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The First Stampede of Flores LaDue

The True Love Story of Florence and Guy Weadick and the Beginning of the Calgary Stampede

About The Book

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, Bryden presents this #1 Calgary Herald bestseller detailing the fascinating true story of the romance that started the Stampede.

The love story of rodeo promoter Guy Weadick and trick roper Flores LaDue began among the rough-and-tumble vaudevillians preserving the frontier way of life in the first Wild West shows. Their love endured through North American performances in the small-time and big-time circuits to the audiences of Europe and culminated in 1912 with the most spectacular of accomplishments—the establishment of the greatest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede. That was one hundred years ago, and this is their story.

About The Author

Wendy Bryden is the author of Canada at the Olympic Winter Games and The Glencoe Club Story: 70 Years of Sports History. She studied journalism at the University of Montana and later taught skiing at the Ernie McCulloch Ski School at Mont Tremblant, Quebec. She is the founder of the Bryden Bursaries that provide funding for disabled athletes to attend the Olympic Academy of Canada. The Alberta Centennial Medal was conferred on her in recognition of her outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta. She is also the recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation, conferred on her by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her contribution to her community and to Canada. Wendy Bryden resides in her native Calgary with her husband, and their four sons and respective families live in Calgary, Vancouver and London, England.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 11, 2011)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781451609349

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