This list has been updated as of December 14th, 2016. 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 in 2016
February 5th to 7th, 2016 – Olds, AB: Third Annual Saddle Bronc and Bareback Riding School at Olds College. Instructors: Jake Vold – 2014/2015 Canadian Bareback Riding Champion and NFR Qualifier, Rylan Geiger – 2013 Canadian Saddle Bronc Riding Champion – as well as many other great instructors with experience. A wide range of horses for both beginners and experienced riders.
Tuition is $400. A $200 deposit is due upon registration and the remaining $200 is due when you arrive. If you would like more information contact Kirby Black at (403)352-5608 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 2016 – Saskatoon, SK: PBR and ABBI Judging Clinic. If you wish to judge any ABBI events this coming season this course is required. If you have not judged in the PBR and would like to in 2016 this course is a requirement. Contact Ryan Byrne for information at email@example.com
February 12th to 14th, 2016 – Vermillion, AB: Johansen Brothers and Scott Schiffner bull riding school at Lakeland College with Scott Byrne bullfighting school. Tuition is $425, stock for all levels of rider is to be provided from the Wild Hoggs, Ellie Skori, the Calgary Stampede and more. Call Sharon Reiter at 780-853-8595 to register.
February 26th to 28th, 2016 – Stettler, AB: Tanner Girletz & Scott Waye bull riding and bull fighting school at the Stettler Ag Centre. Tuition is $600, deposit is $300. Stock provided includes everywhere from mini bulls to the rank ones. Something for students of all skill levels. For more information contact Houston Stuart by phone at 403-896-7604 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 12th and 13th, 2016 – Eyebrow, SK: Scott Sigfusson tie-down and breakaway roping clinic at Twin Curves Ranch indoor arena north of Eyebrow, SK. Tuition is $500 with a deposit of $200 due by February 22nd. All levels welcome, limited to 10 participants. Contact Scott Sigfusson for details and more at email@example.com
March 19th and 20th, 2016 – Esterhazy, SK: Bull riding, steer riding and bullfighting school at Rocky Bar Arena taught by Brett Thompson, Tanner Girletz and David Sandilands. A variety of stock is provided and video replays are to be utilized. The cost is $425 and a non-refundable deposit of $200 is due by March 1st. Contact David Sandilands for more information at 306-745-8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 26th and 27th, 2016 – Eyebrow, SK: Scott Sigfusson steer wrestling and hazing clinic at Twin Curves Ranch indoor arena north of Eyebrow, SK. All levels are welcome, participants without a horse are also welcome. Lunch and supper each night provided or participants. Camping is welcome at the location of the arena. Horse stalls at the arena are available for $20/night and some outdoor pens available as well. Tuition is $450 with a deposit of $200 due by March 4th. Contact Scott Sigfusson for details and more at email@example.com
April 7th to 10th, 2016 – Delburne, AB: Gary Leffew and Aaron Ferguson are back to host a bull riding and bullfighting school in central Alberta. Gary is bull riding’s leading coach of all time and Aaron just worked his second Wrangler NFR this past December. Ferguson also started Bullfighters Only (BFO) in 2015. Cost of the school for either side is $600 for the four days. An added feature for the public is the Delburne Hillbilly Stomp PBR on Friday April 8th. To register, or for more information, students can contact Jason Holst at 403-505-0742 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 15th and 16th, 2016 – Delburne, AB: Winston Bruce and Matt Lait saddle bronc and bareback school. Cost is $300. Contact Melissa Burton for more information or to register by phone at 403 556 9890 or by email at email@example.com.
May 3rd and 4th, 2016 – Prince Albert, SK: Luke Snyder and Jesse Byrne bull riding and bull fighting school at the Max Clunie Coliseum in Prince Albert. For more information visit the Facebook page by clicking or tapping the image below. Contact Ryan Byrne for details or to register at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 6th to 8th, 2016 – Moose Jaw, SK: 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.
May 27th to 29th, 2016 – Cremona, AB: Brown’s steer riding school in Cremona, AB instructed by Greg Whitlow and Guy Johansen. Tuition is $300. To register call Jill Brown at 403-335-3372 or Greg Whitlow at 403-921-4574
November 4th and 6th, 2016 – Claresholm, AB: Small Spurs Rodeo presents their 2016 steer riding clinic with instructors Scott Schiffner, Ty Elliott, Tanner Girletz, Kynan Vine and Jordan Hansen at the Claresholm Agriplex. Starting at 8:00am daily, lunch is provided and parents are encouraged to attend. Stock is provided from everyone from beginner to pro level. Tuition is $100 daily or $150 for both days with a $50 deposit due November 1st to Small Spurs rodeo Box 1563 Nanton, AB T0L 1R0. Students are also welcome to enter the November 5th Small Spurs Rodeo. For more information contact Ty or Haley Elliott.
November 4th to 6th, 2016 – Vermillion, AB: Lakeland College saddle bronc and bareback riding school at the Lakeland College Equine Centre taught by Orin Larsen, Chuck Schmidt, Lane Cust, Dusty Hausauer and Rhett Fitzpatrick. Stock is supplied by Dale Woodward, C5 Rodeo, Randi Delarue, Eddy Schrader and the Calgary Stampede. Tuition is $300, to register contact Dale Woodward at 780-842-9535 or Katelyn Ellis at 780-581-5421
November 22nd to December 13th, 2016 (Once weekly) Olds, AB: Brett Monea and Kynan Vine’s Bullfighting 101 presented by the Olds College Rodeo Club. This first of it’s kind course will cover multiple units and offer an in depth look at the fundamentals of bullfighting. Course material will include: fitness, health, rodeo business, mental preparation, live arena bullfighting and more. The course is held weekly in conjunction with Olds College practice nights with opportunity to fight some of Canada’s best bulls. Tuition is $500 with a deposit of $250 due upon registration. Contact: Jason Page – Olds College Rodeo Coach at email@example.com or 780-402-0516. Limited to five students per semester.
November 26th, 2016 – Barrhead, AB: David Schmidt will be hosting some team roping clinics again this year. Registration is $80 which includes lunch. For more information or to register contact David at 780-305-9702. Stay tuned for more dates in January, February, and March.
November 27th, 2016 – Claresholm, AB: Small Spurs Goat Tying Clinic at the Claresholm Agriplex. Part of the November 26th Small Spurs Rodeo, all skill levels are welcome. Tuition is $100, limited spots are available. To register contact Haley Elliott by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Small Spurs Rodeo page on Facebook.
December 10th and 11th, 2016 – Rimbey, AB: Tie-down roping school with Dean Edge and Al Bouchard at the Rimbey Agrim Centre. Edge is a ten-time CFR qualifier, Bouchard has qualified 16 times earning the Canadian Championship in 2009. Tuition is $500 plus stalls If required. A $200 deposit is asked to be sent to the Rimbey Ag Society register for the clinic. For more information contact Dean at 403 704-0280 or Al at 403 501-8548.