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.

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Rodeo schools in Canada for 2018

Recurring schools, practice pens and clinics. 

Multiple dates – Barrhead, Alberta: Events – team roping. Instructed by David Schmidt 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.

Tuesdays – Olds, Alberta: Roughstock practice at Olds College in Olds, AB – Tuesday nights all winter. Contact Olds College Roughstock Coach Tanner Girletz for details at

Wednesdays – Vermillion, Alberta: Roughstock practice at Lakeland College in Vermillion, AB – Wednesday nights all winter. Contact Josh Haberle at 780-385-8808 for more information.

Schools and clinics

February 23rd to 25th – Vermillion, Alberta: Events – bull riding, bullfighting. Scott Schiffner, Johansen Brothers and Scott Byrne bull riding and bullfighting 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!” Tuition is $400, the first paid are the first in. To register contact Sharon at 780-853-8595.

March 17th and 18th – Esterhazy, Saskatchewan: Events – steer riding, bull riding, bullfighting. Three event school taught by two-time and current PBR Canada Champion Zane Lambert, Canadian Champion Brett Thompson and CFR/PBR Canada Finals bullfighter Brett Monea. Instructed at the Rocky Bar Arena with lunch, video replay and unlimited stock included. Tuition is $450 for all disciplines with a $200 deposit due by March 1st. Contact David Sandilands to register at 306-745-8300

March 23rd to 25th – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan: Events – bareback, saddle bronc. The 2nd Annual Prince Albert  Bronc School. Whether you only ever had a dream of riding bucking horses, you have been on hundreds of horses, or anywhere in between, this is the school for you. We are going how to teach you how to do it safe and right. Giving you fundamentals and the mind set to go out and chase your dreams or to keep going down the trail. Held at 4’s Arena- Prince Albert, Saskatchewan instructed by Clayton Strutt and Josh Harden with professional pick-up men Wade Rempel and Travis Erickson. Stock is provided by the Outlaw Buckers. Cost is $420 which includes lunch on Saturday, step-by-step instruction, unlimited seasoned stock for all levels, video replay, stickers for your vest, and a buckle that is awarded to the most improved/dedicated of the the school. A $220 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot is due by March 5th. For any further inquiries or to register call Noah at 306-314-8847.

March 30th to April 1 – Olds, Alberta: Events – steer riding. The 41st edition of the Johansen Brothers and Scott Schiffner Steer Riding School. To register call Bruce Johansen at 403-325-0502 or Don Johansen at 403-651-2014

March 30th to April 1st – Fort St. John, British Columbia: Events – steer wrestling. Third annual steer wrestling school instructed by Clayton Moore and Stephen Culling. Tuition is $350 for bulldoggers and $200 for chute-doggers. Lunch is provided. Call 250-261-2157 to reserve a spot.

April 13th to 15th – Brooks, Alberta: Events: saddle bronc, bareback. Instructors are Canadian Champions Jake Vold and Rylan Geiger. Tuition is $350 and school is held at the Silver Sage Community Corral. Contact to register, $200 deposit, first in, first enrolled due by March 1st.

May 1st and 2nd – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan: Events – bull riding, bullfighting. Byrne Bull Riding and Bullfighting school at the Max Clunie Coliseum. Instructors are the 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 4th to 6th – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: Events – bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Moose Jaw Exhibition Roughstock School, Bill Gomersall arena. Saddle bronc and bareback, all horses chute broke, no wildees, no tryouts. Instructors are Lee Sinclair, Don Gillespie, Dwight Dokken, Ross Smith. Because instructors, contractors and chute help are volunteers, we have been able to keep the tuition at $250. Pickup men are Wade Rempel, Dwight Dokken, and Luke Ellingson. Any questions, or to register, contact Lee Bellows on Facebook or by phone at 306-693-7533.



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