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- (1981) PETE KNIGHT
- (1981) MIDNIGHT
- (1982) RAY KNIGHT
- (1982) HERMAN LINDER
- (1982) CARL OLSON
- (1982) GUY WEADICK
- (1983) NORMAN EDGE
- (1983) WARREN COOPER
- (1983) CLARENCE GINGRICH
- (1983) Frank Sharp
- (1983) TOM THREE PERSONS
- (1984) RICHARD (Dick) COSGRAVE
- (1984) TOM DORCHESTER
- (1984) EARL W. BASCOM
- (1984) FIVE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
- (1984) A. K. LUND
- (1984) LLOYD MYERS
- (1984) DON THOMSON
- (1984) JACK WADE
- (1984) SLIM WATRIN
- (1985) CLEM GARDNER
- (1985) FRED KENNEDY
- (1985) HARRY KNIGHT
- (1985) TOM LAUDER
- (1985) BILL MOUNKES
- (1985) KEN THOMSON
- (1986) URBAN ACE DOAN
- (1986) PAT BURTON
- (1986) ALBERT GALARNEAU
- (1986) GIB POTTER
- (1986) SYKES ROBINSON
- (1986) LORNE THOMPSON
- (1986) CLIFF VANDERGRIFT
- (1987) CARL 'SLIM' DORIN
- (1987) FRANK DUCE
- (1987) JOE FISHER
- (1987) HUGHIE LONG
- (1987) JIM MAXWELL
- (1987) JERRY MYERS
- (1988) BOB DUCE
- (1988) JERRY AMBLER
- (1988) HAROLD MANDEVILLE
- (1988) WANDA DEE
- (1989) J. M. (Jack) DILLON
- (1989) REG KESLER
- (1989) THREE BARS
- (1990) CAM LANSDELL
- (1990) WALLY LINDSTROM
- (1990) CLARK LUND
- (1991) PETE LAGRANDEUR
- (1992) FRED GLADSTONE
- (1992) JOHN GLAZIER
- (1992) HARRY VOLD
- (1993) CINDY ROCKET
- (1993) LEO BROWN
- (1993) RONNIE GLASS
- (1993) KENNY McLEAN
- (1993) DIRTY GERTIE
- (1993) Tiger
- (1993) ORVILLE STRANDQUIST
- (1994) BOB CARRY
- (1994) BILL COLLINS
- (1994) GORDON EARL
- (1994) WILF GIRLETZ
- (1994) Spud
- (1994) MARTY WOOD
- (1995) LAURENCE BRUCE
- (1995) WINSTON BRUCE
- (1995) LEE FARRIS
- (1995) GID GARSTAD
- (1995) TRANSPORT
- (1995) DALE TROTTIER
- (1996) BRIAN BUTTERFIELD
- (1996) BUD BUTTERFIELD
- (1996) TOM BUTTERFIELD
- (1996) MEL HYLAND
- (1996) MOONSHINE #33
- (1997) MOON ROCKET #231
- (1997) JERRI DUCE
- (1997) BOB ROBINSON
- (1998) KEITH HYLAND
- (1998) KINGSWAY SKOAL
- (1998) MAC LEASK
- (1998) DON PERRIN
- (1998) LEN PERRY
- (1998) BUD VANCLEAVE
- (1999) JOHN DODDS
- (1999) AMERICAN EXPRESS
- (1999) MALCOLM JONES
- (1999) ROCKY ROCKABAR
- (1999) PETER WELSH
- (2000) JACK DAlNES
- (2000) TOM BEWS
- (2000) JIM GLADSTONE
- (2000) SARCEE SORREL
- (2000) LORNE WELLS
- (2001) MEL COLEMAN
- (2001) STEVE DUNHAM
- (2001) ROBIN BURWASH
- (2001) BILL KEHLER
- (2001) LONESOME ME
- (2001) DICK NASH
- (2001) WILFRED
- (2002) JIM DUNN
- (2002) GUILTY CAT
- (2002) REX LOGAN
- (2002) DAVE PENNER
- (2002) RAMBO
- (2002) GREG SCHLOSSER
- (2003) BRIAN CLAYPOOL
- (2003) DON BEDDOES
- (2003) PADDY BROWN
- (2003) TOM EIRIKSON
- (2003) DWAYNE ERICKSON
- (2003) HIGH CHAPARRAL H1
- (2003) LEE PHILLIPS
- (2004) RYAN BYRNE
- (2004) COYOTE
- (2004) DUANE DAINES
- (2004) GEORGE MYREN
- (2004) ALVIN OWEN
- (2004) BLAINE PEDERSON
- (2004) WILL SENGER
- (2005) Cody Snyder
- (2005) Frank Mickey
- (2005) Gene Miller
- (2005) Greg Butterfield
- (2005) Harley Hook
- (2005) Isabelle Haraga
- (2005) Stubby
- (2006) AIRWOLF
- (2006) BRUCE FLEWELLING
- (2006) DICK HAVENS
- (2006) WILF HYLAND
- (2006) EMERY LAGRANDEUR
- (2006) DARYL MILLS
- (2006) LARRY ROBINSON
- (2007) Alex Laye
- (2007) Norman and Shirley Edge
- (2007) Nathan Woldum
- (2007) Ken Brower
- (2007) JH Necklace
- (2008) Wayne Vold
- (2008) Ellie Lewis
- (2008) Blue Bill
- (2008) Jerry Sinclair
- (2008) Lawrence Hutchison
- (2008) Verne Franklin
- (2008) Dale Johansen
- (2009) Jim Clifford
- (2009) Don Dewar
- (2009) Claire and Lois Dewar
- (2009) Jim Kelts
- (2009) Ruth McDougall
- (2009) Mark Wagner
- (2009) Wes Zieffle
- (2009) Twist
- (2010) Gordon Doan
- (2010) Phil Doan
- (2010) Clayton Hines
- (2010) Edith Malesh
- (2010) Everett Vold
- (2010) Wyatt Earp Skoal
- (2010) Floyd Peters
- (2011) Don Johansen
- (2011) Ralph Murray
- (2011) Glen ONeill
- (2011) Ernie Marshall
- (2011) Joe Lucas
- (2011) Ted Vayro
- (2011) Charles Manson
- (2012) Cliff Williamson
- (2012) Grated Coconut
- (2012) Mark Roy
- (2012) Elaine Watt
- (2012) Rod Warren
- (2012) Roger Lacasse
- (2012) Harvey Northcott
- (2013) ARNOLD HARAGA
- (2013) GINA MCDOUGALL
- (2013) FRED ROPE HORSE
- (2013) MERV CHURCHILL
- (2013) BILL BOYD
- (2014) Darrell Cholach
- (2014) Dave Garstad
- (2014) Chester Skoal Bandit
- (2014) Neil McKinnon
- (2014) Lee Laskosky
- (2014) Viola Thomas
- (2015) Dee Butterfield
- (2015) Jim Freeman
- (2015) Junior
- (2015) Greg Cassidy
- (2015) Harris Dvorkin
- (2015) Pearl Mandeville
- (2016) Bob Hartell
- (2016) 96 Confusion
- (2016) Dan Lowry
- (2016) Dave MacDonald
- (2016) 367 Painted Smile
- (2016) Vic Stuckley Sr




PETE KNIGHT

PETE KNIGHT

Pete Knight - First Contestant Inducted into The Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. November 15, 1981

Peter Charles Knight was born May 5, 1903 in Philadelphia, the youngest in a family of English-Irish immigrants. A farm in Stroud, Oklahoma became their home until 1914 when they moved to the Crossfield, Alberta area to homestead. Pete's rodeo career started when he rode in his hometown at 15, winning second monies in bronc riding both days.

The farm work was heavy, but by the time Pete was 20 his two older brothers, Robbie and Walter, who were not rodeo minded, took over the responsibilities and Pete headed out to break into the big league. After successfully competing at several smaller shows, Pete entered Calgary in 1923, however he did not compete as a bad fall in the parade left him with a severe leg injury. He returned to the farm to heal up, and in the spring of 1924 struck out again making quite a name for himself, particularly when he conquered the great horse "Midnight" in Montreal in 1926.

Among the many awards won by Pete Knight, was the coveted "Prince of Wales" trophy, awarded annually at the Calgary Stampede to the champion bronc rider. Once a cowboy's name was on the trophy three times it was his to keep. The inspiration of this challenge stimulated Pete and he succeeded in winning the event in 1927, 1930 and the trophy was his to keep with another win in 1933.

Pete met his untimely death at a rodeo in Hayward, California, May 23, 1937. A horse named Duster had reared high out of the chute and then pulled Pete down, slamming his chest into the saddle horn. Pete kept trying to get off and finally landed on his hands and knees. His last known words were "Perry, I'm hurt". Perry Ivory being the arena director). Pete was carried behind the chutes by fellow cowboys and succumbed to his injuries of a pierced lung and massive hemorrhaging. Bud Batteate, a fellow contestant, had just ridden, and Pete had pulled his gate for him. Upon conclusion of his ride, Bud hurried over to the chutes to watch Pete ride Duster. Pete was older than Bud and was the young cowboys idol. Bud remembered that day in May, as Pete was carrying his baby girl around, proud as a peacock. She was not even one month old! Bud was honored at the NFR in 2011, along with ten other cowboys, as being the surviving group of original Turtle Association. Bud contacted the CRHA, and wanted the true record of Pete's last ride recorded correctly for history's value. The CRHA thank him for his recollections and for his friendship to Canada's rodeo hero, Pete Knight.
The fantastic ability of Pete never went unnoticed. He was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, the Pro rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, and the Horsemens' Hall of Fame in Calgary. He was enshrined in song by Wilf Carter and was memorialized by the opening of the Pete Knight Arena in Crossfield. Even now many years after his passing he is still regarded as the greatest bronc rider of them all.





MIDNIGHT

MIDNIGHT

First Animal Inducted into The Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. November 15, 1981

The tales of Midnight have been a topic of conversation for nearly 70 years. There may always be arguments among those cowboys who "almost" rode him, and the few who did.

This great black gelding was foaled on the Cottonwood Ranch in the Porcupine Hills, west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, in 1916. His mother was a thoroughbred mare; his sire a Percheron/Morgan cross.

His owner, Jim McNab broke him as a three year old for a saddle horse using him for cow-horse in range work for two years. Midnight's temperament was so unpredictable that even after a two-day ride, he was still ready to buck you off at the home gate.

By 1920 Jim McNab had enough and decided to try him as a bucking horse at some of the local rodeos around the country. He was entered in Calgary in 1924 and his reputation continued to grow as he bucked off all contestants until Pete Knight rode him in Montreal in 1926.

In 1928 Midnight was sold to Colonel Jim Skew who held Wild West Shows and Rodeos in the eastern USA. He in turn sold the horse to Eddie McCarthy and Vern Elliott of Wyoming and Colorado. Midnight was featured at all the major rodeos in the country and was retired at the conclusion of the Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1933. However, McCarty and Elliot took an expedition to London, England in 1934; Midnight, for this special trip, was once again in the draw.

He died at the Denver Rodeo in November 1936 and was buried on the McCarty-Elliott Ranch in Johnstown, Colorado. Later his remains were moved to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

On July 9, 1967, Jim McNab officially opened the Midnight Stadium in Fort MacLeod, Alberta in recognition of this great horse.





RAY KNIGHT

RAY KNIGHT

Ray Knight - Contestant/Builder
Inducted - November 10, 1982

Oscar Raymond Knight was born April 8, 1872 on a ranch west of Payson Utah where he was raised until he moved to Raymond, Alberta as a young man. During his lifetime Ray managed ranches such as the Knight Sugar Co. and Ranch - 400,000 sprawling acres of land with more than 40,000 head of stock.

Ray was a breeder of fine heavy horses and mules. He often supplied stock for the Calgary Stampede and acted as bucking stock manager.

In 1902 all ranchers in the area were invited to send a team of bronc riders to Raymond to compete for top honors and celebrate the First of July. As Ray and his riders trailed the wild horses to town, Ray said, "If these horses should get scared and stampede ... Stampede?! That’s what we'll call our celebration! The Raymond Stampede.

This was the first rodeo in Canada. There was no prize money, strictly a competition between the ranches and their cowboys.

Ray became an outstanding rodeo cowboy himself. He introduced Calf Roping to the stampedes and rodeos in North America. Ray Knight's championships include winning the North American Calf Roping at the Calgary Stampede in 1917, 1918 and 1919. He was awarded the Tom Campbell Trophy at Calgary in 1924, and the Prince of Wales Trophy, one of his most coveted prizes. Ray once judged at the big rodeo in Madison Square Gardens in New York City.

Ray Knight was a very busy man, managing huge ranches and thousands of head of stock, yet he always found the time to remain interested in community affairs and sports. He put on many stampedes to raise money for churches and charity organizations.

Ray lived in Raymond all of his adult life, and died there on February 7, 1947 at the age of 74.





HERMAN LINDER

HERMAN LINDER

Herman Linder - Contestant
Inducted- November 10, 1982

Herman Linder was born in Wisconsin in 1910. When he was but ten years old, the family moved to the Canadian West. Herman and his wife, Agnes resided at the family ranch in Cardston, Alberta.

Herman's debut in the rodeo infield was in 1924 at Cardston, splitting first and second in the Saddle Bronc event with Tom Wiles. In his first year at the Calgary Stampede, 1929, he won the Canadian Saddle Bronc Riding Championship.

Herman's career took him throughout North America, England and Australia, and before retiring from the rodeo circuit in the early 1940's he had won an unprecedented 22 championships, including 12 All Around titles at the Calgary Stampede. Herman had participated in Boy's Steer Riding, Saddle and Bareback Bronc Riding, Brahma Bull Riding, Steer Riding, Calf Roping and Steer Decorating.

Herman Linder was a founding member of the Cowboy Turtle Association, the first formal organization of professional rodeo cowboys.

After Herman had hung up his rigging and was not going down the road on a regular basis, he turned to producing rodeos across Canada. Herman relates one of his greatest moments was when he was presented a plaque by the people of Fort MacLeod in appreciation of his services to rodeo.

Herman's contributions to rodeo and ranching have been recognized by many honors and awards:

- Past president, Canadian Stampede Managers Association
- Member, Calgary Horseman's Hall of Fame
- He and family chosen Master Farm Family of Alberta, 1971
- Elected to the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma city, 1981





CARL OLSON

CARL OLSON

Carl Olson - Contestant
Inducted - November 10, 1982

Carl was born in 1914 in the Wood Mountain district of southern Saskatchewan, and lived as a boy near the village of Fir Mountain. His mother died when Carl was a young fellow, leaving his three sisters, his father and him to cope with life's problems without her help. During the Great Depression of the "Hungry Thirties", Carl worked for ranchers in the area, and while breaking broncs for them became interested in a rodeo career as a Saddle Bronc rider. He started with the local rodeos, and getting on the big, salty broncs of the short grass country was good experience for a future champion.


Carl moved to Alberta in the late 1930's where he soon became known as a top Saddle Bronc Rider and Steer Wrestler. The bigger the bronc and the harder he bucked, the more Carl spurred. Every horse he got on knew the "feel of steel." For several years Carl was a full time rodeo contestant in Canada and the United States. During this time he competed and won money at every major rodeo in both countries. Some of his big wins were the bronc riding at Houston in 1947, Tulsa in 1948 and Edmonton in 1952. In 1954 he won the bronc riding for the Southern Alberta Circuit, and decided then to hang his chaps and saddle on the peg.


Carl was the first Canadian born cowboy to be recognized as both Canadian and World Champion Bronc Rider by the respective associations.

CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cowboys' Protective Association
All Around - 1945
Saddle Bronc - 1945, 1946, 1948
Steer Wrestling - 1948

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rodeo Cowboys' Association
Saddle Bronc - 1947
International Rodeo Association
Saddle Bronc - 1948





GUY WEADICK

GUY WEADICK

Guy Weadick - First Builder
Inducted - July 12, 1982

This great builder of rodeo was born in Rochester New York in 1885. Uninterested in following the family tradition of law, he drifted west at fourteen and worked as a cowboy from Montana to New Mexico learning skills of riding and roping.

In 1904 he came to Calgary to buy horses with Will Pickett and they put together a small rodeo.

Guy Weadick was also a fancy roper, and he and his wife Flores LaDue, who was also a trick rider and fancy roper, traveled as a team with both the Miller Brother's Wild West Shows and the Orpheum Vaudeville circuit for several years.

He was a man of broad vision and planned a stampede on such a magnificent scale that it would draw the best contestants from Canada, the United States and Mexico. Together it would be the largest assemblage of Plains Indians this continent had ever seen. All he needed was the security of $100,000. This was not easy to find, but after much enthusiastic conversation, four great cattlemen together guaranteed the funds. They were later to be known as "The Big Four" - George Lane, Pat Burns, A.E. Cross and A.J. McLean. This 1912 Stampede was a tremendous success. The Calgary Stampede was born.

Guy Weadick moved on to promote a stampede in Winnipeg in 1913 and a rodeo in New York State in 1916. He returned to Calgary to organize the Victory Stampede, a replica of 1912, following the First World War. Weadick became the arena director, bringing in the first chuckwagon races, and remained the arena director until 1932. Ill health caused the Weadicks to move to a more moderate climate in 1950, although they did return to Calgary to help the Stampede celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Guy Weadick once again rode in the parade and was on the platform to award the championships.

He died December 13, 1953, just six months later. His body was laid to rest in the High River Cemetery.





NORMAN EDGE

NORMAN EDGE

Norman Edge - Contestant
Inducted - November 9, 1983

Norman Frank Edge was born in 1904. His parents were among the earliest ranching families in the Brushy Ridge district south of Cochrane, Alberta. Norman and his five brothers developed an interest in rodeo at an early age, and started riding the pigs and calves, then graduated to the steers and even the milk cows. When he was in his teens, a neighboring rancher, Dave Lawson of the XC Ranch, built a shot gun chute and encouraged all the local boys to come and practice, they rode bucking horses and steers and started roping. Norman and his brother Wilber first entered competition in 1921.

At the 1925 Calgary Stampede, Norman entered the Saddle Bronc Riding, the Brahma Steer Riding, and the Bareback riding, he won both the steer riding and the bareback riding and was presented with his first trophy saddle. During the winter months, for several years to come, Norman broke polo ponies and remounts for the RCMP at the Mount Royal and Virginia Ranches at Cochrane.

Peter Welsh and the Alberta Stampede Co. kept Norman traveling all over Canada and the Eastern U.S. for the next two years. Norman returned to Calgary and won the Brahma Steer riding for the second time in 1927, his second Bareback Championship in 1928 and the Wild Horse Race with partners Ollie Edge and Johnny Munro in 1929.

In May of 1934, a group of Canadian cowboys including Herman Linder, Jac Streeter, Pat Burton, Jackie Cooper, Clark Lund, Frank Sharp, George McIntosh, Harry Knight, Pete Knight and Norman were chosen to travel to London to a rodeo sponsored by Tex Austin.

He retired from rodeo competition in 1937 to look after his ranching interests at Cochrane and Bassano.

Norman has been honored several times; in 1974 by the Calgary Stampede as a ”Pioneer of Rodeo,” in 1975 by the Red Deer Exhibition and in 1983 by the Cochrane Old Timers Rodeo Association





WARREN <br /> COOPER

WARREN
COOPER

Warren Cooper - Builder
Inducted - July 11, 1983

Warren Cooper, better known as "Coop" is the personality whose voice has projected across many rodeo infields making him the "Canadian Dean of Rodeo Announcing" for 61 years.

Coop was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1902, but was raised on a ranch just outside of Nanton, Alberta. As a boy he was enthralled with the cowboys who stayed aboard a bronc and was regularly chased away from behind the chutes at local rodeos. At 15 he was handed a megaphone and given a chance to announce his first rodeo. Coop chuckled as he recalled the first job offer which was phrased along the lines: "Get the heck out of the road and go tell the people what's happening."

Announcing was a lot different back in 1917. Instead of sitting in a booth, Coop was out on horseback putting the program together as the show went along. "I would have to ride over to the chute," he explained, "and ask a rider his name and where he was from." Coop came up the ladder the hard way, hanging around the rodeo chutes until the arena director would give him something to do. His chores included clerking and timing events, then announcing at some of the smaller rodeos.

In 1939, he became the rodeo announcer for the Calgary Stampede and remained the mainstay of the Stampede's microphone until the mid 1970's. He retired from announcing in 1981.

He has been honored by the Fort Macleod Rodeo for his 32 years of service, by Medicine Hat Rodeo for more than 20 years of service and for his involvement with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede for over 50 years.

Coop enjoyed each and every rodeo that he announced. He was especially pleased, along with all that participated, in representing the Canadian West, by announcing the rodeo held in Montreal, Quebec at Expo 67.

Coop has shared himself and his talents with the cowboys and audiences of several generations.





CLARENCE <br /> GINGRICH

CLARENCE
GINGRICH

Clarence Gingrich - Builder
Inducted – November 9, 1983

Clarence Gingrich was born in Olds, Alberta in 1905 and was brought up in High River, Alberta with close association to the Streeter family.

He began contesting in rodeos in 1922 and was a chuck wagon outrider from 1924 to 1936. It was that last year that he helped the Goettler outfit from Sheep Creek win the World Championship. He was a chuck wagon judge for the Calgary Stampede for twenty years.


Clarence saw the need for good stock and the opportunity to work in his beloved sport so he started in 1936 to gather a herd of bucking horses. From 1937 to 1951 he supplied a superb string of saddle and bareback horses including such well-remembered mounts as Coal Creek, Lookout, Old Frosty, Contortionist, Presley Black, Broken Trail, Tack Hammer and especially Sarcee Special. This horse was Clarence's first star and never ridden in two years of performances in Alberta. After five featured matches at U.S. rodeos, Casey Tibbs finally stayed aboard Sarcee Special and pocketed $5,000.
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Besides supplying stock, Gingrich became an acknowledged expert in the tough, exacting and essential part of rodeo - the pick-up man. The combination of these talents made "Hammerhead," a name given him by Dick Cosgrave after losing a bet, a much respected and sought after member of the rodeo scene in Canada for over thirty years.

He first picked up in Calgary in 1931 and suffered many broken bones and other injuries in his long career. Hammerhead's decision to retire from all this abuse in 1953 prompted a group of professional cowboys to present him with a ruby-studded gold and silver belt buckle. The bribe worked and Gingrich continued working at major rodeos until 1965. When not involved in rodeos, Clarence worked as a Brand Inspector for the Alberta Government from 1951 to 1970. As a fitting climax to a long and illustrious career, Clarence Gingrich was honored by the Calgary Stampede by being elected to that elite group of cowboys, “The Pioneers of Rodeo.”





Frank Sharp

Frank Sharp

Frank Sharp - Contestant
Inducted - November 9, 1983

Frank was born in Atwood, Kansas on January 26, 1900. His family moved to a homestead northwest of Ponoka, Alberta in 1903 but later moved to the North Battleford, Saskatchewan area. As Frank grew up he traveled around the U.S. and Canada working in the fruit fields and driving a mule team. He and his cousin turned quite a profit by buying horses in Alberta and trailing them back to Saskatchewan where horses were scarce.

In the small northern Saskatchewan town of St. Margaret, Frank won his first trophy saddle in 1918. Two other fellows, Montana Bill and Bobby Hill, helped Frank produce four Saskatchewan rodeos that year. They were at Alsask, Richard, Midnight Lake and Battleford. At Richard, the crowd was large and the cowboys few. Frank refused to disappoint the public, so he rode 16 head of stock that one afternoon.

He traveled all over the U.S. and Canada in the late thirties, competing in the Saddle Bronc and Bareback Bronc, Steer and Brahma Bull Riding events.

The cumulative score from Canadian rodeos in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and the U.S. rodeos at Columbus, Buffalo, Detroit and Omaha won Frank the World Championship Bareback title in 1926. He won the Canadian Champion Brahma Steer riding at Calgary in 1929 and 1933 and the Canadian All Around in 1929 and 1930. He was also among the group of Canadian cowboys who traveled to London, England to compete in a rodeo in 1934.

Frank started judging rodeos in 1941. He judged both the rodeo and the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede for 29 years. He was honored by the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede in 1978 as a "Pioneer of Rodeo".





