Round up a heaping helping of fun and excitement on Manitoba's rodeo circuit, where herds of fans celebrate stampede season by making themselves right at home on the range.
Channeling the spirit of the pioneers, stampedes pay tribute to the daredevils of the Old West, showcasing the best in bull riding, bronco busting, and rompin' stompin' steer wrestling. Whether you're a first-time cowpoke or a dirt-under-the-nails diehard, you're sure to get your fill of thrills and spills. (And that's no bull!)
First out of the chute is the Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition, the province's only professional rodeo and one of the biggest in Canada. Held each summer in Morris, the event offers four days of top-level competition and draws some of the industry's biggest names. From bucking broncos and ornery steers to crafty calf-ropers and daring chuck-wagon riders, you'll be fully immersed in cowboy culture from start to finish.
Elsewhere in Manitoba, try to keep pace with the action-packed schedule set by the Manitoba Ranch Rodeo Association, whose members - working ranchers who promote traditional skills - schedule stampedes throughout the province all summer. Or support young cowpokes-in-training at one of the Heartland Rodeo Association's semi-pro events, family-friendly competitions that are the highlight of summer fairs across the province.