Photo Essay

The Calgary Stampede

You've Seen Who's On Top...Now See What's Below!

This photo essay was shot for MVP Magazine in 1987. It ran as a six page spread.

You could say that The Calgary Stampede is to rodeo as The Indianapolis 500 is to Indycar racing. They are the highlights of their comparable circuits, which each include many events but none with the history and hype of these. The Calgary Stampede is a ten day event that attracts over a million visitors per year.

The event's roots go back to 1886 and became an annual event in 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

The Stampede is one of Canada's largest festivals and a major tourist attraction to the city. However, there has been increasing international criticism by animal welfare groups and politicians concerned about particular events as well as animial rights organizations seeking to ban rodeo in general. To be fair, it is also worth mentioning that the SPCA is ever present at all rodeo events.

11 responses

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (27 Apr 2013):

    Nominated, should be Story of the Week!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (28 Apr 2013):

    Congrats James!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (29 Apr 2013):

    wonderful and congrats on story of the week - so well deserved!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (29 Apr 2013):

    Congrats on story of the week, James!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (29 Apr 2013):

    Congrats on story of the week, James. So well deserved.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (30 Apr 2013):

    Congrats, James!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (30 Apr 2013):

    Congratulations on Story of the Week - well deserved!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (30 Apr 2013):

    Congratulations James .....Well done and well deserved!

  • Geoff Plant

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  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (3 May 2013):

    Congrats James!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (3 May 2013):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

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