Persistence, resilience and a dream – the 2020 Parade Marshal, a Stampede story 8 years in the making

Calgary – Yes, we’ve been bucked off, so to speak, for Stam- pede 2020. But we’re determined to get back in the saddle and con- tinue the ride. We’d also like to encourage our community to cel- ebrate with us, even without this year’s event in July. Over the

next month we are excited to share Stampede stories and expe- riences with our community. In the absence of the parade,

but in the spirit of celebration, we’d like to begin by sharing the story of the man who would have led the way. Eight years ago Fil-

ipe Masetti Leite saddled up and set off from the Stampede on a remarkable adventure, and on July 3, 2020, his journey will be complete. “The choice of Filipe

Masetti Leite for the Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal has

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been many years in the making and was finalized long before our world changed this spring,” says Dana Peers, President & Chair- man of the Stampede Board. “He is proof Stampede Parade Mar- shals don’t just lead a parade; they exemplify western heritage, values and culture.” In 2012, at the Calgary

Stampede’s Centennial celebra- tion, Masetti Leite swung into the saddle and began chasing an ex- traordinary dream passed down from his father and inspired by the legendary long-riders of the past. He embarked on a 12 coun- try, 25,000 km journey on horse- back across North and South America, through some of the most beautiful and most chal- lenging country on Earth. From his adopted country of Canada, Masetti Leite made his way to his native Brazil, then on to the very tip of South America, Ushuaia, Argentina. To complete the journey and

achieve his long-time goal, last year he once again set off on horseback from Alaska with the goal of returning to Calgary in

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time for the Stampede. After pausing for the winter months and the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Filipe Masetti Leite is now riding his final 800 km along remote roads, headed to Calgary. “I’m finishing where I

started. It’s a dream,” says Masetti Leite, adding, “To be named the Calgary Stampede Pa- rade Marshal is the biggest hon- our of my life. I can’t wait to ride into Calgary on July 3, even if no one is watching.” Masetti Leite is dedicating

this remaining part of his ride to healthcare providers around the world who have worked tire- lessly during this global health crisis. It is a sentiment echoed by Peers. “We want the community to

know we have heard their calls to recognize the extraordinary ef- forts of health care professionals, first responders and essential workers who are all selflessly supporting our


through this pandemic. We wholeheartedly agree and will provide appropriate recognition when we can gather once again.” In the mean-

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Kelly Lehman 895893 Oxford Rd. 3,, Drumbo, ON N0J 1G0 C: (519) 807-2660. E:

Website: Celebrating 67 Years! Jr. Judges

Anne Marinacci 65 Swayze Court, Smithville, ON L0R 2A0 905-957-5619

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Mike Tucker 1581 Maple St. N., R.R. #4, Fenwick, ON L0S 1C0 (905) 892-5610, Cell (905) 984-1581

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time, as we draw closer to July, we in- vite our community to experience the final chapter of this remarkable story of western culture, re- siliency and com-

munity spirit. Keep your hats on! V

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t to watch the video of Filipe Masetti Leite’s journey to the 2020 Cal- gary Stampede. You can also follow Filipe

Masetti Leite’s journey on social media @FilipeMasetti and find more video and information about his travels through the Americas on Outwild TV’s Jour- Read about the first leg of

Filipe Masetti Leite’s journey in his book Long Ride Home: Guts and Guns and Grizzlies, 800 Days Through the Americas in a Saddle, with his e-book available on

About the Calgary Stampede The Calgary Stampede cel-

ebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the qual- ity of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world- renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and sev- eral youth and agriculture pro- grams. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for- profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stam- pede programs and facilities.

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