This list has been updated as of March 16th, 2017. Thanks to Rawhide Rodeo for the opening paragraph text.
CALGARY, Alberta — There are many different associations, schools and rodeos to attend throughout North America every year, however it can be frustrating trying to find out where to start. One of the first things that you should investigate, if your intent is to get involved with rodeo, is the availability of a quality rodeo school. These schools are taught by highly decorated rodeo cowboys who have enjoyed various levels of success in the sport already. These schools can help give you the advantage you need to become competitive in rodeo.
It will then become important to research various associations and rodeos in your area where you may be able to participate. Visit their contestant information pages, these pages will inform you on how to become a member of a recognized rodeo association along with some general information about the sport.
If you are still a high school student, one of the best ways to get involved in rodeo (and to make great friends!), is to join a high school rodeo association. The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) is made up of individual state and province high school rodeo associations. The NHSRA also has a Wrangler Junior Division for students in grades 6, 7 & 8. There is also the Little Britches Rodeo Association for youths aged 5 to 18. These associations allow you to compete for points and scholarship money and are a great way to gain experience before joining a professional association.
If you are putting on a school of any sort please contact me at Ted@Everything-Cowboy.com to have it added.
Rodeo schools in Canada for 2017
January 28th and 29th – Teepee Creek, AB: Rene and Corleen Leclerq Barrel Clinic at the Teepee Creek Ag Events Centre. For more information, contact Deanna Mitchell at 780-296-0050.
Multiple dates – Barrhead, AB: Events: team roping. Instructed by David Schmidt on February 11th and March 18th at the Schmidt Arena. Cost is $80 and includes lunch. Courses start at 11am and are expected to conclude by 4pm. Limited to 15 ropers. To register call or text David at 780-305-9702. With enough interest, a one day breakaway roping clinic may take place on April 2nd.
Tuesdays – Olds, AB: Roughstock practice at Olds College in Olds, AB – Tuesday nights all winter. Contact Olds College Rodeo Coach Jason Page for details at 403-507-7799 or BroncosRODEO@oldscollege.ca
Wednesdays – Vermillion, AB: Roughstock practice at Lakeland College in Vermillion, AB – Wednesday nights all winter. Contact Landon Schmidt at 780-977-4400 (bull riding), Josh Haberle at 780-385-8808 or Kolby Wanchuk at 780-686-3103 (bronc riding) for more information.
February 17th to 19th – Vermillion, AB: Events: bull riding, bullfighting. Scott Schiffner, Johansen Brothers and Scott Byrne bull riding and bull fighting school at Lakeland College. Unlimited Bulls for all levels, instant replay and one-on-one coaching. “If you have someone who wants to be a bull rider or bull fighter or you just need a tune up, sign up! A great Christmas present.” Tuition is $400, the first paid are the first in. To register contact Sharon at 780-853-8595.
March 3rd and 4th – Lethbridge, AB: Discipline: judging. ABBI and PBR Canada judging clinic in conjunction with the Lethbridge PBR at the Enmax Centre. This clinic is mandatory for all officials in order to judge 2017 PBR and ABBI events in Canada. This is a two day clinic starts at 2:00pm on Friday at the Best Western and is offered at no charge. Includes classroom instruction and shadow judging. To register, contact Ryan Byrne at 306-764-8162 or email@example.com
March 3rd to 5th – Maskwacis, AB: Events: bull riding, bullfighting. Instructions: Tanner Girletz, Scott Waye and Brett Monea at the Panee Memorial Agriplex. “This school covers positive thinking and attitude, proper dismounts, barrel work, video and classroom instruction, chute procedure, freestyle and cowboy protection. Bulls for all levels are provided.”Tuition $600 deposit of $300, full tuition due two weeks prior. For more information call 403-896-7604 or email Houston@rodeoclown.ca
March 4th and 5th, – Prince Albert, SK: Events: bareback, saddle bronc. Instructors: Jim Berry, Todd Herzog, Clayton Strutt with pick-up men Wade Rempel and Lee Trach. Stock – Outlaw Buckers. Venue: Red River Roping and Riding Club. “Whether you have only ever thought of doing it, or you have been on a bunch, this is the perfect school for you. Learn the proper mindset to have and how to ride safe and right. Instructors and pick up men are some of the best Canada has to offer. All seasoned stock!” Tuition is $320 for the weekend with a $160 non-refundable deposit made by February 4th. Contact Noah at 306-314-8847 to sign up.
March 24th and 25th – Teepee Creek, AB: Events: saddle bronc, bareback. Instructors are NFR bronc rider Jake Watson and Dave Shields Sr at the new Teepee Creek Ag Events Centre. Fees are $400 per student with a deposit required by Jan 15, 2017 of $200. Contact Sorkenrodeo@yahoo.ca for registration.
April 7th to 9th – Olds, AB: Events: saddle bronc, bareback. Instructors are Canadian Champions Jake Vold and Rylan Geiger, tuition of $350. “If there are interested youngsters that would like to learn from the best in the business, but they’re not big enough or strong enough for horses yet, a reduced rate of $250 is offered. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register, $200 deposit, first in, first enrolled.
April 21st and 22nd – Delburne, AB: Events: saddle bronc, bareback. Instructors are World Champion Winston Bruce and Canadian Champion Matt Lait. Tuition is $300. Contact Melissa Burton for more information or to register at 403-556-9890 or email@example.com
April 29th and 30th – Fort Qu’Appelle, SK: Events: steer riding. The 28th Claypool Jr. Steer Riding School at the Clearview Arena near Fort Qu’Appelle. Dale Claypool will be taking registrations starting Feb 1st. Price this year is held at $250.00. Instructors are once again Dale and Shylo Claypool, Blair Hanson and Chris Johnson. The bullfighter will be Dean Glencross. Because of stock limitations we are again taking the first 25 kids with $100 deposits. E-Mail entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org Address is: Dale Claypool Box 33B, RR#2 Regina,Sask S4P 2Z2 Cell: 306-529-9391
May 2nd and 3rd – Prince Albert, SK: Events: bull riding, bullfighting. Byrne Bull Riding and Bull Fighting school at the Max Clunie Coliseum. “Instructors are the infamous three Byrne Brothers: Bo, Jesse and Tanner with help of the Legend Ryan Byrne and three-time Canadian Champion Chad Besplug. Call 306-764-8162 for registration.
May 5th to 7th – St-Tite, Quebec: Events: bull riding. Contact for registration: Sylvain- 514-865-2493
May 13th and 14th – Erin, Ontario: Events: bull riding. Contact Brandon Moore at 519-802-7666 for registration.
May 26th and 27th – Hillsburgh, Ontario: Events: steer wrestling. $200 for 2 Days ($100 deposit to hold spot taking 15 people) lunch both days and dinner saturday night. Feel free to bring trailers or tents to sleep in and there are hotels within 20 minutes of the farm. To book your spot contact Matt Mousseau at 519-319-2607