed head start. If the cowboy breaks the barrier, ten seconds are added to his time. The horse is trained to run beside the steer and then run on by as the steer wrestler reaches for his steer. The steer wrestler catches the right horn in the crook of his right arm then must hit the ground with his legs extended forward in order to bring the steer to a halt. Using his left elbow and forearm as leverage under the steer’s nose, he ‘bulldogs’ the steer to the ground. The steer must be flat on its side with all four legs extended. The second mounted cowboy is the hazer and it’s his job to keep the steer running straight, allowing the bulldogger to get down on the steer.

LADIES BARREL RACING

One of rodeo’s most popular events, the barrel race requires the rider and her horse to complete a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. The time starts when the competitor crosses an electric beam of light (start / finish line) and the time is completed when she recrosses the line after completing the pattern. Talented riders on fast, athletic horses that can blaze through the pattern while keeping all three barrels standing are the key to success. A five second penalty is assessed for a barrel being tipped over, effectively knocking the rider out of the money.

BAREBACK RIDING

This event is the most physically demanding in rodeo. The cowboy inserts his gloved hand into the suitcase handle-like bareback riggin which is made of leather and is cinched around the horse. The stress on the riding arm is intense, absorbing most of the horse’s power. The rider will be disqualified for failing to keep his spurs over the break of the horse’s shoulders until the first jump out of the chute is complete, for touching the animal or equipment with the free hand, or for getting bucked off before the end of the eight-second ride. Riders try to spur the horse on each jump, reaching as far forward as they can with their feet, then bringing their spurs back toward the riggin. While they look wild and out of control, the great bareback riders are anything but – keeping their bodies in the middle of the horse’s back while working their spurs to advantage for the entire eight seconds.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

In the “classic event of rodeo”, the rider spurs from the animal’s shoulders in an arc-like motion toward the back of the saddle in time with the bronc’s actions. The cowboy rides in an “Association Saddle” with no horn while holding onto a braided buck rein. He wears spurs with dull rowels and chaps of light leather. The cowboy places his hand on the rein carefully to maintain balance and avoid either being pulled down over the front end or launched out ‘the back door’. To qualify for a score, the rider must have his boots over the break of the horse’s shoulders until the horse has completed his first jump out of the chute. He cannot touch any part of the animal or equipment with his free hand, lose a stirrup or get bucked off before the end of the eight second ride. The higher and harder the horse bucks and the better the cowboy spurs-the higher the score.

BULL RIDING

Rodeo’s most dangerous event and the toughest eight seconds in sport. The bull rider inserts his gloved hand into the handhold of a flat, braided rope which is passed around the girth of the bull, into the palm of the hand, around behind the wrist and into the palm of the hand one more time. A weighted cowbell hangs on the underside of the rope allowing it to fall free when the ride is completed. During the eight second ride, the cowboy must keep himself close up on the handhold to prevent his arm from straightening and jerking his hand loose at the same time keeping his free hand from touching the bull. Riders are not required to spur, as staying on these strong, athletic, loose hided and often cantankerous animals is difficult enough. But if the cowboy is able to use his feet, he can improve the mark from the judges. Rather than pick-up men, skilled ‘bullfighters’ distract the bull at the end of the ride to allow that cowboy to escape to safety.

LADIES BREAKAWAY ROPING

Breakaway roping is the event comparable to the men’s tie-down roping on the cowboy side except the cowgirls are not required to dismount and tie the calf. In breakaway roping, the cowgirl has a flag tied close to the end of her rope and a nylon string tied from the rope to the saddle horn. When the rope grows tight after the calf is roped, the string breaks away from the saddle horn and the flag goes flying, signaling the timer to stop the clock. The time in the breakaway roping can sometimes get as fast as 2.0 second run. The women must concentrate on the perfect get out and roping the calf clean around the neck.


RETURN TO STAMPEDE

Rodeo Royalty

Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Royalty

QUEEN – Emma Atkinson

PRINCESS – Caitlyn O’Connor

2024 Stampede Queen Competition
July 11-13, 2024

View the 2024 Contestant Package here! 

July 11 – Horsemanship

Location: Stampede Grandstand
Time: 7 p.m. 
Entry: Food Bank Donation

Proudly Sponsored by Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack

July 12 – Public Speaking

Location: Cypress Centre
Time: 6 p.m.
Entry: $30/ticket (Purchase in advance at Stampede Office)
Buffet dinner provided by Shooting Star Events

Proudly Sponsored by Richardson’s Jewellery

July 13 – Fashion Show

Location: Cypress Centre
Time: Doors at 1:30 p.m., Show starts at 2 p.m.
Entry: Donation to scholarship fund
Featuring Refreshments, Door Prizes & Jewellery draw
 

July 26 – Crowning

Location: Stampede Grandstand
Time: Friday Pro Rodeo Intermission
Entry: Rodeo tickets available at mhstampede.com
 