TOM THREE <br /> PERSONS

TOM THREE
PERSONS

Tom Three Persons - Contestant
Inducted - July 11, 1983.

Tom Three Persons was born in 1886 at Standoff, Alberta. He was a Blood Indian and was an active saddle bronc rider in his younger days, winning his first saddle bronc championship at Lethbridge, Alberta in 1908.

Although he competed for several years, his most memorable ride was on the legendary black bronc by the name of Cyclone. This ride made Tom the saddle bronc champion of the 1912 Calgary Stampede.

Tom's ride was described in the Canadian Rodeo Book and the Calgary Daily Herald:
"Tom Three Persons was a Blood Indian from Macleod, Alberta. The only Canadian in the finals of the saddle bronc competition and the last rider, he was the crowd's hometown favorite. But he drew Cyclone for his final ride, and against a horse like that, what chance did he have?."In 1912 there was no such thing as a eight-second or a ten-second time limit. The ride ended when either the horse or the cowboy gave up.

A 1912 Calgary Daily Herald reporter describes Tom Three Persons' ride:"The horse thrown to the ground, Tom jumped across him, placed his feet in the stirrups, and with a wild 'whoop' the black demon was up and away with the Indian rider. Bucking, twisting, swapping ends and resorting to every artifice of the outlaw, Cyclone swept across the field. The proud Native was jarred from one side of the saddle to the other, but as the crowds cheered themselves hoarse he settled every time into the saddle and waited for the next lurch or twist."His bucking unable to dislodge the man, Cyclone stood at rest and reared straight up. Once it looked as though Tom was to follow the fate of his predecessors. He recovered rapidly and from that time forward, Cyclone bucked till he was tired. Tom Three Persons had mastered him."

Tom Three Persons became a hero that day in 1912 and he remained a hero, even after his death in 1949. His photograph still hangs in a place of honor in the Blood Reserve's community hall at Standoff, Alberta.

Tom later became a wealthy rancher on the Blood Reserve raising Hereford cattle, thoroughbred horses and supplying bucking stock to Southern Alberta rodeos. He passed away in Calgary on August 13, 1949





RICHARD  (Dick) <br /> COSGRAVE

RICHARD (Dick)
COSGRAVE

Dick Cosgrave - Builder
Inducted - July 9, 1984

Dick Cosgrave's father, Pat, came to Canada from Dublin, Ireland. He ranched for a short time in the Whitewood District of Saskatchewan, but moved to Alberta in the 1890's where he was in charge of livestock on the Blackfoot Reserve. Dick was born on the reserve on January 24, 1905. He was educated at Gleichen, Cheadle and Calgary.

In 1916 he started farming at Cheadle and Michichi, Alberta. In 1933 he moved to Rosebud and in 1945 he added the old Jack Miller Ranch to his holdings. He spent many years managing the extensive lease near his ranch which belonged to the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede and was responsible for breeding and raising rodeo stock on this lease.

In 1935 Dick married Olive Flett and had a son, Robert (Bobby) Cosgrave, who became a champion chuckwagon driver in his own right.

Dick became friends with Guy Weadick and ran the chutes for Weadick at the 1925 Calgary Stampede, the beginning of a lasting involvement with this world famous rodeo.

He joined the Alberta Rodeo Company in 1927 and made a major contribution to this traveling rodeo troop which covered more than 30,000 miles and staged rodeos in both Canada and the United States.

Dick Cosgrave gained his greatest recognition as a chuckwagon driver. His record shows he was the best on the circuit during his 20 successive years of racing. During these years, which extended from 1926 to 1946, he won the Chuckwagon Championship ten times, a record which remains unbroken.

He was appointed Arena Director of the Calgary Stampede in 1947 and, with great effort and dedication, helped guide it towards its present excellence in the world of rodeo.

In 1969, Dick Cosgrave retired as Arena Director of the Calgary Stampede after having served in that capacity for 22 years. He was named an Honorary Director of the Stampede and continued to actively attend and contribute to Stampede Committee meetings until he passed away at his ranch home at Rosebud, Alberta on the morning of January 18, 1973.





TOM<br /> DORCHESTER

TOM
DORCHESTER

Tom Dorchester - Contestant
Inducted - July 1, 1984

Born into a wagon racing family, May 31, 1911, this staunch cowboy was destined to become one of Canada's foremost chuckwagon drivers. The Angus Ridge District south of Wetaskiwin, Alberta was his home. His father taught him the skills of chariot and chuckwagon racing and by age 11 Tom entered, and won, his first race at the Wetaskiwin Fair. Driving his own chuckwagon was his ambition and by the 1940's he had achieved this. . In 1944, he raced professionally for the first time and for many years he drove the Jack Sheckter wagon and later the Stewart Ranches wagon.

With the support of his wife, Joy Shantz, and their six children, Tom's career as a chuckwagon champion escalated. In 1966, 1969, 1970 and 1971 he won the Canadian Chuckwagon Championships and was fondly known as "King of the Chucks." Winning the famous Calgary Stampede was a feat that eluded him for 21 years, but he finally succeeded in 1970 and again 1971. Among his titles are five Central Alberta Chuckwagon Championships, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972.

Hospitalized in 1973 with a broken spine after a spill at Morris, Manitoba, Tom was forced to convalesce for several months. He announced his retirement from active competition in 1974. However, chuckwagon racing being in his blood, he re-entered competition and won the first North American Chuckwagon Racing Championship at High River in 1976.

He served as chuckwagon director of the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association for several years and in 1973 was awarded the Woodward's "Cowboy of the Year" trophy.

The people of his community, in both Wainwright and Westerose honored him with "Dorchester Night" in 1973 and 1976 respectively.

His love of rodeo still keeps him an ardent fan in his retirement.





EARL W. BASCOM

EARL W. BASCOM

Earl Bascom - Contestant
Inducted - November 10, 1984.

Earl was born in a log cabin on the 101 Ranch near Vernal, Utah, 180 miles from Salt Lake City, on June 19, 1906. He came to Canada in 1914, entering his first professional rodeo in 1918.

One of his best years was 1933 when he won second place in North American Championship contest at Calgary, set a new world record time and placed third in the world standings for the year.

As a member of the Rodeo Historical Society, Earl Bascom is known in rodeo history as the inventor of two important pieces of rodeo equipment. In 1922 he designed and made a hornless bronc saddle which everyone called the "mulee". In 1924 he designed and made a one handed bareback rigging. Today, the two items are standard equipment used at all professional rodeos throughout the U.S.A. and Canada.

Bascom is said to be the first cowboy to go through college (B.Y.U.) on money earned from rodeo competition. There were no amateur or college circuits back then and all events were with the top hands in the world at that time.

He is an honorary member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the U.S.A. as well as a life member of the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Rodeo Historical Society at Oklahoma City.

Earl loves to chat about the early days of rodeo, a sport he helped pioneer, creating innovations that are still in evidence today. He's done it all in his time, from acting to cowboying and now to art, using bronze sculptures to recreate his days "going down the road" as an original in the world's toughest sport, rodeo.





FIVE MINUTES<br /> TO MIDNIGHT

FIVE MINUTES
TO MIDNIGHT

Five Minutes To Midnight - Animal
Inducted - November 10, 1984

Five Minutes to Midnight was born around 1921. Bill Winters of Indus, Alberta., bought him at the pound in 1924. The little black horse stood out from the rest as being a little wilder and was very difficult to halter break. Boyd McIntyre entered him in the bucking contest at Langdon, Alberta. held during fair time, under the name of "Two Minutes to Midnight." Later on someone changed the "Two" to "Five Minutes to Midnight."

Bill ended up selling him to Pete Welsh for $100. Welsh and the newly formed “Alberta Stampede Company” featured the two famous black horses Midnight and Five Minutes to Midnight. These two horses traveled together, to Europe, and across Canada and the U.S.A. In 1928 they were sold to Jim Eskew and he in turn sold them to Vern Elliott and Eddie McCarty, then later to Vern Elliott Rodeo Corp.

Vern realized that "Five" just plain did not like or trust humans. Vern's straw boss, Louis Kubitz (Screamin' "Hi Ki") got the chance to weigh him at Fort Worth. "Five" was a mere 859 lbs, 14-1/2 hands of black dynamite. So the actual light weight of "Five" balanced against his record, helps point out his remarkable ability. "Five" was a thinking critter and when he wasn't getting his job done one way, he'd change his style in mid-stream and so compensated for his lack of size with determination and "smarts."

Vern retired him in 1945 and "Five" died later that year. He was buried alongside his compadre, Midnight. Both Midnight and Five were moved from their burial grounds at Vern's ranch to be interred on the grounds of the National Cowboys Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, a move that they truly earned and deserved.





A.  K. LUND

A. K. LUND

Art Lund - contestant
Inducted - July 9, 1984

One of the best-known rodeo families in Southern Alberta is the Lund family. A.K. (Art) Lund was born April 7, 1903 on a farm near Raymond. Art was one of eleven children of Deloss and Mary Allen Lund, five girls and six boys; Andy, Art, Clark, Rozzel, Harry and Ersel (known as Bronc).

Art started riding race horses at nine or ten years of age and started riding broncs at 16. By 1924, Art and Andy were considered two of the top cowboys in Canada. As a result, they were chosen to represent Canada in England. This was truly a highlight in his rodeo career.

Art competed actively in rodeos throughout North America for nearly 30 years except for one year when, 1943, he had appendicitis. He won 16 firsts at 16 rodeos in Steer Decorating from Calgary to Montana. This gave him a comfortable lead for the championship of the world for which he was crowned. He has twice held the Canadian All Around Championship in 1937 and 1940. In 1937 he also won the World's Steer Decorating. In 1938 he was offered the chance to go to Australia to represent Canada. He declined and his brother Clark went in his place.

Art was 45 when he rode his last horse at Shelby, Montana in 1948. Since his retirement from active rodeo competition he judged many rodeos and was arena director and rodeo producer in southern Alberta to Montana. Art has been honoured by the Calgary Stampede Board in 1981 and was presented with a silver buckle with the Calgary Stampede brand on it. In 1983, he was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

At the age of 80, Art still sits tall in the saddle as was evident at the Raymond Rodeo last year when he was honored there.

Art, at the present time resides in the Prairie Rose Lodge in Milk River, Alberta.





LLOYD MYERS

LLOYD MYERS

Lloyd Myers - Builder
Inducted - November 25, 1984

Lloyd Myers was born in Lower Salem, Ohio in 1895. He moved to Vanguard, Saskatchewan in 1906 and first competed in the saddle bronc riding at age 18.

For years he competed at local rodeos in Saskatchewan and Montana. During much of this time, his only means of transportation was his horse, Sonny.

In the early 1930's Lloyd successfully competed in the Saddle Bronc riding at most of the major rodeos in Canada and the United States.

Lloyd's interests turned to rodeo production and we recognize that his contribution to the sport of rodeo during the 1930's and 1940's was of major significance to the development and preservation of rodeo in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Many of the present day rodeos in these provinces, were originally started by Lloyd Myers.

In the early 1950's he retired from active rodeo involvement and moved to the Moose Jaw area.

Lloyd Myers is truly a gentleman and a cowboy.





DON THOMSON

DON THOMSON

Don Thomson - Contestant
Inducted - July 9, 1984

Don's family came to Alberta before the turn of the century and homesteaded in the Black Diamond area in 1905. They had a large family, ten boys and two girls, Don being born in 1911.

The ranching background led Don to feel comfortable in the saddle and by 1933 he entered his first rodeo at Calgary, Alberta. He was an all around hand, competing in the Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling and the Wild Horse Race and Wild Cow Milking.

From 1935 to 1937 he competed in many major rodeos in the United States. He excelled in Bull Riding in 1937 and won the event a Gresham, Ellensburg, Centralia, Walla Walla and Omack. At Centralia he also won the Bareback Riding.

Don's rodeo career was not without injury, for in 1926 at Chicago he broke his wrist before the ride and his neck once the ride was over. A mean fracture to the thigh in 1937 curtailed his riding career and it wasn't until further surgery to the leg in 1938, that he was able to compete again.

Six of the Thomson boys were well known rodeo cowboys, that were considered short in stature and long in courage.

One of Don's most coveted memories was when he won both the Bull Riding and the North American All Around at the Calgary Stampede in 1937.

With his marriage to Leona Connley of Turner Valley in 1942, Don's responsibilities became heavier at home and by 1943 he had retired from active competition. His rodeo involvement, however, has still continued. He supplied the cows and calves for the Calgary Stampede from 1948 to 1983. He spent 12 years doing a variety of judging for them including chuckwagon, riding events and chute judge.

The Calgary Stampede honoured him in 1976 as a "Pioneer of Rodeo".





JACK WADE

JACK WADE

Jack Wade - Contestant
Inducted - November 10, 1984

Jack Wade was born June 6, 1910 at Wakefield, England and came to Halkirk, Alberta where he lived until 1936, with three sisters and six brothers.

He started his rodeo career in 1925 at Battle River, Alberta, riding mane hold mounts. He claims he made more money there in two days than ranch work paid in two months.

For ten years he farmed and took in most summer rodeos in Alberta. In 1932 he trailed a chuckwagon and some bucking horses to Calgary. One horse, Typhoon, won the Calgary's best bucking horse money. Jack drove chuckwagon for a time in the Calgary Stampede, until 1936, when he entered his first rodeo in the U.S.

Jack went to Sidney, Australia in 1938, winning the Steer Wrestling, returned in 1939, only to have a horse fall and Jack broke his foot.

Some of Jack's accomplishments were All Around Cowboy 1936 in Dauphin, Manitoba and winning the Pendleton Round Up. He also won:

World Bronc Riding - 1939
Calgary North American All Around - 1940
Calgary Steer Decorating - 1940
Calgary Steer Riding - 1940
Calgary 2nd Bareback Riding - 1940
Calgary 1st Bareback Riding - 1942
Iowa State Fair All Around - 1941

He married Jeffie Gray of Hardy, Arkansas on June 2, 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas. From 1947 to 1953 he judged in Calgary as well as St. Paul, Minnesota, Omaha, Spokane, Ponoka and Stettler, to mention a few. Having quit the rodeo run in the early 1950's and finding little work in Canada, they moved to California. Here Jack drove an Auto Transport for 17 years. Still living in Modesto, California, Jack has retired due to health problems.





SLIM WATRIN

SLIM WATRIN

Slim Watrin - Contestant
Inducted - July 9, 1984

Born in Iowa on February 24, 1901, Slim Watrin moved with his family to a ranch in the High River district when he was but nine years old. When his father passed away, Slim was just 16. Being the eldest son he took over the ranch and looked after the family.

Two years later he rode in his first Saddle Bronc competition at Aldersyde, Alberta and won first prize.

With this encouragement, he went on entering rodeos all over the province and gained recognition as a top Saddle Bronc rider. By 1924, he was well established and won 13 of the 16 rodeos he entered. Traveling east in 1926, he won the Saddle Bronc riding at the Ottawa Centenary Rodeo. A healthy $1,500 and the Douglas Fairbanks trophy was his reward. At Toronto that same year, he captured the bronc riding again and was awarded the Carlsrite Hotel Trophy.

In 1928, at Calgary, Slim won the North American. For this he received two trophies, one donated by the Chrysler company and the other donated by the Governor General of Canada. Slim traveled to the U.S. that year to a rodeo in Chicago where he won money 12 of the 14 days.

Winning the Canadian at Calgary in 1931, Slim was awarded a white gold pocket watch, the E.W. Beatty trophy and a silver cigarette case donated by the Prince of Wales.

Rodeo has been good to Slim and for ten years he traveled all over Canada and the U.S. He broke his leg at the Sundre rodeo in 1932 and this put him out of competition for a full year.

Slim joined the Air Force in 1941 and on his discharge in 1946, he moved his family to ranch at Rocky Mountain House.

Ill health forced the family into early retirement and at 62 Slim sold the ranch and moved to Lethbridge where he and his wife still reside.





CLEM  GARDNER

CLEM GARDNER

Clem Gardner - Contestant
Inducted - July 8, 1985

Clem Gardner, a leathery individual, who ranched west of Calgary in the Primez Creek area, enjoyed many years of active rodeo involvement. Being ranch raised, riding broncs and roping steers was a part of his everyday life. Competing local contests, preceding the 1912 Calgary Stampede, Gardner was well prepared to participate at Calgary's 1912 Extravaganza where he walked away with the Canadian All Around Championship and was presented with a trophy saddle.

He continued to competed in rough stock, calf and steer roping events until 1923, when at the age of 37, Clem chose to retire from the riding evens but still entered the calf and steer roping events

In 1923 he also entered his VU Ranch chuck wagon outfit in the Rangeland Derby for the first time and continued to race it until 1946. His wagon was wrecked on three separate occasions. In 1931, he won the Chuck wagon Championship and for many years his penalty free 1:14 was the track record.

Clem Gardner's greatest thrill came in the summer of 1952 when he was presented with an illuminated scroll which was inscribed: "Presented on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede to Clem Gardner of Primez Creek, judged by the Calgary Stampede Committee, to be the 1912 contestant who has in the years from 1912 to 1952 contributed most to the growth and success of the Stampede."

In later years, Clem's love of horse flesh drew him to participate more in Canadian horse show events. He also owned and operated a small racing stable where he raised thoroughbreds. He was a member of the judge's panel of the Canadian Horse Show Association. Served as President of the Alberta Thoroughbred Association, the Alberta Horse Breeders Association and was a long time member of the Alberta Light Horse Association. Clem also played polo and competed in this international sport.

At 70 years of age this lean and muscular man still managed his twenty-four hundred head cattle ranch. A boy scout camp named "Camp Gardner" located in the Primez Creek area is an ongoing memorial honouring the charitable activities of this respected man. There was no room in his life for the rocking chair and he passed away at his home in 1963 at the age of 77.





FRED KENNEDY

FRED KENNEDY

Fred Kennedy - Builder
Inducted - July 8, 1985

This feisty "I write as I please," Calgarian, made his name as a journalist through the years 1919 to 1957. For 30 of those years he covered rodeo results and through his effects, The Calgary Herald became totally engulfed in rodeo for one week each July.

Fred Kennedy, who was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1900, came to Canada in 1912 and started as a police reporter for the morning Albertan when he was 19.

In 1925 Fred took a brief leave of absence from journalism, to travel with Peter Welsh's Alberta Stampede Company staging competitive rodeos across Canada and the United States. Among his duties were Promotion Manager and Arena Director.

When he returned to Calgary in 1928, he accepted the post of Sports Editor for the Calgary Herald. His ability to cover ranching, rodeos, horse shows, racing, reporting, publishing and countless other fields, led him to assignments covering Alberta Legislation and the fast growing Social Credit movement in 1934. As a result of this, he was assigned to the Alberta Legislation Press Gallery in Edmonton in 1935 and was honored by this association electing him a life membership in 1970.

The ever growing Calgary Exhibition and Stampede found the need for a Publicity Manager in 1957 and offered Fred this new post. He took the challenge and devoted the next eight years to making the Calgary Stampede a household word throughout the country.

Though his eyesight was failing badly, Fred wrote the finale of his journalistic career, the 215,000 word book "Alberta Was My Beat" in 1975. This has become a collector's item.





HARRY KNIGHT

HARRY KNIGHT

Harry Knight - CONTESTANT/BUILDER
Inducted - November 19, 1985

This colorful cowboy has built his life around rodeo. He was born in Quebec, September 19, 1907 and as a youngster moved to Banff, Alberta with his family where his father ran a lake resort hotel. Working with the Brewsters, Harry spent many years breaking horses for their dude ranch and pack string. With this introduction into bronc riding, it wasn't long before Harry entered his first rodeo in Sundre, Alberta in 1925.

By 1926 he won the Canadian Saddle Bronc and Bareback Riding Championship at the Calgary Stampede. He was considered one of the toughest day-money riders in the business. Harry excelled in Saddle Bronc event, although he also entered Bareback, Steer Decorating, Calf Roping and Steer Riding.

A severe injury at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 nearly ended his riding career, however this dedicated cowboy recovered to compete for the next eight years.

In 1937 Harry turned to stock contracting and upon the death of Leo Cramer in 1954, he and Gene Autry bought his business, expanding their operation.

By 1959 they had consolidated with the "Flying A" on Evertt Colborn's retirement. "Knight's Flying A" Rodeo Ranch one time housed over 600 head of rodeo stock.

He was the first rodeo stock contractor to ever be put on the board of the R.C.A. representing the stock contractors.

He is a member of the board of Board of Trustee's of the "Hall of Champions," located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He is currently living in Fowler, Colorado, in good health, still riding horses and ranching with his son.





TOM LAUDER

TOM LAUDER

Tom Lauder - contestant
Inducted - June 30, 1985

When it comes to chuckwagon racing, the name "Lauder" will go down in history. A decision between Tom and a friend, Ray Bailey, to outfit a wagon and enter the Rangeland Derby in Calgary in 1924, brought Tom his first World Chuckwagon driving championship. His first outriders were his son Bob, Ray's son Bill, Jonsey and a man from Cochrane.

Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1888, Tom traveled by buckboard with his parents and sister to Innisfail, Alberta where his father had set up a practice in veterinary medicine.

Tom learned to ride and care for horses at a very early age and when he was but nine-years-old he was riding race horses in the area. At 11 he got his first real life cowboy job. Tom learned many of the veterinary procedures from his father and through the years he excelled at handling horses and also doctoring them.

He married in 1913 and him and his wife Goldie raised eight children, most of whom became outriders and rodeo contestants. Their daughter, Iris, married Ron Glass , who is also a champion chuckwagon driver.

Tom was a contestant in the first Calgary Stampede in 1912 and in 1923 he entered the cart races. This preceded his chuckwagon career which won him additional titles in 1927 and 1928. He retired from driving in 1933 because of injuries during a race. However, his sons and grandsons have continued to build their dynasty in chuckwagon racing.

Tom unfortunately lost many of this trophies when a fire destroyed their home in 1937. He retired to the Elnora, Alberta area and passed away in 1974.

Tom's fearless and fiery approach to chuckwagon racing has brought excitement to thousands of spectators.





BILL MOUNKES

BILL MOUNKES

Bill Mounkes - Contestant
Inducted - July 8, 1985

Bill Mounkes was born on February 22, 1909 on a ranch near Okotoks, Alberta where his parents had settled in 1897. Being ranch raised, the opportunity to rope was always at hand and Bill spent many hours roping anything that moved.

When he was 17, he entered his first rodeo in Calgary, competing in the Calf Roping and Steer Riding as well as outriding for the Sonny Rowles chuckwagon. In one performance, he borrowed a friend's horse and won the roping. This was enough to get rodeo in his blood and he went on to compete in Stampedes throughout Alberta for several years in both the roping and Wild Cow Milking. In 1941 he won the Canadian Calf Roping Championship and placed in the top four North American at the Calgary Stampede. In Calgary, the roping was a little different in those days. There were two Championships; the Canadian and the North American, which was dally roping, eight calves to rope with four in each event.

Bill became an excellent calf roper and wild cow milker and through the years won several of the smaller rodeos throughout the province.

In October 1951, Bill was one of seven calf ropers chosen to demonstrate this event before Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh during the one day show of champions. At the reception following, he was chosen to be seated next to the Princess, representing his peers.

Bill was bald quite young and became the brunt of some of Warren Cooper's humor. Warren would announce, "Now our next calf roper is the curly-headed kid from Okotoks, Bill Mounkes." When his hat blew off, it always brought a laugh.

Bill hung up his rope in the late 1950's and now lives on the place where he grew up. This quiet gentleman was admired by his peers and was considered a credit to the sport of rodeo.





KEN THOMSON

KEN THOMSON

Ken Thomson - Builder/Contestant
Inducted - November 16, 1985

In 1945, through the persistent efforts of Ken Thomson, the Cowboys' Protective Association was formed, and rodeo cowboys would begin gain their rightful athletic recognition.

Ken Thomson was born September 13, 1914 and was raised in the Black Diamond, Alberta area on his father's ranch. He was one of eleven children, six of whom became heavily involved in rodeo. As a result of his background and his enthusiasm toward the sport of rodeo, Ken became the first president of the Cowboys' Protective Association, and held the position for nine consecutive years.

