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Kananaskis Pro Rodeo set to thrill spectators

Nicholas L. M. Allen photo

Nicholas L. M. Allen

Apr 24, 2024

Excitement is mounting as organizers put the finishing touches on what promises to be an action-packed event. 

With the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo just around the corner, excitement is mounting as organizers put the finishing touches on what promises to be an action-packed event. 

Joe Trotz, president of the Kananaskis Rodeo Association and recent recipient of the Committee Person of the Year award from the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, shared insights into the preparations and what attendees can expect from this year’s rodeo extravaganza.

“We’re pretty well set up for the rodeo,” Trotz remarked when asked about the preparations, “We’ve got all the dirt down, panels are up, and we’ve been working on some final touches. The prep has been really good.”

Trotz emphasized the continuity of the event compared to previous years, commenting that it is still the “same old show” as before.

He highlighted the impressive line-up of contestants across various events, with a notable increase in participants leading to the inclusion of a significant slack on Friday morning to accommodate everyone.

Reflecting on the setup process, Trotz mentioned, “It went fairly smooth. There are always some little glitches, but we always work them out.” 

Despite facing challenges such as snow and cold weather, the team persevered to ensure everything was in place for the rodeo. As for what he’s looking forward to the most, Trotz expressed his enthusiasm for the diverse range of events, from bronc riding to steer wrestling. 

“I’m a big fan of saddle bronc riding because it’s such a finesse sport,” he explained. 

He also highlighted the excitement surrounding the bull riding competition, with around 30 riders expected to showcase their skills.

Encouraging members of the community to attend, Trotz emphasized the exceptional entertainment value the rodeo offers. 

“I don’t think you’re going to get better bang for your buck,” he said.

Trotz said the two hours of non-stop action and the proximity to the thrilling events should be major draws for attendees.

With live music from the Hillside Outlaws adding to the festivities on Saturday night, Trotz urged attendees to arrive early, predicting a packed venue. Trotz extended a warm invitation to everyone to come out and support the rodeo. 

“Just get your boots on and come to the rodeo and have some fun,” Trotz said.

The Kananaskis Pro Rodeo is scheduled to take place from April 26 to 28 at the Crowsnest Sports Complex in Coleman. Don’t miss out on the excitement!

Visit for more information on the event, check ticket availability or inquire further.

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