Dusted off the ol’ stetson and my cowboy boots that were left lying around since visiting the Calgary Stampede back in 2006, and headed on out to the burbs of Vancouver, to the Stampede’s “little brother” of events – the Cloverdale Rodeo.
Spanning this Victoria Day (May 2-4) long weekend, The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is a wildly popular Vancouver tradition that dates back some 122 years. Featuring shows, rides and exhibits to entertain every member of the family, the centerpiece of the whole shebang is a world-class, invitational rodeo consisting of:
- Bareback Riding
- Ladies Barrel Racing
- Clown Acts
- Saddle Bronc Riding
- Mutton Bustin
- Bull Riding
More than ably supported by the wild nightlife provided at the world-famous “Longhorn Saloon”, the whole afternoon spent at the grounds was a hell of a lot of fun.
My only gripe? That pitiful, horse-piss excuse for a beer, Budweiser, was the glaringly obvious beverage sponsor of the Rodeo and as such had exclusive rights when it came to beer selection. That’s right, you could have Budweiser or Budweiser. EPIC FAIL!
The big money finals of all the main events are on tomorrow (Monday) at 2pm so if you’re at a loose end for the public holiday, get on down and check out the action. Here’s a taste of what you’re likely to see:
Ladies Barrel Racing
Saddle Bronc Riding