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Jul212012

JULY 2012 AND EVERY REASON TO CELEBRATE

Calf Roping at the Calgary Stampede

Calf Roping at the Calgary Stampede
(Photo : Catherine Hartley)

Golden Apple for Sean Tarry
to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

It's the one that we all want to win! No matter the prize, the Vodacom Durban July holds all the prestige. And when it is your first, the victory is the sweetest.

For Sean Tarry and Chris van Niekerk, the Vodacom Durban July 2012 marks a milestone in both of their training and owning careers.

Vuma is thrilled to have been part of Pomodoro's July win and our congratulations go to Sean, Chris and the team for pulling this one out of the bag!

Some of the Vuma team were sadly not on hand to witness this great show and had to listen to the race from Calgary, Canada while at the centenary of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede.

Catherine Hartley travelled to Canada as part of the South African Women's Polo Team which took part in a ladies tournament and an SA vs Canada International match thereafter.

The SA team won their international match quite convincingly against the Calgary, Canadian team 6 -1!

The Calgary tournament coincides with the Calgary Stampede and this showcase of Western riding and lifestyle is nothing if not a spectacle.

Calgary, and the influx of visitors, is dressed in Wranglers, boots, Stetsons and big buckled belts for ten full days. The whole city embraces its Western heritage and all proceeds of this amazing event go back to charity.

From early morning breakfasts to late night stampede dinners, ending with fireworks every evening, the city and stampede organizers ensure that there is never a dull moment.

The highlight of the event is the Rodeo!

Apart from bull riding, steer wrestling and calf-roping, the Calgary Stampede Rodeo showcases some of the best horses and riders in the world! From bare-back bucking horses to barrel racers, roping and cutting horses, they are all amazing athletes. The calibre and variety of horse competing in the various events is truly awe-inspiring and the dedication and professionalism with which all the horses are trained and looked after is amazing to see. This is no back-yard operation; this IS the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

The polo team also had a wonderful opportunity to ride out in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to see some of the two and three-year-old horses bred specifically for the rodeo. This was quite possibly the highlight of the trip and may convert a few polo players to cowboys/girls!

It was a truly memorable and inspiring week on both hemispheres and as they say at the Stampede: "Ya-Hoo for all our great horses!"

For more information, please visit :

www.calgarystampede.com

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