November 10, 2020 | Red Deer, AB – Arts meets West on May 5, 2021, with the launch of Cowboy Kicks, a major fundraiser for Westerner Park and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team.
“Cowboy Kicks was created to support Westerner Park, an essential economic, social and cultural driver for our region, and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport team, an important behind-the-scenes medical service team for rodeo events in Canada,” says Kathy Lacey, Cowboy Kicks Committee Chair.
Uniquely Western, Cowboy Kicks combines elements of rodeo with an Albertan artisan twist. During the evening, 20 one-of-a-kind fibreglass boots, hand painted by Albertan artists, will be auctioned off. Guests will be treated to a hearty, western meal, while enjoying an award winning Canadian country music artist in an intimate concert setting.
More details about the event, featured country music star and tickets for Cowboy Kicks will be available in early 2021 through Westerner Park’s website: westernerpark.ca/events and Cowboy Kick’s social media: facebook.com/CowboyKicks and twitter.com/Cowboy_Kicks.
“Cowboy Kicks is a great example of the collaborative spirit of our organization; developing and applying strengths of our partnerships for the betterment of both the arts and agriculture community,” says Mike Olesen, Chief Executive Officer, Westerner Park.
“2020 was a hard year for rodeo in general and our sport medicine team was no different. These funds will help to offset costs incurred from the stoppage of rodeo during the pandemic, such as taping and medical supplies that had already been purchased and the upkeep and maintenance of our mobile treatment trailers and vehicles,” says Brandon Thome, Executive Director, Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team. “We also hope to obtain one or two items from our 'wish list' - including new exercise bikes for our treatment trailers and to restock a variety of orthopedic braces that are necessary for onsite management of acute severe musculoskeletal injuries. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the organizers of Cowboy Kicks and all of the participants that make it possible!”
Call for Artists
Thanks to the generosity of Fiber-werx, Sylvan Lake, and Carvel Creative, Calgary, the Cowboy Kicks Committee is pleased to make a call to artists.
The Committee is looking for Albertan artists to design 20 fibreglass cowboy boots, 6 large (4 feet high) and 14 small (1.5 feet high), for auction at the May event.
Artists have until January 15, 2021, to submit three examples of their work and an idea for a theme for decorating a boot. There is a $750 honorarium for painting a large boot and $400 for a small one.
The Fibreglass boots will be ready for painting by January 2021 and are to be submitted by April 2021 to Westerner Park.
Proposals should be submitted to:
Cowboy Kicks Committee
4847A-19th St., Red Deer, T4R 2N7
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About Westerner Park
Westerner Park is central Alberta’s largest tradeshow, agricultural, sports, entertainment and convention facility. A not-for-profit organization and agricultural society that generates $150 million annually in economic activity hosting over 1,500 events and 1.5 million visitors each year.
Westerner Park enables and service other organizations to gather and celebrate their own purpose and cause. Part of what they do is to help fundraise, promote and invest in initiatives that support Westerner Park’s mission. This encourages the enhanced quality of life for Central Alberta and supports improvement to the agriculture industry.
About Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team
Composed of athletic therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, sport medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, psychologists and counsellors, the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team helps athletes in their rodeo careers by providing pre-event care and treatment, acute injury arena coverage, crisis control and post-event care and follow up. On average, the team works over 175 performances per season including Canadian Pro Rodeo Association, Professional Bullriders events, and Calgary Stampede Rodeo and Chuckwagons, among others.