Top notch athletes of both the human and the animal varieties will be showing off this weekend at the Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo in High River.

President of the High River Ag Society, Tanya Froh says it's going ahead without the chuckwagons which moved last year to July.

"We're really excited to do it this way because it allows us to have two evening performances for the rodeo, so the gates open at 5:00 p.m., the rodeo starts at 6:30 p.m. and it'll go about two hours, two-and-a-half hours and then following the rodeo immediately we have a cabaret both Friday and Saturday nights," she says.

This rodeo is a trendsetter...

"We have the ladies Break Away Roping and I don't know if anybody is really familiar with how that goes but High River was the first pro rodeo ladies Break Away Roping event in the Canadian circuit. We're offering the ladies equal money and some of the other events aren't, they're not listed as one of the major events and they're not required to offer the same money to the ladies breakaway and so we're proud to be offering them the same amount of money," Froh explains.

The Friday night cabaret features up and comer Country artist Jordyn Pollard and Saturday night sees Chris Brien take the stage.

C5 Rodeo from Lac Le Biche is providing the rough stock while Lazy B, Maynard Bird from Nanton is providing the timed event stock.

There's overnight RV camping available although Froh says they'd like campers to call ahead and reserve a place.