Cowboys and Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede

Trip Start Jul 05, 2011
Trip End Sep 16, 2011

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Saturday, July 16, 2011


 After the houseboat we drove down to Calgary. We stayed in a cowboy hotel.
The second day we were in Calgary we went to a stampede.To get to the stampede we had to go on a train which was on the road. The stampede(which is a huge rodeo event) was AMAZING first we saw ....................... which is where a cowboy jumps on a  calf and trys to tie it up as fast as he can. 

The next event was  bare back riding which was where a wild horse was let into the ring with a cowboy on it and the cowboy had to stay on for 8 seconds.




Then came the cowgirls!!! with the barrel racing.The cowgirls had to go round 3 spread out barrels as fast as they could the winning time was 17.21 seconds.


 After the cowgirls we saw the bull riding this was probably  the best bit! again the cowboy on the bull had to try and stay on the bull for 8 seconds.Each winner of the event got a $100,000 check.



At the end of the morning rodeo we went on some rides one of them was so scary it went upside down and sometimes it stopped upside down. Another ride was where you had to lie down.We went on some others which where also fun and scary.

In the evening show we saw some chuck wagon racing,each chuck wagon had 4 horses pulling it and one man steering.After the racing we saw a BIG show with fireworks  and balls of fire.We got back to the hotel very late and all of us got to sleep very quickly.



By Millie
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The Holmes on

Millie and Oliver we are loving your blog and all your news (tell your daddy it has been too long since the last one!!) Liking the cowboy in the cowgirl boots photo (Mrs Rossner where are your cowboy photos). Molly and George are missing you both loads - Millie - Molly is really missing you - are you free for Skyping tomorrow around 7pm our time before we go to Menorca. Lol the Holmesxxxx

Jeremy Starling on

You are having a such a good time, can I come and join you on your trip!

Marielle, Alistair & Izzy on

Wow! Millie, you look like a proper cowgirl with your hair like that and your cool hat. Oliver, I bet you really really wanted to join in..hang on..are you sure that isn't you in the black hat in the 'bareback event' photo?!

We also loved the blog about whale watching and were pleased to hear that even a top notch wildlife photographer like Daddy just missed the whales loads of times before finally getting 'the shot'.

PS Sorry I'm not on the loo while writing this-tell Daddy to check his spelling on the email link!!!!

The Botts on

Dear Oliver and Millie

It looks and reads like yu are having a top time. Was that Daddy i saw falling off a horse? I particualrly love the picture of your hats, I think they will look great strolling down Sheen Hight st. do you have boots to match.

We were all particularly jealous of the photos of your trip on the lake, that boat looked COOL! Holly & Hazel would have loved it. I think we will have to go on that one day. I particularly loved the floating shop. did Mummy and daddy stock up on wine and beer there. I reckon it would have had a load of sweeties too.

Keep up the writing. Who is doing most of it? Are you writing it on daddy's fancy ipad? Holly and hazel will be very generous. anyway keep it up, we love hearing all your stories.

Lots of love
Andrew, Annette, Holly, Hazel

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