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Farewell to Joe Carbury, the voice of the Calgary Stampede

Today, the Calgary Stampede Family mourns the loss of a legend. We are saying goodbye to the man behind the distinctive – even iconic – “Annnnd they’re off” that boomed loudly through the Grandstand speakers for an incredible 45 years. Joe Carbury’s unique delivery as the announcer of the Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races made him not just the voice of the Calgary Stampede, but for many, the voice of Calgary. And it was more than his voice that made an impact in our community. “Joe had a special connection with people. He was not only close with those he worked with, but also industry people, chuckwagon drivers and their families. He could tell you the names of their kids and grandkids,” said the Stampede’s Keith Marrington, a co-worker and personal friend of Carbury’s for many years. The youngest of six children, Joe was born on April 4, 1926 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  When he was 18, he joined the Navy and went overseas to Liverpool, England during the last two years of the war. After leaving the navy in 1948, he began his broadcasting career at CHAT radio station in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where he worked as a play-by-play announcer for […]

Three Classes Compete on Friday at Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity

Written by Ted Stovin CALGARY, Alberta – Day 3 of the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler saw three divisions of competition including Round 2 in the Open Derby, Round 2 in the Open Classic / Challenge and Round 1 of the Non-Pro Classic / Challenge. Barba Rey, shown by Russell Elrod (Terrebonne, OR) and owned by Jess & Kathy Phifer (Forest Grove, OR) scored a 219 for $1,293.06 to win Round 2 in the Open Derby. Second went to RPL Cat N Around shown by Dustin Gonnet (Cayley, AB) and owned by Ronald Patton (Nanton, AB) scoring 218.5 for $907.89. Rounding out the top three was Hala Cat shown by Brad Petersen (Lacombe, AB) owned by Doreen Ruggles (Ardmore, AB) with a score of 218 for $550.24. Travis Rempel of Fort Langley, BC rides Yu Hottish to a score of 219 to split the win in Round 1 of the Open Futurity at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler at the Agirum Western Event Centre at Stampede Park on October 11, 2017. Photo by James Hudyma.  Round 2 of the Open Classic / Challenge was split four ways at 219 for $669.48 each. Placing […]