Stampede Parade Marshal arrives after 8-year horseback ride across continent
In July you’d think cowboys would be a dime a dozen in this city, but how many of those stetson wearing “wranglers” have actually ridden a steed? This year’s Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal. Filipe Masetti Leite has proven himself beyond worthy of the brimmed hat and saddle when he began a 25,000-kilometre trip on horseback across the Americas in 2012.
It’s been 2,920 days, but today, he rode his way back to where it all began, Calgary Stampede Park!
“Many people called me crazy, several said I would die doing it and almost all said it was impossible,” he said in a press release sent to Curiocity. “Eight years later finishing where it all started as Parade Marshal for the 2020 Calgary Stampede.”
Masetti Leite grew up in Brazil, where his father had his own dream of riding through the 12 countries. He, like his son were inspired by the “legendary long-riders of the past.” Now, years later the Cowboy is one of only 3 people in history to have taken the incredible trek.
“It’s hard to put into words what I am feeling right now. I am concluding a dream and it feels surreal,” he continued.
“I hope that more people live their dreams. It is what life is all about. I am one of the richest people in the world today in terms of the things I’ve seen, the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met.”
Honestly, Filipe, we couldn’t agree with you more. Congrats, Buckaroo. You will go down in history as one of the coolest people ever to be named Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal.