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 2019
Recurring schools, practice pens and clinics.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Wednesdays – Rimbey, Alberta: Roughstock practice at the Rimbey Ag arena every Wednesday night at 6pm. Go to the Rimbey Roughstock Practice Facebook page for updates on who brings stock.
Multiple dates – Barrhead, Alberta: Events – team roping. Instructed by David Schmidt at the Schmidt Arena. Cost is $80 and includes lunch. Courses start at 10am and are expected to conclude by 4pm. Limited to 15 ropers. To register call or text David at 780-305-9702.
Schools and clinics
February 8th to 10th – Vermillion, Alberta: Events – bull riding, bullfighting. Scott Schiffner, Jesse Torkelson Johansen Brothers, Scott Byrne and Monty Phillips 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 call Sharon at 780-853-8595.
February 22nd to 24th – Maskwacis, Alberta: Events – bull riding, bullfighting. INstructed by 2006 Canadian CHampion Bull Rider Tanner Girletz and ten-time Calgary Stampede bullfighter Scott Waye at the Panee Memorial Agriplex. Tuition is $600 with a deposit of $300 due at registration. To register call 403-896-7604.
March 15th to 17th – Esterhazy, Saskatchewan: Events – steer riding, bull riding, bullfighting. Three event school taught by two-time PBR Canada Champion Zane Lambert, three-time PBR Canada Champion Aaron Roy and CFR/PBR Canada Finals bullfighter Brett Monea. Instructed at the Rocky Bar Arena with lunch, video replay, a sport psychologist, proper stretching and workouts, and unlimited stock included. Tuition is $500 for all disciplines with a $200 deposit due in February. Contact David Sandilands to register at 306-745-8300 or by email at email@example.com
April 5th and 6th – Brooks, Alberta: Events: saddle bronc, bareback. Instructors are Canadian Champions Jake Vold and Rylan Geiger. Tuition is $250 and school is held at the Silver Sage Community Corral. Contact Kristen Geiger at firstname.lastname@example.org to register, $150 deposit, first in, first enrolled.
April 19th to 21st – Olds, Alberta: Events – steer riding. The 44th edition of the Johansen Brothers and Scott Schiffner Steer Riding School. Tuition is $300 and only 33 students will be admitted based on the first $100 deposits received. To register call Bruce Johansen at 403-934-5629.
May Long Weekend – Barrhead, Alberta: Event – team roping. Top notch Team Roping clinic with Wrangler NFR qualifier Kolton Schmidt. This clinic is free of tuition. Apply by email to email@example.com, must be 18 or under. School presented by Smarty.