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Calgary Stampede Day 7: Recap, horse put down, and what’s up for the final weekend

Attendance-wise, the Calgary Stampede took a little bit of a breather, but it’s the final weekend and the weather’s looking spectacular.

There were 93,210 who took to the tarmac at the Calgary Stampede Thursday, but it was a hot one and that could have kept some people away.  Attendance so far at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is 855,620.

Thursday saw the stock dog competition, where the canine showed their skills in working on the farm. The CPS Canine dogs were also out on the grounds, shooting photos for their annual CPS Canine Unit Calendar, which raises money for the Calgary Police Youth Foundation.

Yesterday also marked the first horse death in this year’s Cowboys Rangeland Derby.

According to Stampede officials, a chuckwagon horse on Cody Ridsdale’s team suffered an injury in heat 4.  Medical care was dispatched immediately, the Stampede said.

Following a veterinary assessment, the owner made the decision to euthanize the horse.

Chad Fike turned in the fastest time of the day on the track, which was his third time, and now he sits fifth in the overall times. (Full results here.)

The rodeo (Photos below) is rolling through Pool B and into the Championship weekend (results here).

What’s up this weekend?

First off, it’s your final chance to catch the chuckwagons and the nightly Grandstand Show. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you better get on it.

It’s also your last weekend to test your taste buds with the Stampede Midway foods.

Coming up Friday is the National Miniature Horse Show – which begins at 11 a.m. at the Nutrien Western Event Centre.  On Saturday, you can catch the Team Cattle Penning and the Light Horse Demo.

On Sunday, you can catch the international youth livestock show at the Nutrien Western Event Centre at noon. At the Elbow River Camp, you can watch the closing ceremonies for this year’s Calgary Stampede starting at 6 p.m.

The entertainment ramps up over the weekend as well, with the Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Wolf Parade and Cold War Kids all coming up Friday on the Coca-Cola Stage.

On Saturday at the Coke stage, you can catch Kaskade. On Sunday, bring your dancing shoes as things wrap up with Alessia Cara.

Nashville North has Steven Lee Olsen Friday night, Jade Eagleson on Saturday and Tyler Joe Miller to finish the 10 days off in style.

Rodeo photos – Day 7