Canada’s unofficial horse capital will host its first professional rodeo event on Labor Day weekend, Saturday-Monday, September 3-5.
Fans of the Cloverdale Rodeo, who have been absent for the past three years, will be delighted to hear that Langley has introduced the Valley West Stampede featuring bareback riding, ladies barrel racing, saddle bronc riding and bull riding.
Each event is fully sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) and features $20,000 in prizes.
After four major events, the stampede concludes with mutton mashing for the children. It also includes several activities and attractions dotted around the grounds, such as the Langley 4-H exhibit and Cowboy’s Breakfast.
Held at the Langley Riders Society grounds on 208th Street, the event can accommodate 2,000 spectators each day, said Sheila Hicks, president of the Valley West Stampede.
“We keep it relatively small to do really well,” Hicks said.
Organizers hope this won’t be a one-off event, but the start of a new chapter in the Langley rodeo scene.
“This will lay the groundwork for an annual event that will not only bring in visitors and competitors, but build tourism across the region,” she elaborated.
“We are not trying to replace the Cloverdale Rodeo in any way. .”
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Indigenous involvement is a key element of the new Stampede, Hicks said.
“Members of the Kwantlen First Nation and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers will not only help with the opening ceremony, but will perform throughout the event.”
The event is also led by Klahoose First Nation member James Delorme, Vice President, who stressed the importance of getting this stampede right.
“It’s very important to do this the right way. It’s about entertainment, unity, solidarity, but it’s also about caring for animals. It’s about being together to do good,” Delorme said. rice field.
There were no protesters at Wednesday’s press conference, but members of the Vancouver Human Society, BC SPCA and other animal rights groups have publicly voiced their displeasure with the upcoming Langley rodeo.
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General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. There will also be a separate ticket dinner on Friday night to raise funds for the Langley Riders Society and his 4-H activities locally.
Ticket information is www.valleywest.ventures.
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