Calgary Stampede – By Sandy McBride

Back in the 1950’s Tom and I and a lot of our friends belonged to a riding club that did the gymkhana circuit all around the area of Saratoga, Washington, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties.  We all fancied ourselves pretty cool dudes, racing our horses in arenas in such fun events as the stake race, pony express, rescue race and spear-ring.  I like to think we were among the forerunners of today’s highly competitive barrel racers, because barrel racing was a particularly favored event.

Being horsemen, we attended the occasional rodeo, loving the excitement of watching cowboys versus bucking broncos, wily steers and big bad bulls.

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