A Brazilian-born cowboy attempting to become only the third person in the world to cross the Americas on horseback will ride into Calgary on Friday, marking what would have been the start of the Calgary Stampede.
After the event was cancelled, Masetti Leite was named the honourary Stampede Parade marshal.
Masetti Leite, who came to Canada from Brazil when he was a teenager, began his original journey in July 2012 when he saddled up and set off from the Calgary Stampede’s centennial celebration.
For the past eight years, he has been crossing the Americas on horseback in sections at a time.
The final leg of Masetti Leite’s journey, which he started on May 20, takes him from Grande Prairie, Alta., to Calgary.
Catching up with the Calgary Stampede’s honorary parade marshal
By the start of June, Masetti Leite had ridden 26,000 kilometres in total with just 800 kilometres left to go.
On Friday, he finally will finally complete his awe-inspiring journey when he rides into Calgary on horseback.
Updates on Masetti Leite’s journey will be posted in this article and aired live on Global News Morning Calgary on Friday, July 3.
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