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Secrets of the Southwest 2013 Page 17 Stampede in the hills a popular event


Not much has changed about the Murraydale Stampede and Picnic in its 105 years, but that's part of the appeal to the riders and spectators. The stampede will once again be giving high-energy excitement and fun when it brings family and friends out to the grounds on July 14. It's a part of the community's heritage that cowboys


and cowgirls are very proud of,


according to Art Unsworth, an organizer and announcer for the annual event.


A 25-minute drive south- east of Maple Creek leads to a secluded area of the Cypress Hills where the event is held. The stampede began as a small district pic- nic in 1909, and is now the longest continuous running rodeo in Western Canada. While all the traditional


rodeo events are part of Murraydale Stampede, chil- dren also showcase their


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skills in the wild pony race. Children 11-14 years old can enter as a group of three. Dashing after a pony, one child will climb on the animal and ride it for two jumps to win. Unsworth said the event is a great way to get future rodeo stars involved in the sport.


"Those kids also can enter into the junior steer riding, and will ride the smaller of the roping steers," he explained. "Those are the smaller events that get kids started, and one of the great things about the his- tory of Murraydale is that this stampede traditional- ly, not by design, has been the beginning point for Calgary champions and Canadian champions. Rodeo champions across Canada have gotten on their first horse or bull at Murraydale."


So bring a lawn chair


and sunscreen and head out to the hills for a one-of- a-kind rodeo experience!


Murraydaleʼs 105th


Stampede and Picnic


Approximately 21 miles southeast of Maple Creek on the Bryson Trail


Sun., July 14 Starting at 1:00 p.m.


IMPROVED ARENA & GROUNDS


Saddle Bronc Riding Bareback Bronc Riding Bull Riding • Calf Roping Team Roping • Relay Race


Jr. & Oldtimers Team Roping • Jr. Calf Scramble Jr. Cow & Steer Riding Barrel Racing


SPONSORED BY: Annual


FOOD BOOTH


For more info., call 662-3366


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