Calgary Stampede: BMO Farm Family Awards 2015


Every year, the Calgary Stampede and BMO Bank of Montreal recognize outstanding farm families in southern Alberta. The awards program was created to promote a renewed urban-rural relationship and to recognize outstanding southern Alberta farm families who best typify the value of the family farmer to our society. The program focuses on recognizing the contribution to the enhancement of quality of life as a family unit. Each year, the municipal districts in southern Alberta nominate one family. The families are brought to the Stampede for the BMO Farm Family Awards, which includes a reception, greetings from Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture, brunch, awards presentation, and family photograph session. The winning families are then treated to an afternoon Stampede Rodeo performance. The 2015 BMO Farm Family Awards were held on Monday, July 6 at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre.

Congratulations to the families who were nominated for the 2015 Farm Family Awards!

Cardston County (Spring Coulee) – Bar XT Farms, J.R. & Nicki Thompson

County of Forty Mile No. 8 (Bow Island) – Specialty Seeds Ltd., Will & Jean Van Roessel

County of Newell (Brooks) – Brookside Farms Ltd., John & Charlotte Dyck; John & Gisela Dyck; Thomas & Pam Dyck

County of Warner (Milk River) – Ken & Nora Balog

Cypress County (Seven Person) – Peter-Built Farms, Trevor & Janet Biemans

Lethbridge County (Lethbridge) – DRT Farms Ltd., Darren & Kim Taylor

MD of Foothills #31 (Blackie) – Hansen Farms, Harold & Rick Hansen & families

MD of Pincher Creek #39 (Pincher Creek) – Brylor Ranch, Bryan & Sherry Mackenzie

MD of Taber (Vauxhall) – Pepneck Family Farm, Pepneck Family

MD of Willow Creek No. 26 (Stavely) – The Hall Farm, Roy,Karen, Byron, Brandon, Randal & Fred Hall

Mountain View County (Sundre) – Overguard Land & Cattle Company, Dennis & Joanne Overguard

Rocky View County (Springbank) – Rockyview Farm, Eric Longeway; Debbie, Danielle & Jeff Lee, Ken & Eric Longeway

Special Areas #2 (Hanna) – Quast Family Farms, Oscar, Glenn, Michelle & Brian Quast

Special Areas #3 (Sibbald) – Twin R Ranching, Rob & Rick Mundt & Families

Starland County (Morrin) – Riggs Farms Ltd., Riggs, Wolf & Wynia Families

Vulcan County (Champion) – Groves Family Farm, Dale & Diane Groves & Family

Wheatland County (Nightingale) – Walker’s Farm, Ernest & Joyce Walker; Dale, Michelle, Brittany, Breanne & Braden Walker

Download the biographies of each honoured family here.