As Langley prepares to saddle up for inaugural rodeo, SPCA raises welfare concerns

A new rodeo is barrelling into B.C.’s Lower Mainland this Labour Day weekend. 

The Valley West Stampede is the first professional rodeo in the Township of Langley, B.C., which professes to be the “horse capital” of Canada. 

The three-day event, which will run Sept. 3-5 at the Langley Riders Society grounds, will feature barrel racing, saddle bronc, bull riding and bareback riding, with a $20,000 grand prize for each event.

“I think it’s crazy that Langley hasn’t had their own professional rodeo,” stampede president Sheila Hicks told CBC’s On the Coast. “Coming up through this industry and through this sport, I’m really excited to share it with the next generations.”

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