Along with his administrative duties he also found time to compete in several events.

In the late 1940's Ken began promoting and supplying stock for rodeos. In 1952 he retired from active competition but continued as a stock contractor with his partner Clarence Gingrich, developing one of the finest strings of bucking horses in western Canada.

When he was 40, Ken married Barbara Donaldson and they had three children, Kirk, Jordie and Lonnie, who also became active in the sport of rodeo.

It is interesting to note that in his early years, Ken was an avid boxer and boasts several championships. He also served his country by enlisting in the army in 1941.

Ken and his second wife Vi currently live in Sundre, where he enjoys semi-retirement. He never lost his love for rodeo and continues to attend as many as possible.

Through a progression of time and events the C.P.A. became the C.R.C.A. and ultimately the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.





URBAN ACE <br /> DOAN

URBAN ACE
DOAN

Urban Doan- Contestant
Inducted - November 15, 1986

Urban was born September 23, 1906 in a log cabin north of Halkirk, Alberta near Battle River. He first entered as a contestant in 1923 at the Battle River Stampede. He went on to compete in Canada and U.S.A. for more than 20 years.

He won the bareback riding at the Calgary Stampede in 1938, and the steer riding in 1939. It was in 1939 that he severely injured his knee while participating in the steer wrestling at Swift Current, and never quite returned to his original form, as his knee kept popping out of joint.

Because of his injury, Urban was forced to retire in 1943, but before he did, he took with him second in the 1941 Canadian Championship Bucking Horse Riding and in 1942 and 1943 he took first in the same event.

Urban traveled everywhere around the country with his many cowboy friends, who greatly admired him and enjoyed his company going down the road.

At the first annual meeting of the Canadian Cowboys Protective Association in July of 1945, Urban was the Representative of Central Alberta, and was a strong supporter of the organization.

Urban passed away on August 12, 1965 and is buried in the Galahad cemetery. In 1966 the Rodeo Cowboys erected a granite marker at the foot of his grave to depict that he was one of the outstanding contestants of his time.





PAT BURTON

PAT BURTON

Pat Burton - Contestant
Inducted - July 7, 1986

When it comes to ropers, Pat Burton stands out among the best. Pat was born in 1907 in the Porcupine Hills just west of Claresholm, Alberta.

Pat won more Calf Roping Championships at the Calgary Stampede than any other roper in the long history of the show. In 1932 Pat entered in the Canadian Roping at Calgary for the first time and he placed first. In 1933 Pat won both the Canadian and North American Calf Roping Championship events. In 1935 he repeated this achievement and continued on to win the Canadian Championship in 1937, 1940 and 1942.

Being one of five boys in his family, Pat learned to ride and rope at an early age. He used a palomino horse that his brother, Fred, had raised and trained as a rope horse. Pat realized that a great deal of credit must go to his horse as well as to his own roping ability.

Through this era of roping, Pat, as well as all the cowboys at that time, used the dally roping method, which was considered more difficult than the tied roping method, which is used today.

Pat started to slow down in the mid 1940's and ranching and race horses became his past time. He passed away in Calgary in 1977.





ALBERT <br /> GALARNEAU

ALBERT
GALARNEAU

Albert Galarneau - Contestant
Inducted - November 15, 1986

The rodeo fever got a hold of Albert in 1931 when he entered his first rodeo in Calgary, in the Boys steer riding. In 1932 he entered Calgary again but in the calf roping, and he made it to the pay window for the first time. A cowboy boot salesman from across the border told Albert to keep roping, he would be a champion someday.

With this encouragement, Albert set his sights on a Championship and nothing short of it. In 1934 he entered Calgary in the Saddle Bronc event as well as roping, but calf roping, he thought, was his better event and he later dropped the saddle bronc event.

The first trophy he ever won, a silver buckle, was in 1936 at the Sundre Rodeo.
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In 1937 he won the North American calf roping championship at Calgary on his horse, Ireland the following year, 1938, he was first in the Canadian calf roping and second in the North American calf roping. His last championship in Calgary was in 1946 with the North American calf roping award, for this he received one of the famous Charlie Biel Trophies. Over the years he won several gold watches and he says they are all still working.

In 1945 he won the Saskatchewan circuit Calf Roping title
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Albert has competed for 20 years and was well known at all rodeos around the Central part of Alberta such as Hand Hills, Coronation, Brooks, Bassano, Dorothy, Ponoka . Wherever there was a rodeo Albert was likely there.

In 1941 he acquired his first ranch, the present Calgary Stampede Ranch. He now ranches in the Youngstown and Hanna area raising cattle and heavy horses along with attending his share of rodeos.

In 1978 Albert was among a small group of old time cowboys honored as "Pioneer of Rodeo" at The Calgary Stampede.





GIB POTTER

GIB POTTER

Gib Potter - Builder
Inducted - July 8, 1986

Gib Potter was born in 1906 and has fond memories of an active and well-spent youth. From his late teens into his early 20's, Gib toured North America as a professional trick roper and rider in some of the top wild west shows and rodeos of the 1920's. By 1925, he was a regular on the prairie stampede circuits, including the Calgary Stampede, where in 1927 he acquired one of his most precious memories, when he captured the last Canadian Trick and Fancy Rope Championship title ever held in this country.

At the time, the 21-year-old Potter was in the prime of his career. He could do somersault catches; spin a loop, jump in the air and do a flip through the loop, then throw the lariat, catching a passing horse by the feet, without tripping the animal. He would also rope a horse while standing on his head on his saddle. Another stunt he perfected was to simultaneously lasso six galloping horses around their collective torsos.

In 1940 he met and married an attractive speed skater named Margaret Buchanan, who he taught to ride, and throughout the 1940's and 1950's the Potters performed together as a team.

Midway through the Second World War, in 1942, Gib joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. He was stationed in Halifax, where he entertained for his fellow sailors. During this period he began to do cartoons for navy publications on a regular basis. After the war, he continued his drawing, freelancing cartoons to a variety of publications, including rodeo magazines in Calgary, Fort Worth and even Australia.

Gib was, at various times, chairman of the Saskatoon Light Horse Show, President of the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association, president of the Saskatoon Riding Club and chairman of the Saskatoon rodeo from 1960 to 1980.





SYKES <br /> ROBINSON

SYKES
ROBINSON

Sykes Robinson - Contestant
Inducted - November 15, 1986

Sykes Robinson was born June 27, 1904, and was raised at Jumping Pound, Alberta. As a kid he liked to work with horses, putting up ice in the winters and working as a pony boy at Banff in the summer.

He won the Saddle Bronc event at the local Jumping Pound Stampede at the age of 18. That is where he got the rodeo bug.

In 1923, Sykes worked as a cowhand at Jenner, Alberta and also broke horses. It was during these years that Sykes competed at all the rodeos in Alberta. At one time or another he won every rodeo but Lethbridge. “I never could make money in that town.” Sykes used to chuckle.

In 1923 he also took second at Medicine Hat. Then in 1927 Pete Knight and Sykes split first in Vancouver. From Vancouver he went to Ottawa and took top money, $600.00 in the bronc riding on Midnight. Back in Calgary in 1928 he placed second in the North American Saddle Bronc and won a pair of gold and silver spurs. He went on to compete at Madison Square Gardens riding 19 bulls in 19 days, to win the event. Jack Dempsey presented him with a gold pocket watch.

Sykes rode at Calgary from 1923 to 1941, but 1939 was the big year. That was the year he won the Canadian Championship. The Prince of Wales presented him with a beautiful trophy and an engraved silver cigarette case.

As time went on, Sykes went into a Senior Citizen’s Lodge in Calgary. His eyes would light up when he talked about rodeo, and when he remembered his buddies of years ago. At the lodge nobody called him “Mr. Robinson”, they just called him “The Cowboy”. Sykes passed away January 10, 1978 at the age of 73.





LORNE <br /> THOMPSON

LORNE
THOMPSON

Lorne Thompson - Contestant/ Builder
Inducted - July 25, 1986

Lorne Thompson was born on September 13, 1906, in Grandview, Manitoba. His family moved to the Medicine Hat area and homesteaded east of Pashley.

In 1927 Lorne started entering rodeos, his first win was at Maklin, Saskatchewan and his next win came at Lusland, Saskatchewan where he won a pony. He definitely had been bitten by the rodeo bug, he sold the pony for $25 and hocked his suit and entered the Calgary Stampede with the money. He won $75 day money in the North American Bronc Riding and reclaimed his suit!

He went on to Saskatoon and got a job with a Wild West Show for $15 per week, riding up to ten broncs per day. The wild west show went to Winnipeg, Port Arthur and Toronto. At Toronto the show had 24 performances from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. Lorne rode a bronc at each show. A leg injury caused him to return home to the west.

Lorne continued to rodeo and placed consistently in the Bronc Riding, Steer Riding and Wild Horse Race until 1936. In 1934 he married Gladys Mayberry and started working at the Medicine Hat Feed Lot during the winter. In 1945, Lorne and Jim Taylor purchased the feed lot.

A meeting forming the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede saw Lorne appointed head of the Stampede Committee in 1947. Lorne spent many years directly involved in the preparation and presentation of the Stampede. During Lorne's Presidency of the Medicine Hat Stampede in 1971 to 1972, the race track and agricultural arcade were completed, evidence of his commitment and dedication to grounds improvement.

On July 16, 1981 the Cypress Center, the Exhibition and Stampede's new multi-purpose complex was officially opened and dedicated to Lorne Thompson. The dedication reads: "In recognition of his efforts in the community and especially his contributions to our Exhibition and Stampede."





CLIFF <br /> VANDERGRIFT

CLIFF
VANDERGRIFT

Cliff Vandergrift - Contestant/ Builder
Inducted - July 7, 1986

Cliff was born the eldest of four boys and two girls, in Dietrick, Illinois, U.S.A. on December 10, 1912. His family came to Canada when he was 12 years old and settled in Elnora, Alberta. The family continued to farm there, but Cliff moved on to the Turner Valley area and began his own farming and ranching operation.

Cliff joined the C.P.A. in 1947, his main event being Calf Roping. He won the championship in this event four years; 1949, 1953, 1954 and 1958 at the age of 45 years he became the oldest cowboy to win a Canadian Championship in Professional Rodeo.

He also competed in the Wild Horse Race and Wild Cow Milking events. He won the Horse Race Championship on eight different occasions and the Cow Milking on three. In all he won 15 Canadian Championships.

Vandergrift, who was sometimes called the ageless wonder, was asked by a fellow competitor just how old he was. Cliff smiled and remarked, "One year younger than Jack Benny."

Cliff was the president of the C.P.A. from 1954 to 1956. This was a growing period for the association and his strong leadership abilities were an asset. They say Cliff spoke his opinion and was proud of his opinion, he never mellowed with age. Vandergrift never quit competing, he was an active Team Roper right up until the day before he passed away. When he went to a rodeo he was always interested in every event.

Cliff Vandergrift passed away peacefully in his home in Turner Valley on March 17, 1991.





CARL 'SLIM' <br /> DORIN

CARL 'SLIM'
DORIN

Carl Dorin - Contestant/Builder
Inducted - July 1, 1987

Slim Dorin was born in the Wetaskiwin, Alberta area in 1913 and went to school in Bruce for a few years but like many of that era, his father felt his main duties were to work on the farm, thus ending his formal schooling. In the early 1930's, rodeo being a way to earn a few extra dollars, Slim moved to B.C. to compete, he states that he earned about $35 in the bulldogging even that season. In 1933 he went to Merritt to work a rodeo and was offered a job at Douglas Lake Ranch, a relationship which lasted for 28 years.

During Slim's rodeo days he was named All Around Cowboy on several occasions, won the Nicola Valley Bronc Riding Trophy and turned his hand at running some rodeos in B.C. He was in charge of Merritt rodeo for three years from 1937 to 1939 inclusive, helped make Cloverdale a professional rodeo in 1947 and 1948. He also handled the Williams Lake rodeo for a number of years and changed it to a July 1 date. In 1952 he moved to Williams Lake and was selling cattle for the Cariboo Cattlemen's Association. He was elected president and manager of the Williams Lake Stampede in 1953.

In 1945 Slim was appointed representative of the Cowboys’ Protective Association in B.C. He received his life membership in the C.R.C.A in 1969, something he is very proud of to this day.

It is obvious when talking to Slim that his first love was rodeo and if he could live his life over, rodeo would still be a very large part in this man's life. His contribution to the rodeo and the cattle industry in British Columbia have been great. Slim Dorin, All Around Cowboy and Cow Boss, has many stories to tell that give some indication as to the history behind a man who has the respect of all who know him.





FRANK DUCE

FRANK DUCE

Frank Duce - Contestant
Inducted - November 14, 1987

Frank Duce started his rodeo career in 1936 as a Calf Roper. Two years later he was entering the bareback riding and in 1940 started to ride saddle broncs mostly competing in Canadian rodeos.

By 1945 he was competing on both sides of the border and won or placed at rodeos such as Madison Square Gardens, Boston, Cheyenne, Fort Worth and Denver and many others. Throughout his career he won nearly every rodeo in Canada.

In 1945 he was the "Canadian" Saddle Bronc Champion at Calgary and was declared "Canadian" All Around Cowboy in 1945 and 46 also at Calgary, and won the coveted North American Saddle Bronc Championship in 1952.

Frank was the CPA Saddle Bronc riding champion of Canada in 1951 and 1952 and won the Southern Circuit Championship four times. A true all around performer Frank once competed in six events at the Fort Macleod Stampede.

Frank was born at Cardston, Alberta in 1919. He and his wife, Rose, have three children, Jack, Jerri and Joy. Jack competed for several years while Jerri and Joy were famous for their trick riding performances and barrel racing.





JOE FISHER

JOE FISHER

Joe Fisher - Contestant
Inducted - July 6, 1987

Joe Fisher was born in Calgary, Alberta on September 28, 1902. Joe's father was a horse rancher, raising many of the good light horse breeds of that era. It was during the years prior to 1920 and up through 1921, that Joe began riding broncs. At that time he was a Bareback rider and the competition was usually held at the various ranches. In 1922 Joe decided to make rodeo his career. He was good and all the ranch hands encouraged him to "go for it". One of his first shows was at the Bragg Creek Stampede as an amateur. Joe went on to win and place in top money in the Saddle Bronc event during the remainder of his long career, but occasionally entered other events.

Joe competed and won at the Hand Hills and Raymond, Alberta Saddle Bronc event. It was at one of these small Alberta shows that Joe got an opportunity to travel and compete with the Pete Welsh Shows. Joe was the first Canadian to ever finish in the top money in the Open Saddle Bronc event in Tucson, Arizona. He went on to compete in and do well at Amarillo, Texas, Columbia, Ohio, Pendleton Roundup and Madison Square Gardens in New York. Joe was very successful in Toronto and Montreal, finishing in top money - splitting first and second with the top cowboys and using the best bucking horses in the world at that time. Heading back west to the Calgary Stampede for the big show in 1923, Joe competed against and beat Pete Knight for the "North American Saddle Bronc Event." Joe was also the first cowboy in the world to make a qualified ride on the great bucking horse "Five Minutes to Midnight."

At the Calgary Stampede, Joe became field a chute judge at many shows. Joe stayed with the Calgary show for 20 years and was one of the original rule markers, as we know them today.

Joe Fisher married Jan Von Rummel in 1933 and moved to their ranch west of Kew, Alberta on Ware Creek. The had two sons, Pete and his wife Pat still reside in the ranch log house that Joe had built, and Jodie (Joe) and his wife Murnia reside at Okotoks, Alberta. Joe resides at the High Country Lodge at Black Diamond, Alberta where friends stop by for a coffee and talk about the good old rodeo days.





HUGHIE LONG

HUGHIE LONG

Hughie Long - contestant
Inducted - July 6, 1987

Hughie Long, known to everyone as the Prongua Kid, was born on May 12, 1907. He was the eldest of nine children. Working on the farm to earn his keep, Hughie quickly became accustomed to working with livestock.

At the age of 17, Hughie entered his first rodeo, although he made the finals, the teenage bronc rider did not win, in fact he was thrown with such velocity that he remained motionlessly for a few moments before making a wobbly exit to the sidelines.

In the upcoming years he would straddle more than a few. In 1926 the Prongy Kid, who was 19 at the time, became a familiar name in Canadian stampede circles. That was the year that Hughie captured the Saskatchewan Bronc Riding Championship and rode off with $80 prize money in his pocket and a trophy tied to his saddle.

In 1931 Hughie went to the Chicago International Rodeo and when the dust settled, he had won the Bareback riding and took third in the Bull Riding. From Chicago he went on to duplicate these feats at both New York and Boston, the three biggest shows in the nation. For the next decade, the name Hughie Long would reign among the best in Bronc and Bull Riding.

A highly successful horseman and trainer he was one of the most respected men to ever don the title of American Quarter Horse Association judge.

Hughie Long has won many rodeo titles through the years and has met and traveled with many famous cowboys. In 1984 he was inducted into the "Cowboy Hall of Fame" at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Hughie presently resides with his wife, Helen in Cesson, Texas.





JIM MAXWELL

JIM MAXWELL

Jim Maxwell - Builder
Inducted - November 14, 1987

Jim Maxwell was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 19, 1904 and moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1906 where he was raised. In 1924 he married Helen Mickle. He worked for Calgary Power Co. in Seebe, Alberta from 1927-1937. During that time he met many cowboys including Pete and Harry Knight.

In 1937 he was transferred to Calgary, Alberta and in 1946 had the fortune of meeting Ken Thomson who was looking for someone in Calgary to take over position of Secretary Treasurer of the Cowboys' Protective Association. Jim accepted the position and started in March 1946, working out of his home.

At that time, the management of a few rodeos throughout Alberta resented being told how much to pay per event but he convinced them of the benefits of being members, such as publicity for their rodeos and making rodeos available to the top contestants.

Jim devised the idea of producing a rodeo directory so they could keep both the cowboys and rodeo committees updated on prize money, opening and closing dates, entry fees, etc. The directory also gave the Association a means of advertising the year end donors' products and as years went by the prizes grew in value, and championship saddles, watches and the first buckles were awarded.

Jim continued in the position as Secretary Treasurer until 1962 when he retired as the work load was too heavy for a part time job.

Jim has since retired from Trans Alta Utilities and keeps busy by participating in curling and playing golf.





JERRY MYERS

JERRY MYERS

Jerry Myers - Contestant
Inducted - July 1, 1987

Jerry was born on the family homestead at Vanguard, Saskatchewan, on June 30, 1916. He was one of a family of six, three boys and three girls, who grew up on the Saskatchewan prairies. When he was six-years-old, his mother passed away and along with the oncoming "dirty thirties" it meant that Jerry and his brothers and sisters had to accept adult responsibilities at an early age.

When he was 16 Jerry started riding in rodeos and in 1938 he produced his first rodeo at Hodgeville, Saskatchewan. He was in the army during the early part of the war but was discharged on medical grounds after a few months when he couldn't stand the long marches. (As a young boy he had smashed the toes on one foot while hauling a barrel of water on a stone boat.)

In 1955 he won the Saddle Bronc event at Swift Current Frontier Days and in 1945 he won the same event at Maple Creek. It was also in 1945 that Jerry organized Prairie Rodeo Stock and began his early rodeo productions which he continued for the next forty years till he sold in 1985. In 1947 Jerry started Myers Transport which he operated during the winter months and between rodeos in the summer. Jerry's involvement as a stock contractor and rodeo producer has kept the sport alive in Saskatchewan. He also started many new rodeos in the Province which are still running today.

Another of his big contributions to the sport was his ability to pick and develop top rodeo stock -- many of which he leased or sold to other rodeo contractors. Among these were the Brahma Bulls Dirty Girtie and Tiger, which he raised, and bucking horses’ Blue Bill, Sage Hen, Misty Mix, Red Top, Silver King, Golden Ruler and Coyote. Bucking stock originating from Jerry's string has appeared in every National Finals Rodeo since it first started in Dallas, Texas in 1959.

Moose Jaw has been Jerry's home since he left Vanguard in the early 1940's and since then he has produced 40 consecutive rodeos in the city for which he was given public recognition by the Mayor in 1985.





BOB DUCE

BOB DUCE

Bob Duce - Contestant
Inducted - November 12, 1988

Bob Duce was born July 22, 1929. He started his rodeo career at the early age of 15. He followed in the footsteps of his two brothers, Frank and Tom, both former Canadian Champions.

"Duk" as he was affectionately known by his fellow competitors was liked by all. Stock contractors said that he never complained and was always good natured.

Bob never coasted on a ride, he always went for broke and many tried to duplicate his high, wild spurring action. The crowd always got its money's worth when Bob rode.

Duce won his first Canadian Bareback Championship in 1949, and repeated this feat in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953. He won the Championship again in 1962. This was a comeback after nine years, quite a feat in any sport.

In 1951, Bob won every rodeo he entered in Canada except two, where he split second and third at one and placed second at the other. In his career he won 21 trophy saddles, more than anyone else in the business at that time.

Everyone felt that if Bob had gone hard on the circuit for one year that he would have had a good chance at being the World Champion. "Bob never really appreciated the fact that he was one of the best Bareback Riders in the World," said fellow competitor Bill Linderman.

In 1951 the three Duce Brothers won three Canadian Championships; Bob in the Bareback, Frank in the Saddle Bronc and Tom in Steer Wrestling.

At the time of Bob's fatal accident in San Francisco, California, on October 31, 1966, he was Canada's all time money winner.





JERRY AMBLER

JERRY AMBLER

Jerry Ambler - Contestant
Inducted - July 11, 1988

Jerry Ambler was born on his father's horse ranch at Minburn, Alberta on May 19, 1911. Being raised around horses Jerry learned to ride at an early age , and it wasn't long before he entered his first rodeo. Starting out in the boys Steer Riding Jerry soon graduated to Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding.

In 1932 he journeyed to New York where he won day money at Madison Square Gardens and second at Boston. He was the Canadian Champion Saddle Bronc rider at Calgary in 1937 and won the Bull Riding for three consecutive years, 1941, 42, 43, also winning the North American Saddle Bronc title in 1941and 1946.

In 1944 Jerry was doing some roping in the corral at his ranch when his saddle horse caught him off guard, bucked him off and broke his arm putting him out of action for that year.

Jerry's greatest achievement came in 1946 when he was declared the World's Champion Saddle Bronc Rider with a three thousand point lead over his nearest rival.

A slight built man, Jerry rode with a style that was pure balance and was considered a classic rider and a true champion.

Ambler was fatally injured in a car accident in 1958 and was laid to rest in Montecello, Utah.





HAROLD <br /> MANDEVILLE

HAROLD
MANDEVILLE

Harold Mandeville - Contestant
Inducted - November 12, 1988

C.P.R.A. Life Member, Harold Mandeville, was born at Skiff, Alberta, on July 7, 1925.
Harold joined the newly formed Cowboys' Protective Association in 1946 and won his first championship that same year. In more than 20 years of competition he has competed in every event except the saddle bronc riding.

He is the holder of eight major Canadian championships, five of which he won in the steer decorating and steer wrestling in 1946, 1947, 1952, 1957 and 1966; one in the calf roping in 1960; one in the bareback riding in 1947.

He won the coveted All-Around championship in 1965, the All-Around championship in Canada is awarded to the cowboy who has won money in at least three events during the year, one of which must be a timed event and one a riding event. In order to qualify, at age 40, Harold entered and placed in the bull riding an event he had not entered in several years.

He holds the largest spread between championships in the Canadian rodeo record books, 20 years, from 1946 to 1966, which is a remarkable feat.

The Canadian Steer Wrestling standings list Harold in second place in 1949, third in 1950 and 1965, fourth in 1967 and fifth in 1960. The Bareback riding records place him fourth in 1948 and third in 1951. He also won the Canadian All-Around award at the Calgary stamped in 1951.

In 1963 Harold and his wife Pearl established the publication Canadian Rodeo News. They published the paper from their home in Lethbridge, Alberta until 1967 when it was moved to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association office in Calgary.

In 1972 the C.N. Woodward “Cowboy of the Year” award was presented to Harold.

The Mandevilles now make their home in Lethbridge and farm in the Skiff and Lethbridge area.





