Cowboy Christmas is here....

This Weekend is  an exciting time for Rodeo Fans across North America. It marks the beginning of what is known is as Cowboy Christmas, aptly named for the two week string of the biggest Pro Rodeos in the PRCA & CPRA, the two biggest Rodeo Associations. North of the Border,  the biggest rodeo kicks off up in Ponoka, Alberta followed by another one a day later,  40 miles south in Airdrie. Over in  Super Natural British Columbia, the legendary Williams Lake Stampede is set to launch its 89th Edition as well on Friday afternoon.

The Ponoka Stampede since 1936 is a continuing statement of our Western Heritage.  It has grown from 3,000 rodeo fans to one of the Top 10 rodeos in the world featuring Chuckwagon races, concerts, parades, midway and of course, all of the traditional rodeo events. The best cowboys and cowgirls in North America travel to the Ponoka Stampede to compete on the finest rodeo stock for over a half a million dollars in prize money. 

The Ponoka Stampede is more than just a rodeo, it's a seventy-eight year old tradition that continues to endure, becoming a bigger and better show. The Stampede is the largest rodeo sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and attracts the top cowboys from across North America. Rodeo Performances are held each afternoon at 1pm and World Championship Chuckwagon Races run each night at 6:30pm, June 26th through July 1st. Thrilling Championship Rodeo & Chuckwagon Finals are held starting at 6:30pm on July 1st.

You can connect with Ponoka Stampede on Facebook & Twitter and visit their web site for more info at

World and Canadian champions are part of our consistently high number of contestant entries at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo. In 2010, we had more cowboys and cowgirls than at any other Canadian Professional Rodeo Association event.  They  are proud to be in the top 10 professional rodeos by payout, in Canada. Airdrie has had an annual rodeo since 1967.

This year the Airdrie Pro Rodeo runs June 26th through July 1st with performances beginning at 6pm and at 2pm on Canada Day.

The Airdrie Pro Rodeo is just a short 20 minute drive from Calgary and has more than 10,000 spectators coming through their gates over five days of rodeo action Visit them at Facebook & Twitter and on the web at

Every year, during the Canada Day July 1st long weekend, Williams Lake, BC, rolls out the welcome mat! Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy several days of Canadian Professional Rodeo Association action at the Williams Lake Stampede. We’ve got all the of the top cowboys – international competitors from Canada and the United States.

Join them for 5 Rodeo performances from June 26th-29th, 2015

  • 2 performances on Friday
  • 1 performance on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

The Williams Lake Stampede features the premier rodeo events; Bull Riding, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, Barrel Racing, and more. And of course, our signature Mountain Race.

Download the complete 2015 Stampede Events Schedule

Come and join the fun! Experience an authentic and historic rodeo at the heart of a community family event – the World Famous Williams Lake Stampede!

Look for Cowboy Christmas...Red White & Blue Style tomorrow here in the Cowboy Courier. Your Connection to the Western Community.