Bob Spaith and Rich Roenisch

West side of the Agriculture Building on Stampede Park


Bronze Sculpture

Carthy Foundation, Coril Holdings Ltd., Friends of Smithbilt Hats Inc.

About the Installation

As one of the largest pieces of art in North America, 15 horses and two cowboys that blends historical and modern day images into a larger-than-life exhibit that reflects the spirit of Calgary – from the influence of the Bow River to the significant role of the cowboy and the free spirit of the western horse.

By the Banks of the Bow celebrates one of mankind’s greatest living treasures; its wildness and spirit, strength, speed and dependability. It supported the people of the First Nations, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, farmers, town folk, prospectors and adventurers, cowboys and ranchers.

Today the horse retains a pride of place in the Calgary Stampede. In rodeo, the chuckwagon races, the heavy horse competitions or in the show ring, the horse is as iconic as the Stampede itself and is woven into its cultural fabric.

Created by local artists and ranchers Bob Spaith and Rich Roenisch, By the Banks of the Bow is a narrative in bronze that depicts our past, present and future, and reflects the Stampede’s many relationships with our community.

Did You Know?

  • This is one of the largest sculpture installations in North America and includes 15 horses and two riders.

  • From inspiration to installation, this sculpture took four years to complete.

  • The piece was cast in a foundry in Kalispell, Montana.

  • Ten of the horses competed at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo.

  • The lead cowboy, Clem Gardner, was the Canadian All Around champion in the first Calgary Stampede Rodeo in 1912.

  • The total sculpture weighs approximately 14,5000 pounds or seven tons.

  • Average weight of a horse is close to 900 pounds.