WANDA DEE

WANDA DEE

Wanda Dee -Animal
Inducted - July 11, 1988

Wanda Dee was a Palomino Filly, gentle as a lamb at the age of two years. She grew to be a beautiful horse 15.3 hands high, weighing 1300 pounds. She was owned by Johnny Grant of Standard Alberta where she was foaled in 1947.

When she was broke to ride, the boys and Johnny used her when there was any work to do. As the years went by there was less and less work for her so it was decided to let her become a brood mare. After her first foal was born, her temperament changed and every time the boys rode her she tried bucking and eventually bucked Johnny off breaking his pelvis. The Grants decided at this point to let her have her chance and sold her to the Calgary Stampede in 1958 for $150.00.

Wanda Dee became one of the top bucking horses in the Calgary Stampede and in 1964 was named the Bucking Horse of the Year by the Rodeo Cowboys Association of America.

In 1969 at the age of twenty-two she was bucked for the last time and was later led up on the stage at Calgary and given retirement honours. She was turned out on the Stampede Ranch at Hanna where she lived out her life. She is buried on the ranch.





J. M. (Jack) <br> DILLON

J. M. (Jack)
DILLON

Jack Dillon - Builder
Inducted - July 10, 1989

John Michael Dillon was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1883. At the age of three his parents moved to the U.S. and settled in Chicago. He got his first job on a horse ranch in the sand hills of Nebraska and later "punched cows" in the Dakotas. From there he moved to a livestock commission firm in Sioux City, Iowa. He then returned to Chicago for a holiday and married his childhood sweetheart, Jesse. The couple moved out west to Montana and settled on a ranch in the Ekalaka area.

During World War One he supervised the purchase and training of thousands of horses for the French army. Following the armistice, he moved to Alberta and managed the OH Ranch for Pat Burns. He then moved to Calgary and became manager of Burns Feed Lot and also became very active in the oil industry. Jack Dillon was best known through his association with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede which lasted nearly 30 years.

When Guy Weadick retired as arena director in the early 1930's, Dillon was named to succeed him and held this position until his retirement in 1946. He then became a director of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

Jack organized the Alberta Stampede Directors Association in 1933 and was a member of the International Rodeo Association. Among the honors he received during his active life, was Honorary Secretary of the Western Stock growers Association and Honorary President of the Cowboys' Protective Association.

He passed away on March 15, 1948 in Calgary.





REG KESLER

REG KESLER

Reg Kesler - Contestant/ Builder
Inducted - November 11, 1989

From the time Reg Kesler started his rodeo career at the age of 14 until he retired from competition in 1967 he was one of the few cowboys who competed in all five major events as well as the Wild Cow Milking, Wild Horse Race, and Outrider in the Chuckwagon Races. He was also an accomplished Pick-Up man. He entered his first rodeo at Raymond, competing in the Boys Steer Riding.

Reg was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on October 16, 1919 and was raised in the Raymond area, where as a teenager, he worked for the legendary Ray Knight. In 1943, Reg moved to Rosemary, Alberta where he took 36 cows on a share basis and began his own ranching operation.


Reg Kesler's name first appeared in the record books in 1948. He was the Canadian Champion All-Around, winning a total of $1,960 and the first trophy saddle awarded by the C.P.A. He won the coveted title twice more, in 1951 and 1953, he was also crowned the Canadian All-Around Champion at the Calgary Stampede in 1949 and 1950. Reg's name appears many times in the Canadian Standings from 1948 through 1955, in a number of different events.

While traveling the rodeo circuit, Reg realized there was a growing demand for good bucking horses. It didn't take long before he put together a good string of rough stock and became a Contractor and Rodeo Producer. Since the early 1950's he has supplied stock to Canadian rodeos from Vancouver to Winnipeg, including the 1967 Expo held in Montreal, as well as many rodeos in the U.S.A. In 1962, he leased the Miller Creek Ranch at Missoula, Montana, where he based his U.S. operation.

His source of pride is the high number of his stock that have been selected for the Canadian and National Finals Rodeos, and also the championships they have won in both Canada and the United States.






THREE BARS

THREE BARS

Three Bars - Animal
Inducted - November 11, 1989

In the spring of 1965 rodeo stock contractor Reg Kesler of Rosemary, Alberta purchased a 4 year old mare from Bill McBeth of Lethbridge, Alberta. Unknown to Kesler at the time, the acquisition of the bucking horse began a true professional rodeo legacy.

Kesler's famed bucking Three Bars became more than a champion in the rodeo arena. In fact Three Bars went on to be the backbone of one of the world's most successful bucking horse breeding programs. Three Bars was noted earlier in her career as being a standout among the many horses used in the rodeo arena.

In 1967 she was awarded her first title as the Best Bareback Horse at the National Finals Rodeo. She repeated the victory again in 1973 and 1980. She claimed a total of five runner up awards once in 1966, 1967, 1970, 1972 and 1977. She also added a third place finish to her credentials in 1974.

According to rodeo greats such as five time world champion bareback rider Joe Alexander of Cora, Wyoming, she is one of the rankest Bareback horses ever used in the history of the sport.

Over the years, while she was gaining recognition for herself as a top notch bucking horse, Kesler began using her in his breeding horse program for bucking horses. Among the 12 colts that she has produced are such famed horses as Three Chicks, Three Knotts, Three Jangles and probably the best known of all, Three Cheers. There also was a grandson, Three Frosts.

Three Bars was retired from rodeo competition in 1986. From her colts to her grandchildren the Three Bars tradition still carries on.





CAM  LANSDELL

CAM LANSDELL

Cam Lansdell - contestant
Inducted - November 10, 1990

Cameron (Cam) Lansdell was born March 26, 1922 in Medicine Hat, AB. He was raised at Bow Island, AB. until he was two 1/2 years old. The family then moved to Lacombe, and later to Bentley, AB.

In 1938 Cameron entered the boy’s steer riding at the Ponoka Stampede, and fifty years later, in 1988 he was entered at Ponoka in the team roping.

He won his first prize money at Rimbey, AB in 1938 participating in the bareback riding. He recalls that he made about $5 for his win.

Cam was one of the founding members of the C.P.A., Cowboys Protective Association, in 1944. He went on to serve as Saddle Bronc Director for five years. He was also married in 1944 to Gladys, affectionately known as "Happy,” they settled on west of Turner Valley, AB a ranch which they purchased in 1945.

Cam specialized in the saddle bronc and bareback riding events, finishing second in the bareback in 1947 and second in the saddle bronc in 1948.

Being crowned the C.P.A. Saddle Bronc riding Champion in 1950 was a highlight in Cam's rodeo career.

Although he continued too win consistently in the saddle bronc and bareback events, he was forced to retire due to knee injuries in 1955.

Today Cam is very active in the Canadian Old Timers Rodeo Association, competing in the team roping event.

Cam and Happy have bought Frank Sharp's (another "Hall of Fame" inductee) ranch west of Millarville, AB where they are now retired.





WALLY <br /> LINDSTROM

WALLY
LINDSTROM

Wally Lindstrom - Contestant
Inducted –November 10, 1990

Wally Lindstrom was born in 1915 and grew up in a district called Yankee Valley about ten miles west of Airdrie, AB. When Wally was 12 years old, he got initiated as a bronc rider by breaking colts. After a couple of years of getting on the neighbors' sour horses, he decided to give the rodeo a try. Entering his first rodeo at Chestermere Lake, AB, in 1935 in the boys steer riding was where Wally was bitten by the "rodeo bug,” a feeling that never goes away. His first win was in 1937 at Drumheller, AB.

Wally averaged between 25 and 30 rodeos a year, entering rodeos south of the border in the fall. His first big win in the U.S. took place at the 1940 Pacific International Rodeo in Portland, OR. where he won the bareback title. In Wally's 16 year rodeo career he estimates he competed at 250 rodeos.


The biggest thrill of Wally's rodeo career was when he was crowned the Canadian Saddle Bronc Champion at the Calgary Stampede in 1941. Saddle bronc and bareback bronc riding were his main events, although he competed in up to five events in order to qualify for the All Around, where he finished second and third in the Canadian standings from 1945 through 1951.

Wally was elected as the All-Around Director for the C.P.A. in 1945. Probably the biggest contribution he made to the rodeo cowboy was being instrumental in getting the cowboys' entry fees added to the prize money.

After ending his rodeo career, he went into the excavating business. He is now retired in Calgary, AB, a city that hosts a rodeo that is very special to him. The Calgary Stampede invited him to perform at a rodeo presented for Queen Elizabeth in 1951. They also honored him in 1983 as a “Pioneer of Rodeo.” The "rodeo bug" has never left Wally, after 35 years of being away from competition he says, "When the boys are getting loaded up to go down the road, I still get that left behind feeling."





CLARK LUND

CLARK LUND

Clark Lund - Contestant
Inducted - July 9, 1990

To become one of Canada's leading professional cowboys was a natural outgrowth of Clark Lund's boyhood life. Born in Raymond, Alberta on August 24, 1905, he, with his five brothers and five sisters, was brought up on a farm south east of the town. Clark's father, Deloss Lund, was a lover of good animals, and his farm was always stocked with well bred horses that needed breaking and training.

In his early teens, Clark started riding steers at many of the local shows in southern Alberta. From there he went on to the Bronc and Steer or Bull Riding events and the timed events. He first competed at the Calgary Stampede in 1927 and from then on he followed the rodeo circuit throughout Canada and the United States.

In the spring of 1934 Clark and several other Canadian cowboys were selected to compete in the Tex Austin World Championship Rodeo at White City Stadium in London, England. Four years later, in 1938, a team of top Canadians including Clark, Frank McDonald, Jack Wade and Herman Linder were chosen to compete at the Royal Easter Shows in Sydney, Australia. In 1939, Clark's last year of contesting, he won both the Canadian and North American titles at the Calgary Stampede. To win these championships in Calgary he finished second in the Saddle Bronc, second in the Bareback, third in Steer Riding plus placing in the Steer Decorating.

After Ray Knight retired from the rodeo scene, Clark took over as the arena director of the Raymond Stampede, and held this position for about 25 years. He promoted and directed rodeos in many towns in Southern Alberta, including Taber, Brooks, Bassano, Gem, Rosemary, Shady Nook and Writing-On-Stone. Besides promoting rodeos, Clark's career included judging, flag judge and stock contractor.

Clark has been honored many times by the rodeo world. In 1983 the Raymond Stampede honored him as one of the living great pioneers of their town. In 1975 the Calgary Stampede honored him as a "Pioneer of Rodeo". Clark moved to Rosemary in 1944 where he raised and trained purebred Arabian Horses until he passed away in 1983.





PETE <br /> LAGRANDEUR

PETE
LAGRANDEUR

Pete Lagrandeur - Contestant

Inducted - November 16 ,1991

Pete LaGrandeur was born on April 1, 1890 in Pincher Creek. AB. He married Edith Vliet of Gem, AB in 1925 and they had seven children.

In 1924 Pete won the Canadian Bucking Horse Championship as well as the Canadian All Around at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

He used his knowledge of the sport of rodeo and judged at the Calgary Stampede for approximately ten years. Pete participated at rodeos throughout Western Canada for many years as a contestant competing in a number of events as well as officiating as arena director.

Pete worked, as Foreman, for various cow and horse outfits for man years. Among others, he worked for Jack Morton and J.J. Bowlen both of Southern Alberta. From 1933 to 1943 he was the stockman for the Castle River Cattle Association and was then the stockman for the Piegan Indian Reserve from 1943 until his death in 1957.

It was said that Pete had a special way with horses. No matter how rank the bronc or saddle horse was, Pete would have the patience to tame the animal and ride them as if they were a "Sunday pleasure horse.” The animals seemed to sense that he had no fear of any horse.

Pete never asked a man to do what he wasn't willing to do himself.

Pete LaGrandeur died in 1957 at the age of 67 years. He passed away on July 1 after having ridden in a parade at Fort Macleod, AB.





FRED <br /> GLADSTONE

FRED
GLADSTONE

Fred Gladstone - Contestant
Inducted - November 14, 1992

Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Gold Card holder, Fred Gladstone, was born on April 3, 1918 on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta to parents Senator James and Jane Gladstone.

In 1940 he married Edith Reid and they had four children; June, Caen, Jim and Jeff.

Successfully competing in the calf roping and wild cow milking events, Fred was the Canadian calf roping champion in 1948 and 1950 and won the championship in the wild cow milking in 1948 and 1956.

Fred was a member of the Cowboys Protective Association since its inception in 1945. He attended the first C.P.A. approved rodeo and in that same year his first winnings came from Raymond, Alberta. In those early years his rodeoing companions were Jim Wells, Tom Three Persons and Harwood Potter.

His involvement in various rodeo associations included secretary of the Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association, life member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Old Timers Rodeo Association, C.P.A. calf roping Director and C.P.A. Indian Representative. In 1974 the Alberta Government presented Fred with an achievement award "In Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Native Community" and in 1985 was awarded "Pioneer of Rodeo" award by the Calgary Stampede.

Fred worked in the various capacities of chute boss assistant, chute boss and flag judge at the Calgary Stampede for 30 years and has been the timed event chute boss at the Canadian Finals Rodeo since 1978.

It is common knowledge in the rodeo industry that Fred Gladstone is considered a good and fair gentleman.





JOHN GLAZIER

JOHN GLAZIER

John Glazier - Builder
Inducted - November 14, 1992

John Glazier was born on a farm just south of Veteran, AB on January 6, 1917. He developed a very early interest in farming, livestock and rodeo

In 1933 the rodeo beckoned John and he won the steer riding at the first rodeo he entered. John won many more competitions in the following 12 years, including the saddle bronc riding at the first Ponoka Rodeo in 1936.

In 1941, John married Mabel Bullick. Together they raised their family of three children; George, Beryl and Judy.
John was elected Vice President of the Cowboys Protective Association at the founding meeting in 1945. He retired from rodeo competition at the end of the season after a successful year. After his retirement, John spent several years as a rodeo judge.
He produced and managed the first Coronation Stampede in 1946. In 1984 John was elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association for a two year term. Then in 1986 he was elected the Vice President of the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association.
John passed away on April 8, 1987 at the age of 70 years.

In 1988 he was admitted to the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to agriculture and the quality of rural life.
John's long list of credits in some twenty organizations do not reveal the full magnitude of his contributions.





HARRY VOLD

HARRY VOLD

Harry Vold - Builder
Inducted - June 27, 1992

Born in 1924 and raised in the Ponoka, Alberta district, Harry, along with his brother Cliff, supplied stock at his first rodeo in 1941 on the home ranch at Asker, Alberta having approximately 200 head of bucking horses at that time. Being little demand for bucking horses, most rodeos getting local stock, Harry sold many horses to Leo Cremer, who, at that time was one of the largest stock contractors in the United States.

In the early 1940's many of Cremer's best bucking horses came from Canada through Harry Vold. It was through these dealings that Harry soon realized the day was fast approaching when bucking stock would not be so plentiful in Canada, so instead of selling these good horses, he got together a string of his own and in 1946 Harry went into the rodeo business in earnest.

He has gone on to be what is considered one of the most noted rodeo stock contractors and producers the sport has ever had.

The Harry Vold name has appeared at every major rodeo in the United States and Canada. From the far north in Peace River to the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, from Detroit to California, from Toronto to Vancouver, Harry has also had the distinction of providing rodeo stock to every National Finals Rodeo since its inception in 1959.

Harry's rodeo producing expertise even led him over-seas in 1990 to a wild west show in Helsinki, Finland.

Harry headquarters on a 40,000 acre ranch in Colorado and produces from 18 to 20 of the nation's top rodeos per year.

When his great horses and bulls have given their last performance, they are turned out to a special pasture to live out their final days. When that day comes, be it at the ranch or at a rodeo performance, that animal is transported back to a special cemetery located a half a mile from the ranch headquarters overlooking the Huerfano River. There, the animal's name is inscribed on a cross to commemorate their final resting place.





CINDY ROCKET

CINDY ROCKET

Cindy Rocket - Animal
Inducted July 12, 1993

Cindy Rocket, a grey mare, was foaled in 1960 on the Stampede Ranch. She was bucked actively from 1963 through 1983, when not raising foals.

She was used primarily as a bareback bronc and was nominated for the Canadian and National Finals Rodeo. In 1969 she won the N.F.R. champion bareback title and was also named the 1970 Calgary Stampede champion bareback horse.

Cindy Rocket performed as far east as the 1967 Expo in Montreal, PQ and as far west as Vancouver, BC in 1969.

She was bred to Kesler's Tuffy in 1978 and her foal Kosmos Rocket grew to be a top bucking horse also. In 1980 she foaled Ms. Rocket. Ms. Rocket was selected to buck at the Canadian and National Finals Rodeo in 1986 and 87.

Cindy Rocket carried such champion cowboys such as Dale Trotter, Joe Alexander, Mel Hyland, Paul Mayo and Larry Mahan to the pay window over the years.

Her grandchildren show a great deal of promise and her grandson, World Rocket, was used as a herd sire in 1990.

She spent her latter years in the Stampede Ranch brood mare band, and was officially retired at the annual Hand Hills Stampede in 1988.

Cindy Rocket was laid to rest at the Stampede Ranch in November 1989.





LEO BROWN

LEO BROWN

Leo Brown - Contestant
Inducted - November 13, 1993

Leo Brown is considered to be one of the greatest riding event cowboys to ever come out of this country. Born in 1936 he started his rodeo career in 1953 and went on to win ten major Canadian championships.

Brown still holds the record as the only cowboy to win championships in all three riding events. He was bull riding champion in 1960, 1961 and 1963; saddle bronc titlest in 1962; and captured the bareback event in 1958 and 1960. The High Point award also won by Leo in 1960 and 1963.

Leo, along with Gid Garstad and Wilf Girletz shares the most Canadian bull riding titles - each have won this event five times.

At the Winnipeg Rodeo, in 1961, Leo marked a score of 185 (on the old 200 point system) on Vold's famous bull, Tiger.

In 1961, Leo was among the top fifteen bull riders in the world and became the first Canadian to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in this event. The following year he returned to the N.F.R. in the bull riding, and also qualified in the saddle bronc riding. In 1963, Brown set a record in the bull riding as he was the first cowboy to ride all eight bulls during the N.F.R. in Los Angeles.

During the winter rodeo at Regina in 1971, Leo became acquainted with stock contractor Roy West and together they formed the company of Brown West Rodeo which he operated for 11 years. In 1974 and 1976 his Horse High N Mighty was named Bucking Horse of the Year for Canada.

In 1988 Leo was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Up until 1989 he was still competing in the Canadian Old Timers Rodeo Association.

Serving on the C.R.C.A. Board of Directors for 11 years, Leo contributed to the sport of rodeo as a Wrangler Pro Official.

Leo has now retired completely from Rodeo but not his rodeo buddies, as he shows up at a rodeo now and then and the Rodeo Hall of Fame banquet each fall to catch up with the stories of the old days and learn from the young fellows whats going on today in the rodeo world. Leo is a favorite to visit with as his sense of humor is very much present.





RONNIE GLASS

RONNIE GLASS

Ronnie Glass - Contestant
Inducted - June 26, 1993

Ronnie Glass was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on December 18, 1915 and later the family moved to Bowness. He was interested in horses at an early age, as his father, Willy Glass, owned race horses.

Ronnie started driving chuckwagons at the age of 15 for a friend of his father's. In 1931, at the age of 16 years, he and his father, Willy, got a team together and Ronnie drove them at the Calgary Stampede. He continued driving for the next 46 years and was the world champion in 1950, 51, 52 and 65. He won the Calgary Stampede four times: 1942, 46, 47 and 49 and Cheyenne five times during the 1950's and 1960's.

He was well known for his ability to purchase good wagon horses and for making good teams which he drove for a couple of years and sold them. He knew when he first drove a horse if it was going to be a leader or a wheeler. Ronnie was also well known for his wild horse racing with the great Cliff Vandergrift, winning in 1947, 50, 55, 58, 59 and 1961.

He was one of the founders of the Cowboys Protective Association, which is now the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. Ronnie was a Director of the C.P.A. in 1948, 52, 54 and 1972.

Ronnie married Iris Lauder, the daughter of Tom Lauder in 1945 and in 1960 they moved to High River. Together they raised four children: Reg, Tom, Tara and Rod.

In 1988 he was honored with the "Pioneers of Rodeo" award at the Calgary Stampede. Ronnie passed away in Calgary on September 3, 1981.





KENNY McLEAN

KENNY McLEAN

Kenny McLean - Contestant
Inducted - November 13, 1993

Kenny McLean entered his first rodeo, at age 17, in 1956. He joined the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association (now the C.P.R.A.) in 1959, and in his first year of professional rodeo competition, won the first of his record three consecutive Canadian saddle bronc championships.

In 1961, he was named rookie-of-the-year in the United States, and in 1962, McLean rode his way to the World saddle bronc title. He later won two more Canadian bronc riding titles in 1968 and 1969.

When Kenny McLean first began to take the rodeo world by storm with his skills as a bronc rider, he decided then that he wanted to develop a couple more rodeo skills. His diversification plan included calf roping, which he had practiced since he was a boy back in Okanagan Falls, BC, and the other was steer wrestling, which he had never tried before. He watched, listened, asked for advice and worked until he won a personal victory by becoming the Canadian champion in both timed events, one of only two men to do so.

McLean was the Canadian All-Around champion in 1967 through 1969, and again in 1972, the year he also won the calf roping and steer wrestling titles and was runner-up in the saddle bronc event. The BC cowboy also earned the High Point award in 1967 and 1968, and still holds the Canadian record for most major championships - 14.

Becoming the only cowboy ever inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, McLean also received the prestigious Order of Canada in 1976 for his outstanding achievements in the sport of rodeo. Kenny resided in Princeton, BC, training horses and competing in calf roping and team roping, until he passed away from a heart attack while at a Team Roping competition. Kenny was renowned for offering advice and encouragement to young competitors.
In 2013 Kenny was inducted into the American Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO.





DIRTY GERTIE

DIRTY GERTIE

Dirty Gertie - Animal Inducted 1993

#24 Tiger and #33 Dirty Gertie are the first bulls to be inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. Both bulls were Scotch Highland/Brahma cross and were raised by Hall of Famer, Jerry Myers.

After some time in the Myers outfit, they were sold to another Hall’s of Fame contractors, Harry Void, in the fall of 1957, for the then unheard of sum of $1.000.00 each. The two were bucked for the first time under the Vold banner at Edmonton's Super Rodeo in 1958.

And what a debut it was! A matched ride was arranged between the reigning World champion Jim Shoulders, and the Canadian champ, Lawrence Hutchinson. Both competitors competed on each bull, with Shoulders emerging as the winner as he was able to ride both animals.


At the National Finals Rodeo in 1959 at Dallas, TX, Tiger and Gertie were the only Canadian bulls on the roster. Tiger threw both his riders and was selected third best bull of the N.F.R., Gertie tossed his first challenger, and then, in the last go-round, Jim Shoulders scored 181 points (on the old 200 point system) to place second in the round.


It is particularly fitting that these two four-legged superstars go into the Hall of Fame together because seldom is one mentioned without the other. Ask the cowboys and fans who remember that era and they are likely to tell you that Tiger and Dirty Gertie were two of the best there ever was.





Tiger

Tiger

Tiger - Animal Inducted 1993

#24 Tiger and #33 Dirty Gertie are the first bulls to be inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. Both bulls were Scotch Highland/Brahma cross and were raised by Hall of Famer, Jerry Myers.

After some time in the Myers outfit, they were sold to another Hall’s of Fame contractors, Harry Void, in the fall of 1957, for the then unheard of sum of $1.000.00 each. The two were bucked for the first time under the Vold banner at Edmonton's Super Rodeo in 1958.

And what a debut it was! A matched ride was arranged between the reigning World champion Jim Shoulders, and the Canadian champ, Lawrence Hutchinson. Both competitors competed on each bull, with Shoulders emerging as the winner as he was able to ride both animals.


At the National Finals Rodeo in 1959 at Dallas, TX, Tiger and Gertie were the only Canadian bulls on the roster. Tiger threw both his riders and was selected third best bull of the N.F.R., Gertie tossed his first challenger, and then, in the last go-round, Jim Shoulders scored 181 points (on the old 200 point system) to place second in the round.


