The 2017 edition of the Outriders, presented by Century Downs and Century Casino, is comprised of 20 committed members who serve as ambassadors representing the football club, the City of Calgary and southern Alberta.
The Outriders are selected through an intensive audition and interview process each spring when they are evaluated on dance experience and ability, physical fitness and character. The women range in age from 19 to 30 years old.
The role of an Outrider is a part-time volunteer position. When not serving as a member of the dance team, these women are full-time professionals, entrepreneurs and post-secondary students.
The Outriders practice twice a week and attend pre-game rehearsals April through November to prepare for each Stampeders home game.
As a team, they commit more than 2,000 community appearance hours each year. All not-for-profit and civic Outrider appearances are pro bono. A minimal appearance fee is charged for corporate functions. All Outriders events allow the team to interact with Stampeders fans and serve as fundraising efforts to send the team to the 105th Grey Cup Championship and Festival in Ottawa.
Head coach: Kyla Findlay
Dance coach: Meagan Reid
Studio pictures: Mark Mennie
Game pictures: Angela Burger, Eric Boldt, Mark Shannon
Calendar pictures: Waldy Martens and Mark Mennie