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 2020

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 tgirletz@gmail.com

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 for 2020

February 16th and 17th, 2020 – Rimbey, Alberta: Events – breakaway and tie down roping. Instructor is Canadian Champion Darren Zieffle, taking on 12 tie down and 10 breakaway students. Tuition is $400 for tie down and $350 for breakaway, with a $200 dollar deposit due upon registration. Contact the Rimbey Ag Society for more info @ 403-740-9283.

March 7th and 8th, 2020 – Rimbey, Alberta: Event – barrel racing. Instructor is CFR and Calgary Stampede qualifier Dian Skocdopole, only accepting 12 students with overnight stalls available. Tuition is $400 with a $200 deposit due upon registration. For more info and to register contact the Rimbey Ag Society @ 403-740-9283.

March 8th and/or April 4th, 2020 – Red Deer, Alberta: Event – barrel racing. Marci Powell day clinics, Marci is a WPRCA and CPRA gold member and is only accepting 10 students per day. Tuition is $100 per day with a $50 deposit due upon registration. Contact Pam @ 403-357-9761 to register or for more information.

March 20th to 22nd, 2020 – 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, with a $250 deposit due by March 6th, 2020. The first paid are the first in, to register call or email Ashley @ 780-853-8642 or 780-581-5421 and ashley.watt@lakelandcollege.ca.

April 3rd to 5th, 2020 – Pouce Coupe, British Columbia: Event- steer wrestling. Clayton Moore steer wrestling school, tuition is $350 for steer wrestling (horses available) and $250 for chute dogging. $150 deposit due, contact 250-219-0254 to register.

April 4th and 5th, 2020 – Fort Qu’appelle, Saskatchewan: Events: bareback, saddle bronc. 4th Annual Suchorab Bronc School. Instructors are CFR and NFR qualifier Clay Elliott and Canadian Champion Matt Last, stock provided by Outlaw Buckers. Tuition is $425 with a $223 deposit due by March 30th, 2020, for further information and to register contact Noah @ 1-306-314-8847.

April 10th to 12th, 2020 – Olds, Alberta: Events – steer riding. The 45th 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.

April 18th and 19th, 2020 – Pincher Creek, Alberta: Event: breakaway roping. Instructor CFR qualifier Randy Smith, all levels of ropers welcome. Tuition is $300 with $150 deposit due at registration. Contact 403-339-4399 to register or for more info.

May 2nd and 3rd, 2020 – Pincher Creek, Alberta: Event: liberty/horsemanship clinic. Niki Flundra liberty/horsemanship clinic, will focus on all aspects of horsemanship. Tuition is $375 with a $175 deposit due at registration. For more info or to register contact nikiflundra@gmail.com.

May 5th and 6th, 2020 – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan: Event: bull riding, bull fitting. Byrne brothers bull riding and bull fighting school, instructors are PBR World Finals qualifier Tanner Byrne and PBR Unleash the Beast Tour bull fighter Jesse Byrne. Contact Ryan at 306-764-8162 or by email at ryanbyrne00@gmail.com to register.

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