It is particularly fitting that these two four-legged superstars go into the Hall of Fame together because seldom is one mentioned without the other. Ask the cowboys and fans who remember that era and they are likely to tell you that Tiger and Dirty Gertie were two of the best there ever was.





ORVILLE  STRANDQUIST

ORVILLE STRANDQUIST

Orville Stranquist - Contestant
Inducted - July 12, 1993

Orville was born on February 20, 1920 in Stettler, Alberta. In 1937 he made his debut as a rodeo cowboy when he entered the Calgary Stampede in the bull riding event. In 1939 he entered a chuckwagon in his local Stettler rodeo and won! That same year Orville made his debut in the Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon races, then in 1940 he drove his own outfit for the first time.
Over his career in the chuckwagon business, Orville won dozens of show championships, with his biggest wins coming at some of the biggest shows of the day - 1953 Edmonton Exhibition - 1965 Cloverdale Stampede - 1975 Cheyenne Frontier Days. Orville was also one of the most sought after outriders, helping the likes of fellow legends Ronnie Glass, Hank Willard, Hally Walgenbach, Garry Dorchester & Tom Dorchester win the World and Calgary Stampede Championships. Orville was a Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider a record twelve times! He is the only man to ride for the winning chuckwagon and qualify his own wagon into the feature heat at Calgary in the same year! Orville accomplished this feat in 1947.

Outside of chuckwagon racing, Orville competed in a number of rodeo events, and was a two time Canadian & Calgary Stampede Champion Wild Horse Racer, and won the Canadian & Calgary Wild Cow Milking Championship in 1958. He won the unique Standing Roman Races at the Hand Hills Stampede so often, that they gave him permanent ownership of the Champions Shield with all the winner's names on it.

Besides his tough competitiveness in rodeo, Orville was a pioneer and top promoter who would cook pancakes, participate in parades, or DO ANYTHING that would give a show the boost. At the 1961 Calgary Stampede he was the first chuckwagon driver to wear a protective helmet in a race, and was instrumental in the start of using cardboard barrels, eliminating most of the accidents caused by steel barrels. Combined with the playing card symbols that graced his wagon box for years, Orville was one of the most recognizable drivers of all time as well as being one of the most popular.

Orville has been honored with several testimonials including the World Professional Chuckwagan Association's Special Tribute, the Calgary Stampede's Pioneer of Rodeo award, and was a founding member of the Cowboys' Protective Association. In 1985 he was the first chuckwagon driver to received the prestigious Guy Weadick award at the Calgary Stampede, and in 1992 the Calgary Stampede created the "ORVILLE STRANDQUIST AWARD", given annually to the Top Rookie Driver at the Rangeland Derby show. In 2007 he was the FIRST Canadian chuckwagon driver to be inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame.

Orville retired in 1994 - a career lasting over 50 years - the longest documented career on record in rodeo.

Orville passed away peacefully on January 5, 2012 at the age of 91.





BOB CARRY

BOB CARRY

Bob Carry- Builder
Inducted July 12, 1994

Bob Carry was born at Morden, MB, in 1894 and came to Alberta in 1903, and settled in the Turner Valley area in 1912.

The fall of 1915 saw Bob enlist in the 89th Battalion in Calgary. He spent that winter training before going overseas in May 1916. Just prior to his departure, Bob won first money in the bronc riding event at the "Veteran's Stampede" held in Calgary in 1916.

Soon after arriving in France, Carry took part in the battle of the Somme and was seriously wounded, losing his left leg. After convalescing in England, Bob returned home in 1917. His sheer determination saw him atop his favorite horse the day after he returned. Bob was a horse lover and a real horseman, and always had a great mount under him.

In 1919 Bob began riding for the Sheep Creek Stock Association looking after the cattle on the forest reserve. He continued this for 30 years while working a horse and cattle operation of his own.

Pat Nichols and Bob formed a partnership in 1926 to run the Black Diamond Stampede. This event carried on for some 20 years. In 1926 and 1927, Carry judged for the Alberta Stampede Company. He started judging rough stock events at the Calgary Stampede in 1929 and continued judging these events and chuckwagon races for nearly 20 years.

On October 3, 1940, Bob married Eileen Thom. They had two daughters, Barbara and Roberta.





BILL COLLINS

BILL COLLINS

Bill Collins - Contestant
Inducted - November 14, 1994

Four-time Canadian calf roping champion and Gold Card holder in the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association (now Canadian Professional Rodeo Association), Bill Collins of Calgary, AB, is a top rated horseman.

Bill's first rodeo was in 1945, as a chuckwagon racing outrider for Orville Strandquist. In 1946, he joined the Cowboys' Protective Association, was an outrider for Ron Glass and also drove wagons for Cliff Claggett.

He entered the calf roping at Calgary in 1946 which was dally roping and won the Canadian calf roping championships in 1951, '52, '56 and '57, with second place finishes in 1954, '58 and '59. He also won the wild cow milking championship in 1954.

Retiring from the rodeo arena in the late 1960's, Collins continued to pursue his interest in horses and became one of Canada's highly respected cutting horse trainers. He has won 12 open cutting horse championships, and remains a top competitor in his 70's.

In 1958 Bill established Leecoll Stables in Edmonton with his partner Leo Lemieux and a few years later took over sole ownership of the stable. Under Bill's stewardship, Leecoll Stables became the focal point of cutting and training of cutting horses and riding in Western Canada. In 1962, at Douglas Lake, BC, he instructed His Royal Highness Prince Philip on "how to cut a cow." This led to the famed Royal Tour of the Cutting Horse in England.

He sold the Leecoll Stable in 1974, moved to the Bearspaw area and started running horsemanship clinics for the University of Calgary. By 1980 he had clinics across Canada and in 1984 was presented with the Alberta Achievement Award (Cutting Horse Competition).

Bill served as President of the Canadian Cutting Horse Association in 1979 to 1981.

Bill was inducted into the Canadian Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame September 15, 1987 and was inducted into the Calgary Stampede's Pioneers of Rodeo in 1990. In 1994, he was inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association Hall of Fame. He has managed the Windy Ridge Stable at Cochrane since October 1993.





GORDON EARL

GORDON EARL

Gordon Earl - Contestant
Inducted - August 14, 1994

Gordon Earl was one of the most outstanding cowboys that ever contested in professional rodeo. He began his rodeo career in 1946, and competed in all Five Major Events.

In 1953 he won the Canadian bull riding championship and was second in the bareback riding. The next year he captured three Canadian championships: the All Around, bareback and bull riding. In 1953 and '54 he won the bull riding at the Calgary Stampede as well as the All Around. He retired from full time competition while still a champion in the late 1950's, but the cowboy lifestyle remained his way of life. He performed at the Royal Winter Stampede in 1951 at Calgary, AB, for Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh and competed occasionally until 1967.

In 1983, the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede honored Gordon with the “Pioneer of Rodeo” award.

He served as the BC Representative for the Cowboy's Protective Association for several years.

For 40 years Gordon was an active volunteer in 4H, local sports activities in the Newgate
district, and later the Cranbrook Professional Rodeo committee. He also served as a Director and was a member of the BC Beef Growers as well as the Farmers Institute. In 1975 he was named Rancher of the Year by the East Kootenay Livestock Association and was a life member of the Charolais, Maine Anjou, Limousin and Simmental cattle associations of Canada.

In addition to ranching, Gordon and his wife Lorna, also raised llamas and operated a Christmas tree farm.

Gordon Earl died in the Fernie, BC, hospital June 1, 1992 at the age of 66 following a logging accident.





WILF GIRLETZ

WILF GIRLETZ

Wilf Girletz – Contestant
Inducted - November 12, 1994

Wilf Girletz is a three-time Canadian All-Around champion, and five-time bull riding champion, and still shares the record for most Canadian titles in this event. More recently a stock contractor specializing in bucking bulls, Wilf's bull #013 Blaster was named the bull-of-the-year in Canada for 1990, and in 1991 #00 Double Ott was voted No. 1 by the bull riders.

Raised on a farm north of Calgary, Girletz first entered the professional rodeo arena in 1946 and pocketed day money in the novice saddle bronc at High River, AB.

From there he competed steadily in rodeos across Canada and the United States winning money, trophies and recognition in the bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling and calf roping. He was the Canadian bull riding champion in 1948, '50, '51 ' 52 and '55, and also captured the All-Around title in 1950, '55 and '57. He was among the top five competitors in the Canadian standings for over a decade from 1948 to 1960.

In 1957, Girletz bought a ranch north of Youngstown, AB, and together with his wife Maxine, raised a family of four. When his three sons became interested in riding, Girletz started to keep a few bulls. It was the beginning of Girletz Rodeo Stock, one of the major players in the rodeo game today.

Along with competing in the five major events, Wilf also competed in the wild horse racing and wild cow milking events. He won the Canadian wild cow milking championship in 1965 and '66.

Wilf now resides in Hanna, AB, and continues to raise prize rodeo bulls.





Spud

Spud

SPUD - Animal
Inducted into The Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame
November 12, 1994

"Spud" was a steer wrestling horse that belonged to the Butterfield brothers - Brian, Bud and Tom - in the late 1950's and early '60's. He becomes the eighth animal to be inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Bud, holder of a record six Canadian steer wrestling championships, recalls that they had to scratch to come up with the $1.000 when they bought the horse from Bill Collins. That was quite a sum of money in those days.

Spud came straight off the race track in Washington, and it was his speed that finalized the decision to make the purchase. Bud recounts that at Grand Prairie, they got a horse race going between Bill Collins on Spud and the Butterfield's Hard Twist. The race ran at about seven o'clock in the morning, and they had more people watching it than the rodeo.
There was qui There was quite a bit of money bet on the Butterfield's horse, and Spud outran him. They realized he could run, so they bought him in the spring of 1959. From then until they retired him in 1965, they rode him to six Canadian championships in the steer wrestling.
The Ponoka r The rancher claims that Spud was probably the best horse to ever go down the road in Canada. Butterfield recounts that the horse could be backed into the box with just a halter on. The horse's temperament was exceptional. He never got excited.
The Butterfie The Butterfields retired Spud from competition at the same time they left Rodeo in 1965 to go into the feedlot business, and when he passed away at the age of 28, they buried him in their practice area.





MARTY WOOD

MARTY WOOD

Marty Wood - Contestant
Inducted - July 11, 1994


Marty Wood, born June 4, 1933 in Bowness, AB, the son of Harry and Dorothy Wood, was one of the most consistent saddle bronc riders ever.
Marty's kinship with horses began at an early age. His father had a pony for him when he was three years old, and Harry later operated a riding academy and traded horses where Marty schooled colts and green jumpers for his dad who recalls, "Even at 12 he was a natural.” It was only a matter of time for the teenager, with the uncanny knack of riding, to turn toward rodeo. The legendary Pete Knight, a friend of his father's was no doubt an
inspiration to Marty.

In 1951, Marty rode his first contest horse at Olds, AB, and two years later took out his pro card. Occasionally riding bareback horses and bulls, Marty soon dropped these events and specialized in saddle bronc riding. His first venture across the line was Omaha, Neb, in 1953 when the 20-year-old unknown made six near-perfect rides and left with all the prize money

Having made some of the sport's most sensational rides on the rankest horses, coupled with consistency, earned Marty three world championships in 1958, '64 and '66. In 1963 he was $244 short of repeating this feat. From 1958 to 1967 Marty was never less than fifth in the World standings. He won the Canadian saddle bronc championships in 1954, '55 and '63 and the Calgary Stampede championship in 1954, '57, '61 and '64.
For more than two decades Marty dominated the saddle bronc event and has won almost every major rodeo in North America. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in the United States from 1959 to 1974, with the exception of 1971.
Marty was honored by the Calgary Stampede as a Pioneer of Rodeo in 1988 and inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in the spring of 1994.
Marty's flashy style and tremendous ability to ride made him one of the most outstanding saddle bronc riders that has ever contested in the sport of rodeo





LAURENCE <br /> BRUCE

LAURENCE
BRUCE

Laurence Bruce - Builder
Inducted - July 10, 1995


Laurence Bruce was only six years old when his parents decided to move the family, in a covered wagon, from Nebraska. The trek covered five states and two provinces and eventually ended in Donalda, Alberta where they settled. It was here where Laurence became interested in horses and rodeo.

In the 1920s he started to compete in the calf roping and saddle bronc events and occasionally in the wild horse race.

He supplied stock to the Battle River, Stettler, Ponoka, Bruce and other central Alberta rodeos from the 1920s to the 1950s. Some of his more notable rough stock included: Grizzly Sal, Brownie, Sonny Boy, Dynamite and Baby Doll. Amazingly, most of Laurence’s rough stock were broke to work and many were sold to other stock contractors in Canada and the United States.

In the early days, Laurence was considered the local veterinarian around Donalda and Forestburg, Alberta and organized many local roping clubs in the early 1950s. He also started the Hastings Coulee 4H Club. He was one of the organizers of the Central Alberta Stampede Association. Laurence won the calf roping at Czar, Alberta in 1952 which was the last rodeo he competed in. Laurence had the ability and the pleasure of coaching such notable rodeo contestants as Jerry Ambler, Lyle Smith, Bob Robinson and his two sons, Winston and Duane. His coaching theory was balance instead of strength and learning how to fall is as essential as learning how to ride.

In 1957, Laurence moved to Calgary and became a Brand Inspector for the Calgary Stockyards.

Laurence was born June 11, 1896 in Chardron, Nebraska and was the father of Clayton, Winston and Duane. He passed away on August 18, 1962.





WINSTON  BRUCE

WINSTON BRUCE

Winston Bruce - Contestant
Inducted - July 10, 1995

Calgary Stampede Rodeo Manager, Winston Bruce, was an outstanding professional rodeo athlete for 15 years.

The son of former stock contractor, and old time saddle bronc rider, Laurence Bruce, Winston was born October 27, 1937 in Settler, Alberta. He grew up around cowboys, bucking horses and rodeos.

Winston fulfilled all the predictions that he would become a champion saddle bronc rider by winning the Novice Bronc riding event in 1954 and '55, the Canadian Saddle Bronc championship in 1957 and '58 and the World title in 1961. He also won the bronc riding at both Calgary and Cheyenne in 1959. Bruce rode with an unbelievably smooth spurring action and had a near- perfect sense of balance on a bucking horse.

Bruce was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame at Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1989 as a saddle bronc rider and served on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Board of Directors for four years.

In 1968, he moved from one facet of rodeo - contestant - to another - assistant arena director of the Calgary Stampede. He is now division manager for the rodeo, supervising the production of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and the rodeo stock breeding program.





LEE FARRIS

LEE FARRIS

Lee Farris - Contestant
Inducted - August 2, 1995

Lee Farris was born at his grandmothers home in North Dakota, April 19, 1908. He immigrated, with his family, to Swan Valley, Alberta in 1913.

Lee became interested in riding at a very young age. He is remembered for trying out the horses the other children had ridden to school, during the noon hour, for their bucking abilities.

In 1924, Ernest Sloan, John (Lee's Step Father) and Lee went to the United States looking for work. In the fall the men returned home to their families, but Lee, now 16-years-old, stayed behind and began his rodeo career. At that time there were very few rodeo contestants from Canada who rode in the United States, so it wasn't long before Lee had earned the title "Canada Kid."

Two of Lee's good friends were Guy Weadick, originator of the Calgary Stampede, and Pete Knight, another great rodeo cowboy. Because there wasn't much prize money in rodeo at that time, Pete and Lee often decided before their rides to split any money won, therefore giving themselves a better chance of having money to continue on with.

During the Calgary Stampede of 1929, Lee was injured quite seriously. He was riding a long-horned steer when one of the horns hit him in the right eye. He somehow managed to finish his ride and won first money for the day. He never regained sight in his injured eye.

In 1930, he came back to Kinuso with a boxcar of wild horses and staged one of the first rodeos in the area.

Lee won many awards and trophies. Some of them were: the Canadian All Around Champion 1928 and 1929; Steer Riding Champion 1928 and the Bareback Riding Champion of 1930 and 1931 at the Calgary Stampede.

He died at the early age of 34 on January 18, 1943 and was laid to rest at Hayward, California.





GID GARSTAD

GID GARSTAD

Gid Garstad - Contestant
Inducted - September 2, 1995

Standing 6'2", Gid was one of the outstanding bull riders of his time. His rodeo career started in 1956 and from 1957 to 1968, Gid was never less than fifth in the Canadian standings. He won the Canadian championship in 1958, '59, '64, '65 and 1966 and also won the Canadian All Around championship at the Calgary Stampede. Gid won the bull riding event at the Calgary Stampede in 1958, '65 and '66. He qualified for and competed at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, OK, in 1966 where he finished tenth in the world standings.

Garstad, Leo Brown and Wilf Girletz share the record for the most Canadian titles in the bull riding, which is five. Along with Wilf, Gid also shares the record for three consecutive titles.

This versatile competitor also competed in the saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and the steer wrestling.

He was the first recipient of the CN Woodward “Cowboy of the Year” Award in 1970 and was presented with the Calgary Stampede's “Guy Weadick Memorial” Award.

Gid a former President of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association was also one of the first people to manage the Central Rodeo Entry System.

Gid was born September 11, 1936 and was raised in the Coronation and Veteran AB area,
on completing his rodeo career, Gid operated a trucking business, was a farrier and a horse trader in the Turner Valley and Okotoks area where his family settled until his death October 19, 1985 at Calgary.





TRANSPORT

TRANSPORT

Transport - Animal
Inducted into The Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame
November 11,1995

Verne Franklin’s legendary horse. Transport, was long considered by cowboys to be one of the best draws at any rodeo.

Verne bought the horse from his cousin, Neil Franklin, in 1970 and the animal went to his first rodeo in Silver Lake, SK during the same year.

The highest marked saddle bronc rider in the CPRA and PRCA history was made on Transport by Doug Void. He marked 95 points at the Meadow Lake Stampede in 1979. Also the second highest marked ride in history, 92 points, was made by the combination of Joe Marvel and Transport in 1976 at the Calgary Stampede.

Transport was at every Canadian Finals Rodeo from 1974 until his retirement in 1991. He was at the National Finals Rodeo 15 years and was named best bronc in 1973. Three times during his career, Transport was named best saddle bronc at the Calgary Stampede

After a bucking a career that spanned 21 years, Transport's last rodeo was at the Canadian Finals in 1991 where he was officially retired and was moved to a retirement facility near Rocky Mountain House, AB. He died in the spring of 1993 at the age of 32. While there have been a number of great Verne Franklin horses and bulls over the years, none epitomizes the excellence of the Franklin stock any better than Transport.





DALE TROTTIER

DALE TROTTIER

Dale Trottier - Contestant
Inducted into The Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame
November 11, 1995

Dale Trottier or “Trapper” as he was commonly known, was bareback phenomenon. Born January 17, 1944 in Black Diamond, AB, Trapper began his rodeo career in 1963 at Teepee Creek, AB. Initially competing in bareback, novice saddle bronc and wild horse racing, it was in 1967 at Grimshaw, AB when he generated his first professional winnings in the bareback riding.

For thirteen years, from 1968 to 1980, Trapper was never less than fourth in the Canadian standings. He holds the record for bareback championships in Canada: seven times, including most consecutive, from 1969 to 1974 and again in 1978.

He qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo eight times beginning in 1974 to 1981.

By 1968, he was in fierce completion with the best in the business at the National Finals Rodeo, then held in Oklahoma City, OK. Two years later, in 1970 Trapper was the only Canadian to compete at the NFR and qualified for the NFR again in 1972.

Dale was the CPRA bareback riding Director in 1972 and 1973 and in 1983 was awarded the coveted C.N. Woodward Cowboy of the Year award.

Before embarking on his rodeo career, Dale made his living with a registered trap line he bought when he was 15 years old near Valleyview, AB, hence his nickname "Trapper".

While Trapper went on to actively teach and coach young bareback riders, he also acquired a commercial flying license. Now retired from the rodeo circuit, he operates his own airplane service in Sundre, AB.





BRIAN <br /> BUTTERFIELD

BRIAN
BUTTERFIELD

Brian Butterfield Contestant
Inducted - November 9, 1996

When Brian was fifteen years old, he traveled with Cliff Claggett’s Wild West Show in Saskatchewan, where he began to compete in the bareback bronc riding event. That was the start of a rodeo career that lasted almost two decades.

In 1951 he joined the Cowboys’ Protective Association and began to compete professionally in the bareback riding . He soon began to enter the Steer Decorating and this would become the event in which he would excel.

Brian went on to win the Canadian Championship in steer Wrestling and decorating in 1953, 55, 61 and 1965 and placed second in 1956 and 1960. With the exception of 1957, he was never less than fifth in the standings from 1952 to 1965.

In the bareback riding event he placed second in 1958, third in 1953 and 57, fourth in 1954 and fifth in 1952 and 1959.
Brian won the Canadian All Around championship in 1958.

He was the president of the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association from 1958 to 1959. It was during this time that steer decorating was replaced at most rodeos by steer wrestling.

Brian was born on November 4, 1933 at Ponoka, Alberta where he still resides with his wife, Verna.





BUD <br /> BUTTERFIELD

BUD
BUTTERFIELD

Bud Butterfield - Contestant
Inducted - November 9, 1996

The holder of the record for the most Canadian championships in steer wrestling , which is six, Bud Butterfield is the middle sibling of the Butterfield brothers. He was born July 19, 1930.

Bud joined the Cowboys' Protective Association in 1956 and won his first championship that same year. From then until his retirement in 1964, he was never less than third in the year-end standings
.
He was first in 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962 and 1963, was second in 1957 and 1964 and third in 1961. Bud won the steer decorating and steer wrestling at the Calgary Stampede in 1956, 1959, 1962, and 1963. Remarkably, both of these records still stand. Much of Bud's success was due to the team of steer wrestling horses the Butterfield’s owned, which were Spud and Twist.

In 1966, the Butterfield brothers decided to venture into other business interests. They started a 2,000 head feedlot whereby Tom managed the operation, Brian would purchase the cattle and Bud took care of the mechanical operations.

In 1987, Bud received his Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Life Membership.





TOM <br /> BUTTERFIELD

TOM
BUTTERFIELD

Tom Butterfield - Builder
Inducted - November 9, 1996

The Butterfield's were raised on a mixed farm west of Ponoka, Alberta, and as teenagers, had ample opportunity to ride a few old cows and yearlings, thereby acquiring the skills and desire to compete.

At the age of 16, Tom decided to enter the boys steer riding at a small rodeo at Asker,
just east of Ponoka. He drew a good animal and won third. He was hooked on the sport
and started to compete in the bareback riding and cow riding at many of the local rodeos.

In 1956, Tom joined the Cowboys' Protective Association and turned his interests to steer wrestling and decorating, traveling with his brothers Brian and Bud.

In 1957 he was third in the Canadian standings, second in 1963 and fourth in 1965.

Tom was the steer wrestling Director for the Cowboys' Protective Association in 1960 and 1961 and was elected President for the next four years - 1962 to 1965, and was again elected to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Board in 1981 and 1982. He is currently a member of the Ponoka Stampede rodeo committee.


Tom, the oldest of the Butterfield brothers, was born on January 27, 1928. He and his wife Molly divide their time between Ponoka and Arizona, where they have ranching interests.





MEL HYLAND

MEL HYLAND

Mel Hyland - Contestant
Inducted - July 8,1996

Mel Hyland, affectionately known as "Big Bull", was one of Canada's best known bronc
riders, a distinction he well deserves. Rodeo was always apart of the Hyland family, so it was natural that Mel would be involved.

In 1958 at age ten, he competed at his first rodeo, the Calgary Stampede, in the boys steer riding .His main event eventually became the Saddle Bronc riding but he also competed in the Bareback riding as well as Calf Roping

His outstanding achievements include winning the Novice Saddle Bronc championship in 1966, the Canadian saddle bronc championship in 1967, 1972, 1979 and 1982 and he was the Canadian bareback champion in 1975. In 1972, Mel was the world champion saddle bronc rider and split the title again in 1976 with Monty Henson.

Mel qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo nine times, from 1974 to 1982 and the National Finals Rodeo eleven times, 1967 to 1977.

In 1981 Mel was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious C.N. Woodward “Cowboy of the Year” award.

