Canada postcard Lady Champion bronco rider Winnipeg Stampede 1913

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RPPC photo postcard for the second Stampede ever held, champion cowgirl bronco riding, with caption:

Fannie Sperry-Steele Worlds Lady Champion Bucking Horse Rider
Winnipeg Stampede 1913.
Photo by Marcell of Calgary


After the first one in Calgary in 1912, the next year it was moved to Winnipeg. After going to NYC in 1916, and then being cancelled during WW1, the fourth Stampede returned to Calgary, where is has been held ever since.

The Winnipeg Stampede was held 9-16 August 1913.

Written text on back.

Based on ‘AZO’ photographic paper used, card dates from 1904-1918.


Crease left border, UL corner. Toning and smudging on back

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)


Fannie Sperry Steele (1887 –1983), born Fannie Sperry, was an American bronc rider and rodeo performer from Montana. She was one of the first women inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1975, and the first Montana native in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1978.


The only woman rider of the time to ride her entire career without tying her stirrups under the horse’s belly (a practice rodeo judges allowed for women only)…She won several awards for her riding in professional rodeos during her lifetime, including Women's Bucking Horse Champion of Montana in 1904 at the age of 17, and Lady Bucking Horse Champion of the World of the first Calgary Stampede rodeo in 1912, where hundreds of cowboys from Western Canada, the United States and Mexico competed for thousands of dollars in prizes. In the Calgary Stampede, Sperry Steele had ridden the horse Red Wing, a wild bronc who had trampled fellow rider Joe LaMar to death only days earlier



Doc Marcell was an itinerant Rodeo photographer who traveled and photographed the various Rodeos and Stampedes of the West. He was the Official photographer of the Calgary Stampede in 1912 and produced many photos at the Winnipeg Stampede.

Exhibitions and fairs with various rodeo events were held throughout eastern Canada and the USA since the late 1800s. Winnipeg businessman James Ryan S, W.H. Fares and F.H. Moon seeing the success of the Calgary Stampede in 1912 run by Guy Weadick, convinced Guy to run the Stampede in Winnipeg in 1913 after the Calgary promoters decided not to run one in 1913. In January 1913 Weadick negotiated with the syndicate headed by James Ryan to bring the Stampede to Winnipeg in August and raise $20.000 to run the event with. Winnipeg was home to the second official Stampede which was the name officially applied to the shows put on by Guy Weadick. The Winnipeg Stampede of 1913 was not a financial success and Winnipeg did not have any further Stampedes run by Guy Weadick…It was not until the fourth Stampede in Calgary in 1918 that success was brought with the Stampede events