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Wildhorse Jack and the First Stampede Breakfast

by (author) Brenda Joyce Leahy

illustrated by Melissa Bruglemans-LaBelle

Red Barn Books Inc.
Initial publish date
May 2023
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3


The true story behind the 100-year-old tradition of the Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast — as told by the granddaughter of the legendary founder Wildhorse Jack. Yahoo!


When Frankie’s dad loses every race at the Calgary Stampede, she’s sad and frustrated. But when he celebrates by hosting a huge pancake breakfast the next morning, she’s downright confused!

From "Wildhorse Jack" Morton’s own granddaughter comes the true story of a Canadian legend and how he started the first Stampede Breakfast back in 1923.

Ideal for ages 3-7, this charming tale has themes of sportsmanship, community spirit, and living life to the fullest. Yahoo!

(Warning: Includes a larger-than-life cowboy, his wild antics, and his sassy pet badger Maggie. Don’t try this at home, kids!)

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Author Brenda Joyce Leahy is an author and retired lawyer who lives in Calgary. She was raised on a farm in southern Alberta with stories about her colourful grandfather, Wildhorse Jack. Brenda’s first novel, The Art of Rebellion, was also inspired by her family history.

Artist Melissa Bruglemans-LaBelle is most famous for her coffee paintings, but she works in a variety of styles and media. A born-and-bred Alberta girl, she has also painted hundreds of Stampede-themed windows! A two-time art school grad, Melissa lives in Airdrie with her husband and two boys.