Mel lost the 1981 Canadian Saddle Bronc championship at the CFR in a ride-off between himself and Clayton Hines. Both had 115 points at the end of six complete go-rounds. Mel only managed a mark of 78, Clayton marked an 82, and won the championship.

He is an accomplished horse trainer still pursues his interest in singing and playing the guitar.



Mel's remarkable success and rodeo championships won speak for themselves.





MOONSHINE #33

MOONSHINE #33

Moonshine #33 - Animal
Inducted - August 2, 1996

Reputed to be among of the most honest bucking horses of his time, Reg Kesler's palomino horse Moonshine, came from the short grass country near Wardlow, Alberta.

He became a fine looking three year old and it was decided that he would make a good saddle horse, however he refused to be broke. Because of his disposition, he was sold twice and ended up at the Calgary Stampede in 1960 where he was purchased by Reg Kesler from Jim Armstrong.

The animal performed in the arena 24 years and became known as one of the toughest, yet classiest bareback horses in the business.

Moonshine traveled at least 200,000 miles by truck, all the way to Peace River, Alberta in the north to the Astrodome in Houston, Texas in the south and to Vancouver, British Columbia, in the west to the World's Fair in Montreal, Quebec in the east.

Moonshine was also a big factor in the history books in the CPRA as he performed at all of the first nine Canadian Finals Rodeos. Among the honors won by this great gelding are the best bareback horse in the world in 1973; best bareback horse of Canada in 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978; best bareback horse at the National Finals Rodeo in 1971, and was third at
the NFR in 1970 and 1973; and was the best bareback horse at the Calgary Stampede in 1973, 1975, 1977 and was second in 1978.

This great animal was retired from rodeo action in 1984 at the Medicine Hat rodeo and until his death, the 33 year old horse lived a life of ease at the Kesler ranch in Rosemary, Alberta. Moonshine was laid to rest on November 6, 1987 in the rodeo arena at Medicine Hat, Alberta.





MOON <br /> ROCKET #231

MOON
ROCKET #231

Moon Rocket - Animal
Inducted - July 7, 1997

When the Calgary Stampede acquired this Bay Gelding from the late Tucky Wills of Taber in 1975 they never expected how many honors this bareback horse would collect.

He was selected to go to the Canadian Finals Rodeo nine times and the National Finals Rodeo eight times.

In 1975, his first trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Moon Rocket was out twice with both contestants winning first in their go-round. Later that year at the National Finals Rodeo, the two contestants who drew him also won first money. The following year in 1976, he was not ridden at the National Finals Rodeo.

In 1976 Moon Rocket was named the best bareback horse at Calgary, the top bareback horse in Canada and also World Champion. He was named the best bareback horse at Calgary again in 1981.

During his fifteen year career with Calgary he bucked off or disqualified 51 riders and took 53 cowboys to the pay window, twenty of them winning first money.

Moon Rocket died of a heart attack in November of 1989 and is buried on the Stampede Ranch at Hanna.





JERRI <br /> DUCE

JERRI
DUCE

Jerri Duce - Contestant
Inducted - November 8, 1997

Jerri Duce, born in Claresholm, Alberta in December 1951, is the daughter of Frank and Rose Duce.

Her first Canadian Championship in the Barrel Racing Event was at the tender age of twelve. She went on to win the women's event a total of nine times, on three different horses. She was the first Canadian to qualify for the NFR in 1973 and qualified in 1976 and 77.

Jerri started trick riding with her sister Joy when she was nine years old, they were originally named "Sister Act" which was changed to the more recognizable title of "The Flying Duces". They performed North America-wide, including the World's Fair, Expo 1967 in Montreal, Quebec. State Fair Rodeos in Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana, Rochester, Minnesota, Fort Worth, Texas, also the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California and Madison Square Gardens in New York. They also performed abroad in England and Scotland in 1981, Bermuda in 1988 and Japan in 1991.

Jerri was a Rodeo Queen Judge for Miss World Rodeo in 1981 in Australia. Well qualified for this task, as she was the 1975 Rodeo Queen.

During her Rodeo career, she won a total of 16 trophy saddles, numerous buckles, horse trailers, six bronzes and four commemorative Winchester trophy rifles.

Jerri lives at Okotoks, AB where she trains horses and works in the film industry as a "wrangler" and a "stunt person."





BOB ROBINSON

BOB ROBINSON

Bob Robinson - Contestant
Inducted - November 8, 1997

The son of Sykes Robinson, also inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame, Bob was born in Calgary, Alberta on September 13, 1931.

His first attempt at riding steers was in 1939, when he was eight years old, and was not very successful, but by 1950, to the dismay of his parents, he quit high school to enter the bull riding in Denver, Colorado, and the die was cast , he was soon competing in all
three events, Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Bull Riding. He later added Steer Decorating and Steer Wrestling to his repertoire.

His first big win was in 1953, when he won the All Around Championship at the Edmonton Spring Rodeo.

By January of 1955 Bob was competing full time as a professional , and the following year was a banner year for him; he won the Saddle Bronc Riding at the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Championship in the Saddle Bronc Riding. In 1962, he was the first Canadian to win a major event at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, winning the Bull Riding Event. In 1963, he was sixteen dollars short of qualifying for his second NFR in the same event. In 1964 he qualified for his second NFR while attending college , where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a minor in Marketing.

Bob was elected President of the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1973 and his greatest achievement came in 1974 when he and the Board of Directors formed the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

He was again elected President in 1980 when the CRCA was re-organized to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, representing an equal Board of contestants, stock contractors and committee men.

Since retiring from professional Rodeo in 1969, Bob has been involved in marketing western wear and in 1983, at the age of 52, he took up Team Roping. In 1995 he was elected President of the Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo. Bob is still traveling much of the time with his work and team roping. He is "enjoying life to the fullest" living near Millet, Alberta with his wife, Peggy.





KEITH HYLAND

KEITH HYLAND

Keith Hyland - Contestant/Builder
Inducted - September 19, 1998

Keith entered his first rodeo at Alsask, Saskatchewan, in 1945 at age 13. He continued to compete for the next 25 years, participating in all the major events, with Saddle Bronc riding being his favorite and most profitable. From 1955 to 1967, Keith was never lower than third in the Canadian All-Around standings and won this coveted title in 1962 and 1964. He was runner-up in the Saddle Bronc event three times (1955, 1959 and 1964). In 1956 and 1957, Keith won both the Canadian and North American All-Around Championships at the Calgary Stampede.

In 1961, Keith was elected to the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association Board of Directors, and was instrumental in starting Canadian Rodeo Information, a weekly news release on rodeo results and standings. In 1977, he also developed and operated the Central Rodeo Entry System, handling entries for professional rodeos sanctioned by the CRCA. Eventually, the system was computerized and Keith continued to oversee it until 1996.

The CRCA Board of Directors hired Keith in 1978 on a full-time basis as the General Manager, and later, Rodeo Administrator, a position he held until he retired in 1996. Keith was instrumental in organizing three successful rodeos in the Maritime Provinces in 1980 and co-ordinated the popular Copenhagen Dodge Pro Rodeo Tour. He was also a key figure in the development of the nationally televised Budweiser Pro Rodeo Series, acting as technical adviser for all telecasts. Keith implemented the Pro Rodeo Judging System in 1983, and conducted subsequent judging seminars.

During his employment with the association, prize money increased from $600,000 to more than $3,000,000, the Canadian Finals Rodeo prize money increased from $24,000 to $500,000.





KINGSWAY<br /> SKOAL

KINGSWAY
SKOAL

Kingsway Skoal - Animal
Inducted - September 19, 1998

The top cowboys in the Bareback Riding at both the Canadian and National Finals Rodeos selected Verne Franklin's horse, Kingsway, to go in the prestigious draw for the first time in 1987, as a five-year-old. This bay gelding was selected to perform at both championships every year through to 1996.

Beginning his rodeo career as a bareback horse, Kingsway earned his first National Finals Rodeo award in 1987. The following year, Kingsway was named top bareback horse for Canada, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, National Finals Rodeo, the World and the Olympic Rodeo held in Calgary. He picked up two more Canadian and Canadian Finals Rodeo bareback titles, in 1990 and 1991, before being switched to the Saddle Bronc event in 1992.

Kingsway met the new challenge with ease, and went on to earn the title of Saddle Bronc Horse of the Calgary Stampede, the CFR and Canada in 1992. He was voted the Canadian Champion five straight years from 1992 through 1996, and in 1993 and 1995, Kingsway was again named best of the broncs at the CFR. He was selected Best Saddle Bronc Horse of the NFR in 1993 and 1995, and became the World Champion Saddle Bronc for 1995 and 1996.

In the spring of 1997, while out on a vast pasture of the Franklin Ranch near Bonnyville, Alberta, where Kingsway was born and raised, the great bronc had a mysterious accident. He was diagnosed with an injury to vertebrae and was retired from the rodeo arena with numerous tributes.

"He was an athlete, just like we are," recalled World Champion Bareback Rider Clint Corey. "You'd get down in the chute and he was as ready to go as we were. He knew what he was going to do. It was really an honour to be able to get on him. I'm glad I got a chance to in my career."





MAC LEASK

MAC LEASK

Mac Leask – Contestant/Builder
Inducted - September 19, 1998

Mac was raised on a ranch in the Madden, Alberta, area and started competing in local rodeos at the age of 14.

He competed for several years as a professional, entering every event except the saddle bronc riding. Between Mac and his two brothers, George and Donald (Slim), they won the Wild Cow Milking event at the Calgary Stampede for six consecutive years. Along with Slim, Mac also competed successfully in the Wild Horse Race, winning the event at the 1952 Calgary Stampede.

Working for several contractors, such as Harry Vold, Reg Kesler and Clarence Gingrich, Mac was known an outstanding pickup man. He also loved the excitement of Chuckwagon Racing and was an outrider for numerous chuckwagon outfits. When Bob Heberling won the Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Race title in 1950, Mac was one of his outriders.

In 1953, Mac left the professional rodeo circuit to compete at local and amateur rodeos. He began to work on the organization of another association, not to compete with a pro rodeo, but as a place for young cowboys to get their start. In 1955, Mac and a group of interested cowboys met in Sundre, Alberta, and laid the groundwork for what would become the Foothills Cowboys Association. Since its’ inception, the FCA has evolved into one of the premiere amateur rodeo associations in Canada. Mac was elected the first President, held that position for 11 years, and was a major promoter of the first FCA Finals. He remained one of the most influential forces in the organization up until his sudden passing in 1979.

Mac had a rough exterior and never wavered from an upbringing of honesty and fair play, which he fought to instil in the sport of rodeo. Even after Mac retired from active competition, he could be found picking up, acting as arena director, or working in some other capacity at Little Britches, All-Girl and amateur rodeos or jackpot events.





DON PERRIN

DON PERRIN

DON PERRIN - Contestant/Builder
Inducted -September 19, 1998

From the time he was old enough to walk, Don was trying to ride animals that bucked, beginning with calves and working his way up. He began his rodeo career in 1919 while working as a ranch hand breaking horses for the Dickson brothers who ranched near Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.and he also worked for Pioneer Ranch and for T.B. Long on the 70 Mile Ranch at White Mud.
During the 1920s and '30s, Don competed in many of the rodeos throughout Western Canada and the U.S. with great success. One of the highlights of his career as a noted cowboy came in 1924 when he was selected as a member of the Canadian team of cowboys which represented Canada in an International Rodeo at Wembley. England where teams from the U.S.A. and Australia also competed.

Don was declared the Saskatchewan Saddle Bronc Champion in 1932, and continued to compete until 1937 when he was bedridden for four years due to a collapsed lung following an operation.
The Kinetic Club, sponsors of the first Swift Current "Frontier Days Rodeo" in 1938 chose Don to be producer and arena manager. He successfully produced the rodeo for 12 years until 1950. Don also produced rodeos in many other Saskatchewan communities including Weyburn, Maple Creek, Melville, Assiniboia and Yorkton, and managed the rodeo at Regina for three years.

Always respected as a gentleman, who had the ability to work well with others in the production of rodeos, Don is credited with the growth and development of rodeo in Saskatchewan. The expansion of rodeo in the province also led to the formation of the Saskatchewan Rodeo Association in 1944, which benefitted both contestants and rodeo
committees.





 LEN PERRY

LEN PERRY

Len Perry - Builder
Inducted - September 19, 1998

In 1965, Len started to ride and show cutting horses, which soon lead to an involvement with rodeo which spanned more than three decades. Len accepted the position of chairman for the Edmonton Spring Rodeo Committee in 1967, and two years later was elected to the Edmonton Northlands Board of Directors. He served as President of Edmonton Northlands in 1980 and 1981.


When the Canadian Finals Rodeo was formed in 1974, Len played a significant part in the development of the event and became the first Chairman. The CFR Commission, a governing body of representatives from Edmonton Northlands and the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association (now the CPRA) was also formed, and Len was named Commissioner, a position he held for 20 years from 1974 through 1995. The success of the Canadian Finals Rodeo speaks for the time and effort Len put forth on a volunteer basis.

Len’s dedication and visionary contributions to the betterment of rodeo and the western way of life extended to the Western Heritage Center as a member of the first Board of Directors representing the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association, a position he held for several years.


A past President and Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Cutting Horse Association, Len is a recipient of the Prince of Wales Award and a member of the Canadian Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame. In 1996, he became a recipient of the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award presented by the Western Fairs Association.

Len and his wife, Sheila, reside on their ranch on the Old Man River near Coaldale, Alberta.





BUD <br />VANCLEAVE

BUD
VANCLEAVE

Bud VanCleave – Contestant
Inducted - September 19, 1998

Bud won his first Canadian Championship in 1951, in the Wild Horse Race event. He repeated this in 1952, and added his first All-Around Championship. Over the following 15 years, he won three Calf Roping Championships in 1959, 1961 and 1965, and was also second in the Calf Roping standings three other years.

Starting his rodeo career at the age of 16, Bud competed in every event except the Bareback Riding, and occasionally worked as a bullfighter and clown. Concentrating mainly on Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling and Steer Decorating, he won the decorating event at the Calgary Stampede in 1958. Bud’s name appeared among the top five Steer Decorators in Canada every year from 1953 through 1958.

Bud has always been willing to help in the rodeo arena in any capacity, from judging or running the timed event chutes, to providing roping calves and steers. After retiring from competition in 1966, Bud judged many rodeos across Canada and the U.S., and served as the timed event flagger at the Canadian Finals Rodeo for five years.

During the 1950s and ‘60s, Bud served 12 consecutive years on the Board of Directors of the Cowboys Protective Association (now the CPRA), including terms as Vice-President, All-Around Director and Calf Roping Director.

Bud and his wife, Doris, raise cattle on their ranch near Taber, Alberta.





JOHN DODDS

JOHN DODDS

John Dodds - Contestant
Inducted - September 18, 1999

John Dodds was born April 17, 1948 at Ponoka, AB. He was the third of five children born to Jim and Helen Dodds, and he grew up on the family farm south of Ponoka where his father trained and traded horses.

John began his rodeo career at the age of nine, entering the boys steer riding at the High River Little Britches Rodeo. As a child, John recalls watching the Pendleton Roundup Rodeo on television, and telling his brothers that he would one day ride there – and ride there he did, winning the bull riding at this prestigious rodeo twice.

John became a member of the Cowboys’ Protective Association (now the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association) in 1965, and competed in the bull riding and bareback riding events. During his career, John won four Canadian bull riding titles in 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1977. He qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo six times in the bull riding and once in bareback riding in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980 and 1982. John also qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 1971, 1972 and 1977 in bull riding.

On November 24, 1969, John married Lana Purcel and together they raised four children: Justin, Jamie, Jon and Bobby-Jo. Although recently returning to reside at Ponoka, John and Lana lived for many years in Morningside, AB.

John was always ready to help young cowboys, and could usually be found at the bucking chutes during the boys steer riding, giving advice, pulling ropes and often taking a beating by a chute-fighting steer. He is considered the epitome of a real cowboy, and was honored as Cowboy of the Year for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association in 1984.

John retired from active competition after competing in the bull riding at the 1982 Canadian Finals Rodeo. He went on to become involved in the movie industry.





AMERICAN <br />EXPRESS

AMERICAN
EXPRESS

American Express -Animal
Inducted - September 18, 1999

American Express was raised at DeWinton, AB, by David Stevenson with the hopes of the sorrel gelding becoming a pleasure horse. He never took to the saddle, but he caught the eye of Doug Vold – as a bareback riding prospect.

In 1971, American Express made his first infield appearance at the Ponoka Stampede. Coming out of the chute with few jumps, and then falling to his knees, he showed no future as a bucking horse in the Vold string. Wayne denied him of a second chance, and decided to sell him, but due to a lack of time, and the shortfall of one amateur saddle bronc at the Benalto rodeo, the six-year-old horse lucked out. Wayne gambled and sent #50 American Express to Benalto. There, the stock contractor witnessed a new horse that was a definite saddle bronc prospect. American Express immediately became one of the regular stock on the circuit, and quickly proved his exceptional abilities.

His powerful jump and kick action in the arena prevailed through the 1971 season, and American Express was voted best saddle bronc of the Calgary Stampede, received honorable mention as bucking horse of the year for the world, and was named top saddle bronc of Canada that same year. He was also selected to perform at the 1971 National Finals Rodeo.

This was a rank bronc the cowboys loved. The 1050-pound athlete jumped and kicked clear over his head on every jump, was strong right out of the chute and consistently honest. #50 was a constant campaigner, one the cowboys could count on for a challenge each and every trip.

American Express bucked at the Canadian and National Finals Rodeo on a regular basis for many years. He was chosen a second-best bronc at the 1973 NFR, and earned the Canadian Saddle Bronc of the Year award two more times, in 1979 and 1980. American Express performed for over a decade before being retired due to old age in 1983.





MALCOLM <br />JONES

MALCOLM
JONES

Malcolm Jones - Contestant
Inducted - September 18, 1999

Malcolm Jones was always active in sports, playing hockey and basketball. Being influenced by professional cowboys such as Harold Mandeville and Bud VanCleave, he became interested in rodeo, and began riding cows and steers on farms around Taber.

By grade 11, Malcolm’s school principal told him he would have to choose between school and rodeo. He chose rodeo and thus began a career spanning 15 years. He entered his first rodeo at Bassano, AB, in 1957 in bareback riding, and by 1961, he was competing full-time in rodeos in the United States and Canada, taking out professional memberships in both countries.

While bareback riding was Malcolm’s main event, he also competed in steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding. He finished in the runner-up position for bareback riding in 1961 and 1962, and won the Canadian championship in 1963, 1964, 1966 and 1967. Also in these years, and 1968, Malcolm was among the top five in Canada for the High Point Award. In 1969 and 1970 he came second and third respectively for the All-Around Championship of Canada.

In 1963, Malcolm became the first Canadian to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in the bareback competition, where he returned in 1964, 1966 and 1967.

Malcolm served as president of the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys’ Association in 1971 and 1972. During his term he was instrumental in starting the Cowboys’ Disability Fund and in laying the groundwork for the first Canadian Finals Rodeo, which was first held in Edmonton in 1974. Malcolm encouraged C.N. (Chunky) Woodward to begin the “Cowboy of the Year” award in 1970, and it has continued to be one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association each year.

In 1972, Malcolm, Ted Vayro and C.N. Woodward purchased the Perry and Hook Rodeo Company in Kamloops, BC. Their new venture was called Grasslands Rodeo Company, and it supplied stock to rodeos throughout BC. Malcolm remained an active partner until 1975





ROCKY <br /> ROCKABAR

ROCKY
ROCKABAR

Rocky Rockabar - Contestant
Inducted - September 18, 1999

Rocky Rockabar came from the Great Sand Hills of Saskatchewan, where his parents and grand parents settled in the early 1900’s. Rocky moved to Alberta in 1948 and worked as a ranch hand at several ranches in the Medicine Hat area.

Rocky had his first taste of competition in 1950 at Graburn Gap, SK, where he placed second in the saddle bronc riding. Rocky competed mostly in the United States Amateur Circuit until 1958, before joining the professional ranks in 1959, participating in saddle bronc, bull riding and steer wrestling.

Rocky qualified for the National Finals Rodeo for bull riding in 1962, the same year he won his first of three Canadian High Point championships, an honour he earned again in 1964 and 1966. Rocky also captured the Canadian title, Southern Circuit and Saskatchewan-Manitoba Circuit for saddle bronc riding in 1964. He won the Southern Circuit saddle bronc title again in 1971.

The Canadian bull riding championship eluded him, but he finished the season in second place four times, in 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1971. However, Rocky did take top honours in the bull riding for the Southern Circuit in 1964, and the Central Circuit in 1972 and 1973. Also during the mid 1960’s, he won “The Big Four Award” which included wins at Walla Walla and Ellensberg, WA, Lewiston, ID, and Pendleton, OR.

One of Rocky’s most memorable competitions was when he rode Harry Knights bull, Wildman, for 84 points to win the go-round and average at San Antonio, TX, in 1962 and earn $1,500. On June 7, 1974, at the age of 40, Rocky scored 89 points at Killam, AB, on Harvey Northcott’s #4 Stubby to set a Canadian high-point record at that time.

As a successful rodeo cowboy, Rocky chose to pass on his knowledge by instructing several bull riding schools. Rocky also served on the board of Directors of the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys’ Association from 1965 to 1971.





PETER WELSH

PETER WELSH

Peter Welsh - Builder
Inducted - September 18, 1999

As a young man in 1910, Peter Welsh moved from Scotland to settle on Tudesco Farms, a former Canadian Pacific Railway property near Irricana, AB. He operated the Calgary Sale Repository, one of the first livery stables in Calgary which also served as a sale ring for horses, and was a contract buyer for the CPR when horses were required for new farm settlers. Peter also owned a stable of jumping horses, and his six children were excellent riders.

One of their horses, Barra Lad, entered the show jumping record books on September 12, 1925 when he jumped over eight feet one-and-a-half inches. Tragically, 24 hours later the horse died, and Peter and his family’s career focus made an abrupt change in direction – the rodeo production business.

In less than three years, they became the biggest producers in North America. He formed the Alberta Stampede Company after borrowing $10,000 to get the business started in a big way. Midnight, considered by many to be the greatest bucking horse of all time, was the first acquisition for an astronomical price of $500. The following day he bought Tumbleweed and Bassano. With the purchase of five more head, including Dynamite and Gravedigger, the Alberta Stampede Company owned eight of the top bucking horses in the country. Later, The Gold Dust Twins and Five Minutes to Midnight were added to the string.

On the basis of this top string of stock, Peter acquired some lucrative rodeo contracts in Edmonton, New Westminster, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Columbus, OH, and Detroit, MI. He developed a travelling competitive rodeo venture with first-class equipment, professional judges and a group of Alberta cowboys. Among those Peter took with him were Pete and Harry Knight, Slim and Leo Watrin, Sykes Robinson, Jackie Cooper, Frank Sharp, Joe Fisher, Norman Edge, Dick Cosgrove and Pete Vandermeer.

After several successful years, the Alberta Stampede Company’s demise came due to financial difficulties following a disagreement between Peter and his partners. Peter Welsh died at the age of 55 undergoing an appendectomy in a Toronto hospital on July 11, 1936.





JACK  DAlNES

JACK DAlNES

Jack Daines - Builder
Inducted - September 16, 2000

Jack's introduction to rodeo was listening to tales of bronc rider Jack Wade's adventures throughout the U.S. He was attracted to the colourful lifestyle, and at the age of 12, Jack braided his own rope and hitch-hiked to Olds to enter the rodeo. Some cowboys helped Jack get his "dad's" signature of consent and he entered the boys steer riding. They also showed him how to hold onto the rope, and Jack still has the trophy he won that day in 1949.

Jack's father was a horse trader as well as an auctioneer, so Jack got plenty of practice riding green horses, and by 1953 had progressed to saddle bronc and bull riding events. In 1956 and 1957 he won the Canadian novice bronc riding title.

Although Jack started auctioneering at the Innisfail Auction Market in 1959, and became very busy in the business, his love of rodeo prevailed. With the retirement of announcer Archie Macdonald, Jack decided to try his hand at the mic, and for a time, Jack both announced and competed at several rodeos. Demands of announcing and managing the auction market became heavy, and Jack retired from active rodeo competition in the early 1970s.