 

Visual Arts

July 24-27, 2024

Located in the Cypress Centre

12:00 pm -8:00 pm

Showcasing Local Artisans

 
 Categories
  1. Painting – Oil
  2. Painting – Acrylic
  3. Painting – Watercolour & Gouache
  4. Painting – Mixed Media, Alternative & Pastel
  5. Photography
    • Black & white or monochrome
  6. Photography
    • Colour
  7. Photography
    • Digital enhanced & manipulated, and other
  8. Graphics
    • Drawing, printmaking
  9. Sculpture
    • Bronze, Clay, Wood, Stone, etc.
  10. Pottery & Glass
    • Hand built, wheel-thrown pottery, hand-blown glass
  11. Fibre Arts, In Memory of Nancy Ruth Sissons – An original work of art created using fibre, which is generally more artistic or decorative than functional. Entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Visual Arts Committee. Examples include, but are not limited to, tapestry, silk paintings, sculpture (yarn bombing), felting, original blanket design, etc. No creations made from kits or patterns will be accepted.
  12. Children’s Art – **No Entry Fee**
    • Pre-school – Grades 1 to 3
    • Grades 4 to 6
    • Grades 7 to 9
    • Grades 10 to 12
Note: Payment due at drop-off

The biggest collection of art ever at the Stampede. Showcasing some of the best artists Medicine Hat & surrounding areas has to offer. The show is open to both adults and Children. SIMPLY A MUST SEE – BEAUTIFUL!  Take a look at the talent Medicine Hat and area artists have to offer.

Visual Arts Exhibition FAQ

July 14 and 15 at the Fireside Room in the Cypress Center on the Stampede Grounds.  See the brochure on this website for specific times.

  • Artists from pre-school to adult. Each person can submit a maximum of 4 pieces of art in any genre.
  •  work can not previously be submitted to the MHES art show.  (Please submit reproductions of other artist’s work or pattern-based creations to the Better Living Exhibition.)
  • Pieces should not exceed 36” in height or width
  • 10 lbs is the maximum weight that gallery wire will hold.
  • Please follow the Hanging Instructions (see link on Visual Arts main page)

 

  • You can list your art sale price on the label you attach.  We will share contact information of potential buyers with you and you can negotiate a sale with you privately.
  • All artwork must remain in the exhibition until Sunday July 28.

 

  • $5.00 per piece (cash only please) for adults. 
  • Free – children’s exhibition

 

Parade

July 25, 2024

See You All This Summer!

Kick-off to Stampede

The parade is organized by a committee of dedicated volunteers and community supporters.

Your entry into the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede parade is a richly rewarding experience for you to get involved in. It is a great way to build teamwork, pride and community spirit within your organization while giving back to our community and having fun in the process. There is nothing like parading your civic pride, come and showcase your product and celebrate our western heritage.

TO FILL OUT PARADE ENTRY FORM CLICK BELOW

2024 Parade Route

Methanex Kiddies Day

July 26, 2024

12:00am - 3:00pm
Co-Op Pioneer Village

Friday Fun!

  • Goodies Bags per child upon entry
  • Jelly Bean Guess Contest- 1 per family 
  • Coloring Contest ages 4-6 and 7-9
  • Bouncy castles
  • Pony Hops
  • Face Painting 
  • Photo Booth
  • Games
    • Various games for appropriate age of children
    • Scavenger hunt for 4 age groups
      • Ages 0-3
      • Ages 4-6
      • Ages 7-9
      • Ages 10-12
    • Visit Co-op Pioneer Village Buildings

 PRIZES * PRIZES * PRIZES

All Breed Horse Show

July 18-21, 2024

Schedule Below

2024 Horse Show

We are proud to be sanctioned with these circuits:
– Saskatchewan Horse Federation- Heritage Circuit
– Alberta Equestrian Federation Wild Rose Circuit
– Cypress Horse Shows 
– NAERIC Advantage
– Western Dressage  a WSDAC Show

 

Schedule

Thursday, July 18
12-8 p.m.: Dressage & Western Dressage
 
Friday, July 19
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Dressage & Western Dressage
5:30 p.m.: Reining
 
Saturday, July 20
8 a.m.: Halter & English Performance
5 p.m.: Ranch Herd Work & Ranch Cutting
 
Sunday, July 21
8 a.m.: Western Performance
9:30 a.m.: Trail Classes
Click on the button below to view all 2024 Horse Show Info

Country In The City

July 24-27, 2024

Bringing you back to the farm!

The Country in the City exhibit, sponsored by UFA was launched during the 2006 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede and proved to be a huge success with both visitors and trade show exhibitors. 

Country in the City was initiated to provide a connection between the urban and rural communities by having informative, educational and interactive displays on topics related to agriculture, energy, recycling, and living in the country

We would be delighted to have you attend our show and look forward to seeing you this summer.