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Ponderosa Ridge Ranch puts Princeton on the map at Calgary Stampede

Gypsy Cob horses made a big hit at world's largest outdoor rodeo

Princeton's Ponderosa Ridge Ranch had the unique experience of participating in the Calgary Stampede earlier this month.

Ponderosa is a noted breeder of Gypsy Cob horses, and took five animals to Alberta, along with meeting up with a sixth Gypsy for their entry into the annual parade.

“What an experience, one for the books,” Aimee Beauchamp told the Spotlight.   

We were invited the last few years but unfortunately, due to foaling, we were unable to attend. So this year I planned we are going...We represented the breed and had so many people stop to ask about us and take pictures. Members of Parliament and celebrities. It was pretty neat.”

Ponderosa Ridge had one of 700 entries in the parade, which was enjoyed by 350,000 people.

The trip required intensive labour and organization.

For the week prior there was so much bathing,” she laughed. “(There was) prep for outfits, organizing stalls and entries.”

The ranch team left Princeton at 3 a.m., and on 2 a.m. of parade day team members were up rewashing spots and ensuring everything was perfect.

We had polished all the tack prior and covered everything to try to keep it clean. We got everyone looking their best and ourselves dressed.”

Beauchamp said the best part of the trip was being able to treat her coworkers to the event.

Seeing the smiles on their faces, and how elated, it made them was worth all the effort.”

The Calgary Stampede runs from July 5 to 14, and attendance is expected to see at at least one million people.

It is the largest outdoor rodeo in the world, but also features chart-topping music artists in concert, Indigenous ceremonies, a midway, and many other attractions.


Andrea DeMeer

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