A load of bull

Leonard Poholka, of Breton, manicures the business end of a bull, preparing it for a showing, at the 112th Calgary Bull Sale.

Occasionally it’s very apparent that Calgary won’t ever be able to shed the reputation of its rural origins.

Case in point – The Calgary Bull Sale.

Located on the Stampede grounds, a stone’s throw from the city’s downtown business core, the livestock sale attracts Alberta’s top quality beef bulls and is considered a benchmark for other sales across the prairies and often serves as a barometer for the local economic climate. The event marked its 112th year of operation Feb. 29 and March 1, 2012.

Quinn Hamilton, of Innisfail, Alberta, guides a bull around the show ring.

I’m hardly a child of the prairies – more of a city slicker. I’ve never even owned a pair of cowboy boots. But there’s a certain level of comfort in knowing the city hasn’t strayed too far from its western-way-of-life ancestry. It’s good for a city to know where it came from.

And a good ol’ bull sale serves as an effective reminder.

After all, Calgary will always be ‘Cowtown’ – love it or hate it.

Potential buyers.

And a friendly word of advice for any photographers who attend such a bull sale – try to limit your ‘chimping’ (looking at the back of your camera to see your images).

Walking, while distracted, amongst this many cows can have unfortunate consequences for your footwear, if you know what I mean.

Suffice it to say, my right shoe required a thorough cleaning before getting back into my car after the job.

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“I love Alberta beef”

The show ring.

Freshly quaffed for showing.

Preparing for a showing.

Potential buyer.

Potential buyers.

Show ring parade.

Potential buyers, father and daughter Dick and Renee Ardill at the show ring.

Carsen Longson, 5, has a look at the trophies awarded to the best bulls in the show ring.

The show ring.

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