Jack's plans for rodeo grounds, on some ranch land owned by the family, north of Innisfail began in 1961. This became the site of the Little Britches Rodeo which ran for 25 consecutive years, and later became home of Innisfail’s first professional rodeo which is still held each year in June. Jack also helped organize the first Silver Buckle Rodeo in Red Deer, and introduced sheep riding as a feature event for future cowboys and cowgirls. The Daines Ranch Rodeo, Jack and his family have now produced for four decades was voted by contestants to be the best of the larger professional rodeos in Canada each year from the award's inception in 1996.

Serving on the board of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association for four years, Jack was also instrumental in development the Alberta Professional Championship Rodeo Circuit. He continues to spend endless hours on behalf of rodeo as an advisor, promoter, announcer and producer. His efforts have previously been recognized when he was presented the Jimmy Brown Memorial Award in 1978, and Committee Man of the Year honors in 1990.





TOM  BEWS

TOM BEWS

TOM BEWS - CONTESTANT
Inducted - September 16, 2000

Raised on a ranch west of Longview, AB, Tom was born into the cattle industry and it was a natural path for him to follow into the world of rodeo. His initial taste of competition was the first Little Britches Rodeo held in Canada at High River in 1959. Tom won the bareback riding and also entered the calf roping, cow riding and wild colt scramble. The following year, at his second Little Britches Rodeo, in Didsbury, he added the saddle bronc riding to his list of events, and won it.

In 1962, when he was 17,Tom made the move up to the professional ranks and he took out his permit in both the Canadian and U.S. associations, competing mainly in saddle bronc, calf roping an steer wrestling. By 1964, Tom’s name appeared in the professional standings at fifth place in saddle bronc and fourth for the all-around in Canada. He also captured the World Saddle Bronc Rookie of the Year title for the Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Over the next 20 years, Tom won five Canadian all-around championships (1966, ‘71, ‘72, ‘76 and ‘79) and was in the top four 13 times. He was among the top five 12 times in saddle bronc, and captured the year end title in the bronc riding and steer wrestling, as well as the all-around in 1971. At the Calgary Stampede in 1967, Tom won both the North American and Canadian all-around championships. He also made two trips to the Oklahoma City National Finals Rodeo in saddle bronc in 1967 and ‘68. In 1974, Tom received the Guy Weadick Award at the Calgary Stampede, and was presented the Cowboy of the Year Award by his rodeo peers in 1978.

Tom married Rosemarie, daughter of Herman Linder, and together they raised four boys on the ranch Tom’s grandfather started in 1906. Tom has been a member of the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association since 1986 and served as the first chairman on the boar of directors for the Western Heritage Centre.

His retirement from rodeo competition came in 1984 at the age of 40. Tom made his final saddle bronc ride at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and graciously tipped his hat to the crowd and Rex Logan’s tough bronc, Try Me, after she threw him off.





JIM GLADSTONE

JIM GLADSTONE

JIM GLADSTONE - CONTESTANT
Inducted - September 16, 2000

When Jim won the 1977 World calf roping title, he became the first cowboy from north of the American border to take the world title in any of the timed events, and the eighth Canadian to latch on to a global championship. He also continues to be the only Canadian to win a World calf roping title. Jim won the average payoff at the National Finals Rodeo as well, and pocketed $7,166 with his go-round and average placings, plus another $5,000 bonus.

The 35-year-old father of five roped ten calves in 119.7 seconds, setting a new NFR record and beating the previous mark by almost five and a half seconds. And, he did it all under the handicap of a broken finger. He wound up in 14th position with $18,381, and left the NFR on the shoulder of his countrymen, waving the maple leaf flag.

His dad, Fred, was a roping fanatic and two-time Canadian calf roping champion, and he is the one who taught Jim how to toss a rope. The Gladstones ran several hundred head of cattle on their ranch near Cardston, which was also equipped with an indoor roping arena. But, unlike many roping champions, Jim spent a lot of time on other sports as well, including basketball and hockey.

He began competing in high school rodeos in 1954, and earned his professional card in 1962. Starting out in calf roping and the occasional wild cow milking, Jim began competing and picking up cheques in steer wrestling as well by 1963. He has been credited with championships in both events from th All-Indian circuit.

Jim was among the top three in the nation’s professional rankings each year from 1962 through 1966, before capturing his first Canadian calf roping title in 1969. He went on to win two more Canadian championships in 1971 and 1973 and was runner-up to the title in 1952, ‘75 and’76. Jim qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo seven times, from the first one held in 1974 through to 1980, and competed at four National Finals Rodeos in 1972, ‘73, ‘77 and’78.

Jim also served on the CRCA board as calf roping director in 1979.





SARCEE <br />SORREL

SARCEE
SORREL

Sarcee Sorrel - Animal
Inducted - September 16, 2000

When Doug VoId first tested the bucking abilities of Sarcee Sorrel in 1967, he was a scrawny, little three-year-old belonging to Rupert Crowchild from the Sarcee Reservation west of Calgary. The young horse didn't perform well at all, but VoId felt he saw potential in the bald-faced, sorrel gelding and took him home. Within a short time, Sarcee Sorrel became one of the best broncs in Wayne VoId's rodeo outfit.

In 1972, Sarcee Sorrel was voted saddle bronc of the year after catapulting some of the best cowboys in the business to the infield dirt throughout the season. The 1,100 pound horse bucked off at least 20 competitors and was ridden only four times all year. Bob Brown stayed aboard at the Stavely and Marvin Joyce lasted until the horn at Pendleton.

Sarcee Sorrel was selected by the top bronc riders in Canada and the D.S. as bronc-of-the year for the world in 1976. The following year he was given the prestigious award once again in Canada.

He was 19 years old when the cowboys named Sarcee Sorrel the best bronc in Canada a third time, in 1983, 11 years after winning his first award.

"I think this was the best year he's ever had," said Wayne VoId at the time. "He was at the right place at the right time and was a bit of an opportunist."

In 20 trips out of the chute that year, Sarcee Sorrel bucked off 13 cowboys and was ridden seven times. Four of the seven who made the whistle placed in the money. Some of his best trips during that season included Cloverdale. where he packed Clink Johnson to an 84 and first money. During the final round at the Ponoka, Stampede, Sarcee Sorrel threw off defending Canadian champion Mel Hyland. At Okotoks, Duane Daines was unable to weather eight seconds, David Bothum hit the dirt at Red Deer, and Clayton Hines failed to cover the spirited gelding at Edmonton.

Selected to perform at the National Finals Rodeo eight times. Sarcee Sorrel was at the Canadian Finals Rodeo 11 times before he died at the age of 20. He was buried on Harry VoId's ranch in Fowler, Colorado.





LORNE WELLS

LORNE WELLS

Lorne Wells - Contestant
Inducted - September 16, 2000

For the second weekend in a row, pickup man Lorne Wells of Midnapore got a chance to show his prowess at capturing runaway bulls. A week earlier Lorne had to go after Stubby in downtown Viking, and at Vermillion it was the big spotted bull, Speckled Bird, that took off. Lorne has the advantage of daylight this time, and quickly had things under control, but he needed the help of Dick McPeak to get the big fellow back into the confines of the Vermillion Stadium. "All in a days work", grinned Lorne after it was all over. This is from an article in the November 1, 1971 Canadian Rodeo News.

Although certainly very talented with handling livestock as a pickup man, Lorne is best known for his calf roping skills. Growing up on a ranch near Manyberries, AB, he had every opportunity to learn to rope and ride. Lorne's father, Joe Wells, was a rodeo hand and was instrumental in getting him into the sport. His first appearance at a professional rodeo was at Taber in 1959, and Lorne won the calf roping to earn around $500.

By 1962, Lorne had won his first Canadian calf roping championship. He went on to tie Floyd Peters' record of three consecutive titles in calf roping with championships in 1963 and '64.
He also continues to hold the Canadian record for most titles won in calf roping, with a total of eight, after further wins in 1967, '68, '70, '74 and '77. Lorne also served as pickup man when he won the calf roping at the first Canadian Finals Rodeo in 1974.

More of a home-body than a traveling man, Lorne rarely traveled south to the V.S., and didn't rodeo year round or as a full time career, but when he entered he did so seriously and effectively. Many experts agreed that if Lorne had competed a little more, he could have been a world champion,-

Lorne also competed in steer wrestling and wild cow milking in the past, and currently enjoys the team roping event. In 1998, Lame was thrilled to win his first team roping trophy saddle, one of many the big man of few words, with a giant-sized heart, has won over his illustrious rodeo career.





MEL COLEMAN

MEL COLEMAN

Mel Coleman - Contestant
Inducted - September 15, 2001

Mel Coleman started going to rodeos before he could walk. His dad was a pick-up man for Verne Franklin, and his mom was a barrel racer and timed a lot of rodeos. The rodeo life was always around them and it was all he knew, so it just seemed natural that he would end up pursuing the lifestyle himself.

His first event was the boys steer riding, in Meadow Lake, SK, in 1957. It was onwards and upwards from there. He broke all kinds of Canadian records, and some of those records have yet to be challenged.

He's qualified for the CFR 20 times in the saddle bronc, from 1974 to 1992, and again in 1995. The 19-year consecutive qualification run is a record. So, for that matter, is the 20 total years. He's been to the NFR 16 times. That's another record right there.

He was the Canadian saddle bronc champion seven times, in 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1986, and1989. He was the all around champion five times. In 1978 he set an arena record by scoring a 91 on Kesler Rodeo's Knott Inn.

"You don't set out to break records," he said in 1989, during the peak of his rodeo carreer: "You set out to make a living. "

And he's not done even close to being done yet. Mel currently lives down in Phoenix, AZ, and is still competing in the team roping with the PRCA.





STEVE DUNHAM

STEVE DUNHAM

STEVE DUNHAM - CONTESTANT
Inducted - September 15, 2001

At the age of nine, Steve was showing Quarter Horses at shows all around Alberta. During this time, he was also riding in the Little Britches Rodeos, competing in the calf roping and steer riding, then later in the bareback and saddle bronc. At the age of 15 he entered in his first bareback event and won, thus beginning a career in rodeo.

He started attending rodeo schools in bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding and calf roping before choosing bareback as his main event. He competed in high school rodeo, then the Foothills Cowboy Association and in 1976 he took out his pro card.

He won the Calgary Stampede $50,000 in 1982 and in 1986 split the $50,000 with Robin Burwash after an exhausting four-bronc ride-off.

He went to the CFR eighteen times and was Canadian Bareback champion five times. He won the Canadian All-Around title twice and in 1990 was a Triple Crown winner; he won bareback, all around and high points titles. That distinction has yet to be achieved by another cowboy. Steve was equally impressive south of the border. He qualified for the National Finals nine times. He went into the finals in1985 in second spot and ended up fifth in the world.

In 1982 he was awarded the Guy Weadick Memorial Trophy and was chosen as CPRA Cowboy of the Year in 1985.

Steve now ranches at home in Turner Valley and is part owner and trainer of Dunham Stables. Turner Valley mayor and council honoured him by naming the street near his home “Dunham Lane”.





ROBIN<br /> BURWASH

ROBIN
BURWASH

Robin Burwash - Contestant
Inducted - September 15, 2001

At a very early age, Robin wasn't exactly sure what he wanted to do. He would get on his stick horse and fold the kitchen cupboard doors around to make a chute. Then he would rodeo for hours at a time. He was the announcer, bucking horse rider, and judge. But when they tried to get him to ride the calves around home, Robin just wasn't ready.

He eventually got on his first bareback horse at the age of 13 years, made the whistle, but failed to mark the horse out. That didn't matter to Robin, though. He was hooked.

In 1981 Robin made his first of 14 CFR appearances, and went on to score on every horse in those 14 years. In 1983 he won his first Canadian title, and followed that up with more wins in 1984, 1987 and 1989. 1983 also marked the first of 11 trips to the NFR.

He was named CPRA Cowboy of the Year in 1988, but probably the most memorable event for Robin that year was winning Canada's only individual gold medal in rodeo at the Olympics against the U.S.

1989 was a banner year for Robin. He won the Calgary Stampede $50,000, he was season leader in Canada, and finished second in the world at the NFR. But the awards Robin won outside the arena are probably the most cherished. He won the Guy Weadick award in 1987, Cowboy of the Year in 1988, and was Fan Favourite and the NFR in 1990.





BILL KEHLER

BILL KEHLER

Bill Kehler
Inducted - September 15, 2001

The Rodeo Voice of the Calgary Stampede, Bill Kehler comes to each performance with firsthand knowledge of the sport. And he'll be the first to tell you he's living a dream.

"Early on I announced to my parents that I was going to be a cowboy," he said. "But at the age of eight I changed my mind and decided I was going to be a radio announcer. "

Kehler has spent over 37 years in the broadcast industry, eventually announcing special events full time.

"I have been interested in rodeo and other horse related events all my life. I was announcing many events during weekends, not enjoying any time off. I decided it was one or the other, and this is the one I chose."

Bill's love of the sport becomes obvious with his enthusiastic interpretation of the events in the arena. Since he travels extensively on the rodeo trail, he knows and is known by practically all of the cowboys.

This year marks his 26th year at the Calgary Stampede, and his 15th at the CFR. His duties as a 'special events announcer' have taken him across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, hosting such prestigious events as the duMaurier International at Spruce Meadows near Calgary, the World Cup Finals in Del Mar, CA, and the Horse of the Year Show in London, England.

Bill makes his home in CaIgary, but he adds, with a wry smile: "I have an address in Calgary, but I live wherever there's a rodeo."





LONESOME ME

LONESOME ME

Lonesome Me - Animal
Inducted - September 15, 2001

Lonesome Me was just a foal when Rex Logan found him in a mud hole, so that's what he was named - Mud Hole. In 1984 Rex Logan consigned him at a bucking horse sale in Hobemma, the Calgary Stampede bought him, renamed him Lonesome Me, and started bucking him.

Bill Boyd was at that same bucking horse sale. 'Rex told him there was a horse he wanted Bill to get on. and Bill recognized the horse right away. It was one Rex told him two weeks earlier he wouldn't be able to ride. Well, Rex was right -- Lonesome Me bucked and Bill was on the ground.

Lonesome Me was a CFR and NFR selection from 1984 right up to 1997. In that time, he won numerous other distinctions. He was Canadian and world champion four times, CFR champion four times, and NFR champion once.

He started out as a bareback horse and ended his career as a saddle bronc horse. One event was not necessarily better than the other for the bay gelding, though; his four world championships were split between the two events.

"That's the fourth world buckle for him,” Calgary Stampede manager Winston Bruce said back in 1994. "He's won two as a saddle bronc and now two as a bareback horse. I have to think that record will stand for a long, long time."

Well, seven years later and the record is still holding. Lonesome Me was bucked for 16 years. and was retired in 2000.





DICK NASH

DICK NASH

Dick Nash
Inducted - September 15, 2001

While growing up in Saskatchewan, Dick had many jobs, many of which were of the agricultural nature. One of these jobs was as pasture manager for Fritz Paton, the man who raised many of the countries premiere bucking horses of his era. This is where Dick developed his interest in rodeo.

Dick left home at 16 years old and started rodeo as a bareback rider.
He rode in all the major events until he broke his tailbone, then he had to give up bareback riding.
He turned pro in the early 1950s, and competed in four major events:
saddle bronc, bull riding, steer wrestling and sometimes in the calf roping.

In 1956 he became the first Saskatchewan born cowboy to win the Canadian bull riding and all-around championships. That same year he was runner-up in the saddle bronc and won the Calgary Stampede. In 1960 Dick broke his back and was sidelined from competition for the rest of the year. At that time he decided to judge rodeos to be able to stay close to the sport.

Dick was married to Joanne Powellin 1956 and they took up residence in Turner Valley, AB. Together they had five children, three of which continued on with the rodeo and western lifestyle. Dick was killed in a rodeo accident on June 10, 1961. He was kicked and stepped on by a bronc named Wagon Wheel, which broke his ribs, then severed an artery. He left behind a legacy that has been followed by his family and accomplishments that rodeo should be proud of.





WILFRED

WILFRED

Wilfred
Inducted - September 15, 2001

When Verne Franklin was driving to a bucking horse sale at Innisfail, he already had his mind made up that he was going to buy a certain little black angus bull. Wilfred, who was about four years old at the time, was being sold by Dale Rose, and didn't buck at first. All of a sudden he started turning back, and word was out that he was a rank bull.

Shane Franklin said Wilfred didn't look like he could amount to much at first, but that's just what he did. When he matured, that little black angus reached between 1,600 - 1,700 lbs.

Wilfred had a bit of a reputation for being one ornery bull in the chutes. He would turn back right in the gate, and turn right as sharp and as tight as he could. Every ride was a replicate of the last time he bucked. It was like watching an instant replay every time, but he was one tough bull to stay on.

He was bucked a lot, but when he wasn't being bucked he was quiet. Shane said the secret to Wilfred's success was that he didn't care who or what was around him. He was just as content as an animal could be, laying in his pen and minding his own business, so he never got tired.

Wilfred was bucked for twelve years, which is phenomenal for a bull, The average career for a good bull is about seven years. Wilfred was eventual1y retired in 1983.





JIM DUNN

JIM DUNN

Jim Dunn - CONTESTANT
Inducted - November 1, 2002

James Lorne Dunn was born September 17, 1955 in Calgary, and called Balzac, AB, home during his competing years. Like many others, he got his start in a little britches rodeo at the age of 15 riding cows. In pro competition Jim primarily rode bareback, but also rode bulls well enough to qualify for the Canadian Finals. When he turned pro in 1976, he wasted no time earning accolades: he was named the CPRA rookie of the year.

A master of consistency, Jim qualified for 20 Canadian Finals in all, the second highest number in Canadian history. During his professional career he racked up three Canadian bareback championships, in 1980, 1985 and 1986, he qualified for the NFR six times. He was also the Calgary Stampede $50,000 bonus winner in 1983.

A former president of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, Jim always valued the people in rodeo, and the friendships he formed. "(Rodeo) still means a lot to me," said Dunn in a 1998 interview. "When I started, I didn't have much except a van and a riggin' bag."

Continuing a lifetime of commitment to the sport of rodeo, Jim now works as a Wrangler pro official with the CPRA.





GUILTY CAT

GUILTY CAT

Guilty Cat
Inducted –November 1, 2002

Calgary Stampede's bucking horse Guilty Cat was one of their own, born in 1975 and raised through their born-to-buck program at the Calgary Stampede ranch in Hanna, AB. The bay gelding known as The' Cat was a huge 1,650 pounds. He challenged the cowboys in both saddle bronc and bareback riding.

Guilty Cat made 16 Canadian Finals and 12 National Finals appearances during his career. He was a four-time Canadian bucking horse of the year, twice in the bronc riding (1982 & 1985) and twice in the bareback (1981 & 1989). He was also the NFR champion bareback horse in 1981, and won silver at the Olympic rodeo in 1988.

While he packed four $50,000 Calgary Stampede champions to their victories in just eight years, Guilty Cat missed winning the World title three times by only a few votes. Then Stampede rodeo manager Wmston Bruce's theory about this? "He's been so darned consistent year after year that they forgot about him."





REX LOGAN

REX LOGAN

REX LOGAN - BUILDER
Inducted - November 1, 2002

A Canadian Professional Rodeo Association stock sub-contractor from 1987 to 2000, Rex Logan had a hand in bringing some of the best bucking horses ever ridden in the history of professional rodeo.

Some of the champions he raised included World and Canadian champion bronc, Try Me, who was bucked in Canada with Wayne Vold until Rex sold her at the first Benny Binion Bucking Horse Sale in Las Vegas in 1984. She was bought by Mesquite Rodeo of Texas. Calgary Stampede’s superstar World champion bareback and saddle bronc horse Lonesome Me and their prize stallion, Cowboy, Ted Vayro’s (Grasslands) Canadian champion bareback, Moon (originally owned by Rex's late son Gary & was named for him) were all raised by Rex.

1984 was a stand-out year for Logan’s proteges. Try Me wound up with the World and Canadian bronc of the year halters, and was second for the NFR honours, while Lonesome Me was the co-winner of the World title, won the Canadian halter, and was named top bareback horse of the National Finals. Try Me had a truly dramatic finish, carrying Brad Gjermundson to a world championship in the final ride of the final day. Try Me would return to the NFR in 1989 with Mesquite Rodeo of Texas.

“I was darn proud of them,” said Logan in 1984. “They done what I wanted them to do. They both bucked; they both did better than I expected. It’s like a love story about a girl ending the way you want it. It couldn’t be any better for me.” The 80-year-old Logan, based in Sundre, AB, continued to raise some of the top bucking horses in pro rodeo until his passing on May 18, 2011.






DAVE PENNER

DAVE PENNER

Dave Penner - Contestant
Inducted - November 1, 2002

Dave Penner blazed a trail for Canadian steer wrestlers in 1969 when he became the first Canadian to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in a timed event. He finished ninth in the world, a trip that included the fastest time of the Finals that year, a 8.3 in the fifth go-round.

Born in Coaldale, AB, in 1939, Penner farmed in Scandia, AB, during his competitive years. He got his feet wet at an amateur rodeo in Wood Mountain, SK in 1960, and turned pro in 1964, although 1967 was his first year of full-time competition. A big win in Calgary that year helped him challenge the long-time reign of the Butterfields in this event, and earn his first Canadian championship.

At 6'4" and 215 pounds, the quiet, easygoing Penner was the biggest man in rodeo in his era, with a talent to match. He had a general interest in sports, and a particular interest in rodeo, which he enjoyed for the sense of competition and the independence it offered to its athletes.

1986 brought Penner another championship buckle, and 1969 was the year he won his third consecutive Canadian steer wrestling championship, tying Bud Butterfield for a Canadian record that still stands - the most consecutive titles in his event.





RAMBO

RAMBO

Rambo - Animal
Inducted - November 1, 2002

Wayne VoId's bull Rambo lived up to the reputation of his renegade Hollywood namesake in the rodeo arena. A calf of VoId's famous bull Bunny, the black, white-faced Rambo was twice the Canadian bull of the year, in 1986 and 1987.

At 1,300 pounds Rambo was a small bull, but he was quick. Over a five-year career, VoId estimated he had close to 200 trips, and was ridden about 20 of those. He was five-times chosen for the $50,000 Calgary Stampede bonus round, and five-times chosen for the rank pen at the Canadian Finals. Faced then with the best bull riders in the world, Rambo was tamed only four times.

VoId and the rest of the rodeo community were saddened in 1990 when Rambo's career was cut short at the age of nine due to an apparent spleen injury. \Vhile VoId was eager to find another Rambo-type to round out his pen, he wasn't optimistic it would happen anytime soon. "Those kind," he mused, "don't run in bunches."





GREG <br /> SCHLOSSER

GREG
SCHLOSSER

GREG SCHLOSSER - CONTESTANT
Inducted - November 1, 2002

Three-Time Canadian bull riding champion Gregory tom Schlosser qualified for an impressive eight Canadian finals over the years, one of the longest successful careers in an event that traditionally offers only a short time in the limelight.

In 1976, at the age of 16, the tall, lean kid from Nanton known to his friends as Sleepy took out his permit, competing in the bull riding, steer wrestling and bareback events. He turned pro in 1980, and took only a year to go right to the top of the ranks, becoming the 1981 Canadian bull riding champion.

Four years later, Greg scored twice as the 1985 Canadian ll-around and bull riding champion. The turning point in his double victory was covering a feared Northcott bull, Superstition, in the second round of the Canadian Finals - a bull that had not been ridden that year. Schlosser was also one of six cowboys in the world, and the only Canadian, ever to ride the infamous bull, Bodacious.

After notching a Calgary Stampede $50,000 bonus win in 1986, Schlosser retired from pro competition in 1988, choosing instead to ranch and get involved in the burgeoning film industry. But in 1991, in a display of sheer willpower and talent, he stage an amazing comeback to win the Canadian bull riding championship one more time, at 31 years of age.





BRIAN<br /> CLAYPOOL

BRIAN
CLAYPOOL

Brian Claypool - Contestant
Inducted - October 25, 2003

Brian Floyd Claypool accomplished a lot in 25 years, and although his life ended tragically in a plane crash in 1979, the young cowboy had already had what some would call he career of a lifetime.

Born in 1953 to parents Ralph and Ellen Claypool, Brian was considered a “natural athlete”, and excelled in a variety of sports, including amateur wrestling. He entered his first little britches rodeo in Winnipeg, MB in 1965, and in 1967 won the steer riding at the Calgary Stampede. He got on his first bull at the age of 14: “That was my birthday present, my father paid the entry fee”, said Claypool in a 1979 interview. “Best birthday present I ever got.”

Brian’s best known accomplishments were in bull riding, but he participated in all three roughstock riding events. He was both the CPRA permit award and amateur bronc riding champ in 1972, and between 1972 and 1974 was winning at rodeos north and south of the border in both bull riding and bronc riding, including buckles in both at Pendleton.

In 1974 he began a three year domination of the bull riding, winning the Calgary Stampede that year, the Canadian championship in 75, and both of them in 1976. He also represented Canada twice at the NFR, in 1974 and 1976. Independent minded, Brian liked to win, and took pride in “never making the same mistake twice”.

When the plane carrying Brian and three other pro cowboys went missing in May of 1979, the outpouring of support from the rodeo world was huge. As further proof of his legacy and impact on the sport, he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

The memorial trophy in Brian Claypool’s name bears the following inscription: “Perpetuating the memory of a great Canadian, an outstanding rodeo athlete, always dedicated to the sport of rodeo. A natural gentleman; personifying the modern cowboy. As long as bulls spin, broncs twist and arena dust swirls, the memory of Brian will live on in our hearts.





DON BEDDOES

DON BEDDOES

Don Beddoes – Builder
Inducted - October 25, 2003

A financial benefactor and true fan of rodeo, Don Beddoes has shown for more that 30 years a generosity to the sport that would be tough for anyone to match. Rodeos like Strathmore, Airdrie, Innisfail and Sundre have received community level support and sponsorship from Don, and through his successful business, DBC contractors in Airdrie. Don invested in bucking bulls with Harry Vold in the past and he sponsored many a cowboy with what they needed to keep going down the road. He has been a key figure in establishing and supporting rodeo and rodeo related venues in Southern Alberta, including an arena in Airdrie.

When the Western Heritage Centre was being built in Cochrane, with the goal of preserving the past for future generations, Don and his company were there, providing both a building site and a much needed road to access the facility. He stepped in and in his quiet way with no flag waving, got things done.

Don is quick to share his enthusiasm for rodeo with the people he meets and has been a spectator at every Canadian Finals and 34 National Finals Rodeos....and counting. Don has amassed his own following, too, of people who have known they could count on his support and recognize his lifetime of behind the scenes contribution to the building and continuation of rodeo in Alberta.

Said one “fan” of Mr. Beddoes, “He is an extremely fine individual - a good person. You’ll never know all the good he has done for this sport”.





PADDY BROWN

PADDY BROWN

Paddy Brown – Builder
Inducted -October 25, 2003

Paddy joined the Cowboys’ Protective Association in 1950, at the age of 21, and began competing in the saddle bronc, cow milking, and wild horse racing events. Thus began a lifelong association with the sport if rodeo that, unlike most, didn’t end when his competitive years were finished.

A true builder and tireless supporter, Paddy has worked behind the scenes for 40 years to help establish rodeo as a professional sport, and to preserve western heritage and rodeo history for generations to come. In addition to eight years of active competition and 5 years working with stock contractor Harry Vold, in 1963 Paddy got himself involved on the business of rodeo.

He took on the role of secretary-treasurer for the CPA, and carried out for eleven years over a time period of change and conflict for the organization. In his quiet-spoken way he resolved conflict and managed to remain well-liked, two things that don’t go hand in hand. In recognition of his continued devotion of time and energy to rodeo, he received a life membership to the Canadian Professional Rodeo association in 1973.

He helped organize the CPRA Alumni to keep older members in touch, and in 1981 Paddy became one of the founding members of the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association, known today as the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He remained involved in the executive of the association until recently, including a three year stint as president.

When established, the CRHA’s goal was “to develop a Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame where the history of rodeo can be recorded for all time, and to honour those cowboys, animals, and builders of rodeo who achieved excellence in their field. This year, Paddy is honoured as one of these great people himself.





TOM EIRIKSON

TOM EIRIKSON

Tom Eirikson - Contestant
Inducted -October 25, 2003

Tom Eirikson is an all-around cowboy in the true sense of the word. He is one of only two cowboys to qualify for the CFR in three events in his career: tie down roping in 1979 - 1982, saddle bronc in 1981-1983, and steer wrestling in 1983 and 1985. Warm, charismatic and multi-talented, Tom, a.k.a. “Mr. Everything”, was a fan favourite in his competing years, and a great ambassador for the sport of rodeo.

Things started humbly enough for Tom: he remembers competing in a little britches rodeo in Innisfail in the early 60s, in running shoes, no hat and a flank strap for a rope. This can-do attitude didn’t stop there: Tom competed in bronc riding, tiedown roping, steer wrestling, as well as dabbling in bareback riding, cow milking and team roping. “I worked them all because I was never any good at just one”, Tom joked. The record books tell a different story, though.

Tom took out his pro card in 1977. He made it to seven CFRs in three events and between 1980 and 1987 was a four time Canadian all around champion and a three time winner of the coveted Linderman Award for top earnings in three events on both ends of the arena.

A Canadian event title and the National Finals eluded him in his career, though he often gave the ones who edged him out a good run for their money.

Tom also understood the importance of promoting and advancing the sport and for a number of years was the spokesperson for Copenhagen/Skoal’s western oriented marketing activities. After about ten years of full time competition, Tom sold his rodeo horses and turned his attention to the motion picture industry, in which he is still active today. His special talent for working with animals has lead to work in scores of Hollywood productions. Tom still team ropes and lives in Okotoks with his wife Candy and their two sons, who are old enough to now swing a rope and learn from one of the best.





DWAYNE <br / > ERICKSON

DWAYNE
ERICKSON

Dwayne Erickson – Builder
Inducted - October 25, 2003

His own ego rises and falls with the success of his subject. His dedication to his craft is all consuming. He is a font of knowledge current and past, the source when the history books have failed you. Such is the relationship of writer Dwayne Erickson and the sport of rodeo.

Dwayne started writing in high school, and now has more that six decades of experience in journalism, having worked for a variety of print, TV and radio media in western Canada over the years. When asked to cover a rodeo for the Edmonton Journal in1956, he went under protest, saying he “didn’t know the front end of a horse from the back”. Interactions with Harry Vold, Reg Kesler and Herman Linder piqued his interest in the sport, though, and as an assistant to Keith Hyland he learned the ropes.

He began writing a “Behind the Chutes” column for Canadian Rodeo News in 1983, the same year he helped produce the first Canadian Pro Rodeo media guide. Twenty years later, both of these publications still strongly bear the stamp of his influence.

Dwayne is one of the only writers in North America covering rodeo day in and day out, and his writing is honest and personal. His stories dig deep, reflecting the trust he has established over the years with contestants, contractors and committees. Dwayne received the Jimmy Brown Memorial Award for rodeo publicity and promotion in 1984 and has earned respect and admiration of those who have followed him in putting rodeo in the public eye.

“What I have tried to do is explain that cowboys are not million dollar hockey players or football players”, said Erickson recently. “They are good, everyday people who have the greatest sense of community that I have ever seen. It makes me so proud of this sport, because there isn’t a moment when they wouldn’t stick out their hand and help, in competition and in life. Rodeo is a life teacher”. Dwayne Erickson is a teacher of rodeo.
Dwayne passed away in April 2013 from cancer. There was a tribute to his life on May 15, 2013 on the Calgary Stampede Grounds, Dwaynes favorite rodeo of them all. Contestants, family, friends from all walks of life paid tribute to a great man that will be irreplaceable.





HIGH <br />CHAPARRAL H1

HIGH
CHAPARRAL H1

High Chapparal – Animal
Inducted - October 25, 2003

If there’s such a thing as being too talented, Bar T Rodeo’s H1 High Chaparral may have had this flaw. The 1300 pound grey gelding was so immense and powerful in his heyday that some bareback riders would turn him out if they drew him. They called him “man-eater” and with good reason. “Getting on him is like tying your hand to a 1300 pound anvil and dropping it off the third floor of an apartment building”, said three time Canadian bareback champion Jim Dunn.

High Chaparral was born in 1983 on the Shapley ranch north of Maple Creek, and they put him to work, but he was never quite trustworthy as a working horse. He was picked up at the age of four by stock contractor Don Peterson of McCord, SK, with the stipulation that if the grey went to the NFR next year, the Shapleys would be there too. Mr. Peterson found himself shelling out for those two extra tickets in 1988, when High Chapparal was number two bareback at the Vegas year end event.

He was once the CPRA bareback of the year, twice the bareback horse of CFR, twice the bareback horse of NFR, and twice the World Champion bareback horse. Included in these accolades was the year 1992, when High Chaparral achieved a rare “triple crown” as bareback of the CFR, the NFR and the World.

In 1995 Peterson sold High Chaparral to U.S. stock contractor Mike Cervi for a reported $25,000 - a record at that time. High Chaparral’s legacy in Canadian rodeo is a little different than most. As much as he’s remembered for his great rides, he’s also notable for the number of time cowboys saw his name next to theirs on the draw sheet.





LEE PHILLIPS

LEE PHILLIPS

Lee Phillips - Contestant
Inducted - October 25, 2003

So speedy was timed-event cowboy Lee Phillips at getting the job done that more than 25 years later, his name still appears in the record books in both calf roping and steer wrestling. The "big man from Carseland" holds the fastest time in Canadian calf roping history at 5.7 seconds, and for a while was the fastest-ever steer wrestler, too, at three seconds flat

Although the calf-roping time was, by Lee's own admittance, a bit of a fluke, and the three-second steer wrestling run has been eclipsed by a few at 2.9, the Phillips name is still revered as a legend of rodeo.

Born in 1944, Lee didn't take out full membership in the pro leagues until he was almost 3O, but one could argue that he was just warming up, honing his skills in the FCA. In 1973 he burst onto the pro scene as the CRCA rookie of the year, and in 1974 he received the same title from the PRCA.

He earned his way to the Canadian Finals in both steer wrestling and calf roping in 1974, and walked away with the Canadian championship in the dogging that year after dominating the regular season. Another steer wrestling Canadian championship followed in 1976, and Lee set his two time records in 1976 and 1978. After nine CFR qualifications, and three years as CPRA president from 1983-1985, Lee retired from active competition in 1986. His horse, Duce, continued to win him acclaim, and was steer wrestling horse of the year for three more years after that, for a record tying total of five times.

Once retired from rodeo competition, Lee still didn't slow down. Among other business pursuits, he and wife Jerri (Duce) Phillips, a fellow hall of famer, have worked off and on as wranglers in Hollywood films and TV shows. A big part of Lee's success in rodeo was his special bond with his bulIdogging horses, and now he trains horses for others to win on.

So, does a legendary cowboy like Phillips have any regrets when looking back on his career? Just one. "I went to every rodeo Lethbridge ever had," sighed Lee, "both spring and summer. Never won a dime."





RYAN  BYRNE

RYAN BYRNE

Ryan Byrne - BUILDER Inducted
October 30, 2004

Throughout the decades, professional rodeo has depended on reliable contract personnel to bring the elements of this dangerous sport together. The Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is pleased to recognize one of Canada's most admired bullfighters in history, Ryan Byrne of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

This outstanding athlete distinguished himself as a professional rodeo bullfighter from 1983 to 1998. Byrne was selected as the bullfighter for the Canadian Finals Rodeo for 14 consecutive years. In 1986 he was chosen as bullfighter for the NFR, the only Canadian to have received such an honor. On two other occasions, 1987 and 1993, Byrne was selected as the atternate Bullfighter of the NFR. In addition to these finals, Byrne worked many of the best rodeos in Canada including Regina, Cloverdale, Ponoka and The Calgary Stampede. He was also the bullfighter for the prestigious Olympic Rodeo in 1988.

Ryan is credited with helping many young bullfighters gel their start by teaching bullfighting schools and enhancing the image of bullfighters through his participation in the Wrangler Pro Sunlight Tour.

In later years Ryan owned fighting bulls, promoted Bullfight matches and worked as a spokesman for Wrangler Jeans.

Ryan Byrne was a proud family man, a husband and father to three sons and an active supporter of children and their special needs throughout his rodeo career.

A willing interview with the media, Ryan spent countless volunteer hours promoting rodeo to the public, co-operating with rodeo committees and conducting himself in a first class manner whenever called upon to represent his sport.

Byrne also competed occasionally at the timed event end of the arena in the steer wrestling event as well as spending time with his wife and sons as they competed.

For almost two decades Ryan Byrne lived out his life in the arena spotlight sharing the ups and downs of his career with an admiring public and many grateful bull riders. Though Ryan suffered his share of injuries he never turned his back on the cowboys that needed him, even coming out of retirement at the bull riders request. Canadian rodeo is vastly richer for this warm and talented man whose pink stripes and painted smile touched the hearts of people all across North America.





COYOTE

COYOTE

Coyote - Animal, Don & Brenda Peterson
Inducted - October 30, 2004

Not many bucking horses can lay claim to a 24 year career carried out across Canada and the United States with more trips in competition than any other horse.

X23 Coyote had such stamina that he was bucked 100 times as a 7 year old. The 1150 pound bay gelding was born in 1978 on the Maple Creek, Saskatchewan ranch owned by Bob and Dixie Black. The bucking horse breeders sold X23 to Bar T Rodeo in 1981 as a three year

By 1985 the gelding bucked so solidly that he won the Bareback Horse of the Year honors. In 1989 cowboys also won two televised Labatts Series rodeos on him the very same weekend when the horse was hauled to bo1h Ponoka and Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

In 1995 Coyote was purchased by Mike Cervi and the US stock contractor hauled the faithful bucker to rodeos across the USA.

While owned by Don and Brenda Peterson. Coyote was selected as a bucking horse for botht CFR and the NFR and took many contestants to the pay window.

After 24 years the bay was reunited with his original owners when saddle bronc rider Dan Black acquired the gelding from Mike Cervi and brought him home to the rolling hills of Maple Creek to enjoy his retirement.





DUANE DAINES

DUANE DAINES

Duane Daines - Contestant
Inducted - October 30, 2004

One of Alberta's most esteemed sports heroes will be inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame this year. Duane Daines of Innisftail, Alberta is being honored in recognition of his 17 year professional career which culminated with 3 All-Around Championships, a Canadian Saddle Bronc title and almost $700,000 in career winnings.

Throughout the years of competition Duane became well known to many people as an outstanding ambassador to rodeo. He served on the CPRA Board of Directors, worked closely with the media to promote the sport of rodeo, volunteered at fundraising events as an auctioneer and visited schools while stilli managing to travel hard enough to qualify for 9 NFR's and 13 Canadian Finals, Rodeo was in Duane's blood and while inspiration from his father, Jack Daines and his uncle Ivan was a motivating factor, it was Duane who set his sights on being an All-Around cowboy early in life.

While saddle bronc riding became Duane's forte, he diligently practiced at calf roping until it paid off with an Alberta High School All-Around Championship in 1976. Daines turned pro at just 19 years of age and acquired his pilot's license a year later. Flying the skies reaped rewards for Duane over the course of his career. He won many major rodeos including Houston, Texas; St. Paul, Oregon; Oakdale, California; North Platte, Nebraska and the All-Around Championship at the San Antonio Stock Show snd Rodeo.

Duane, among many other accomplishments, was the first Canadian saddle bronc rider to win the $50,000 showdown at the Calgary Stampede in 1990.

Perhaps the highest honors won by Duane during his incredible career were that of Guy Weadick recipient at the 1991 Calgary Stampede and Cowboy of the Year in 1995.

Long admired by his peers and rodeo fanS alike Duane's popularity soared after he found his own life shattered by a saddle bronc injury which left him paralyzed from the waist down.

With amazing fortitude Duane quickly picked up the pieces of his life and went on to inspire thousands of friends and fans as he forged ahead as a husband, father, auctioneer, rodeo promoter and radio broadcaster, and advocate for the disabled. Duane has been a role model not only for young bronc riders and cowboys the world over but for many people who have been encouraged by his humble acceptance and winning attitude in all of life.

Already a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, his induction into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame will be the crowning achievement in a stellar career that continues to enrich the sport of rodeo.





GEORGE MYREN

GEORGE MYREN

George Myren - Contestant
Inducted - October 30, 2004

George Myren knows how to keep good company, in the record books at least Myren's name appears 16 times in the Top 5 List between 1955 and 1965 in the Saddle Bronc, Bareback and All-Around categories in Canadian Professional Rodeo. Listed among rodeo's greats such as Reg Kesler, Winston Bruce, Ketlh Hyland and the legendary Kenny McLean, George Myren let those greats keep company with him on 3 different occasions. He was named Canadian All-Around Champion in 1960 and '63 and Canadian Bareback Champ in 1961 as well as Hi-Point Champion that same year.

Myren was born at Gull Lake, Saskatchewan and raised in Viking, Alberta. George entered his first rodeo in Holden, Alberta. He joined the CPA in 1953 placing 8 times in the Bareback riding that year, Myren also loved to ride Saddle Broncs and won his first cheque in that event at Stettler in 1954. A true All-Around competitor Myren entered every event at many rodeos. In 1957 he won a cheque in every major event at the Bruce Stampede.

George traveled through out Canada and the U.S. competing at the big rodeos like Houston, Texas where he rode PRCA Bucking Horse of the Year, Big John, owned by Harry Knight.

In 1957 George served as Bareback Director of the CPA and in 1958 took a term as Saddle Bronc Director.

Myren won 2 All-Around Championships at the famous Calgary Stampede in 1960 and '63 and beat the world's best cowboys for the Bareback title in 1961.

Traveling and competing were enjoyable for George and he was highly popular among the cowboys. He continued to rodeo for 25 years and was so versatile that he won a calf roping cheque for $216.00 at Benalto in 1978.

In 1980 George Myren became a life member of the CPRA and in 1992 was honored by the Calgary Stampede as a 'Pioneer of Rodeo'.

For many years George has continued to keep good company and stay in touch with rodeo by volunteering in the arena and traveling with his wife, Joyce Smith and her band, Rodeo Wind.





ALVIN OWEN

ALVIN OWEN

Alvin Owen - Contestant
Inducted - October 30, 2004

Born and raised in the short grass country at Patricia, Alberta, Alvin Owen missed out on the early high riding days of the old time cowboys as they brought cattle north of the 49th parallel.

Owen however did some high riding of his own, like many a rural youngster taking to the excitement of rodeo when he was just 14 years old. Alvin emerged from the school of hard knocks in the early 1950's and began winning in professional rodeo circles.

Known as a double tough cowboy, his spur licks caught the attention of the judges so often that in 1955 Alvin beat out Gene Gunderson and Reg Kesler for the Canadian Bareback Championship. That same year Owen finished fourth in the Canadian Saddle Bronc standings as well.

In 1956 Owen again won the Canadian Bareback title, earning a total of $4297.00 which was more money in a single event than any other cowboy won that year. That same year his name appeared 3rd in the Saddle Bronc standings and he also won the Bareback Championship at Calgary Stampede.

In 1957 Alvin again took a run at titles in both events but wound up 2nd in the Bareback to Ellie Lewis while his name appeared 3rd in Saddle Bronc behind Winston Bruce and Marty Wood.

Alvin traveled throughout Canada and the United Slates. In 1955 he won a go-round at Madison
Square Gardens in New York. While there Alvin took on a modeling job for Van Heusen shirts and True Story magazine. He left the Big Apple on a Greyhound bus, which he rode all the way home to southern Alberta.

Alvln Owen cut short his rodeo career to continue running the family ranch. Although he competed for a relatively short period of time few cowboys of that era will forget the explosive little bronc rider from Patricia , Alberta.





BLAINE <br /> PEDERSON

BLAINE
PEDERSON

Blaine Pederson - Contestant
Inducted - October 30, 2004

Blaine Pederson once stated that there never was any doubt he would become a World Champion, he just didn't know when it would happen. Along the way to his 1994 World Steer Wrestlingtitle Pederson transformed himself into the Wayne Gretzky of steer wrestlers.

Like Gretzky, Pederson's talent shone even in his maiden year in professional rodeo.
Capturing the first of 4 Canadian Steer Wrestling Championships and the Rookie of the Year honors in 1982, Blaine proved even then that pressure was the thing he thrived under. A run-off for the Championship that year was the first of many showdowns that would ulimately earn him glory in the rodeo arena.

During his career Pederson not only wrestled steers but roped calves and team roped successfully as well. Blaine qualified for 14 consecutive CFR's, made 5 NFR appearances, won 2 Canadian Hi Point Championships and then walked on stage at the Calgary Stampede as the $50,000 Champion.

Canada also recognized his commitment to his sport by honoring him with the Guy Weadick Award in 1989 and the Cowboy of the Year Award in 1998.

Blaine served on the CPRA Board of Directors in 1992 and 1993 and has taught many steer wrestlers at numerous schools for the past two decades.

Practice and dedication were the two things that made Pederson a stand out among bull doggers. His consistency paid off when he twice won the NFR Steer Wrestling Average, one of rodeo's most coveted awards. Yet nothing can compare with the culmination of a life long dream and a gold buckle that names you World Champion Steer Wrestler.

Blaine Pederson returned home to Canada the 1994 World Champion Steer Wrestler to be greeted with hundreds of well wishes from rodeo fans everywhere who had cheered on their own steer wrestling 'Gretzky' from Amisk, Alberta.

The Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is recognizing a caring husband and father, an outstanding athlete, talented cowboy and a proud Canadian in it's selection of Blaine Pederson as a 2004 inductee.





WILL SENGER

WILL SENGER

Will Senger -Builder
Inducted - October 30, 2004


Will Senger has spent his entire life surrounded by two loves, horses and the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. It could be also be said that his infatuation with the wonderful four legged critters we call horses led him to another passion, rodeo.

Senger was born during the depression and grew up around horses, earning a stable hands wages as a youngster and growing in prowess as he rode jumping and show horses acquiring many ribbons and accolades. While still a young man the thrill of rodeo called to Senger and he began competing in the bareback riding event and eventually took up steer wrestling.

As rodeo grew in popularity Will became involved in organizing many events in the Fraser Valley. He did everything from Little Britches rodeos and becoming a founding member of the B.C. Quarter Horse Association, to serving as a director of the Pacific National Exhibition.
In 1961 Will became a director with the Cloverdale Rodeo and there was no looking back. For more than four decades Will has volunteered his time to bring professional rodeo to thousands of fans each year.

Commitment to running a world class event and establishing one of rodeo's riches purses have always been Senger's top priority. Not only in charge of all the rodeo contracts, personnel and stock, Will also has worked with over 2000 volunteers.

Several times in his career Will has attempted to retire from his duties but admirers of his work have begged him to return to the helm.

Will Senger was honored by the Fraser Valley Exhibition Association with a life membership in 1983.

In 1986 his peers in professional rodeo voted Senger the Committee Man of the Year.
The Governor Generals Medal was presented to Will in 1992 for Dedication to Rodeo in Canada.
Cowboys and cowgirls throughout Canada recognize Will's booming voice and warm handshake where ever he goes. The Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is recognizing Will's vast contribution to rodeo by inducting him in the builder category.





Cody Snyder

Cody Snyder

First Ever Canadian Born World Champion Bull Rider!

CODY SNYDER was the first ever Canadian born World Champion Bull Rider, claiming that crown in 1983. Cody was also the Canadian Bull Riding Champion in 1986 and holds the record for the most CFR qualifications in the bull riding event at nine. He also holds the record for the highest scored ride in Canadian Pro Rodeo history, of 95 points on Northcott’s Confusion at the CFR in 1983. Snyder is active in producing world class bull riding events across North America as well as doing rodeo color commentary for several television networks. He and his wife Rhonda and children reside west of Okotoks, Alberta.





Frank Mickey

Frank Mickey

Frank Mickey – Builder Inducted 2005

FRANK MICKEY is a man who has been instrumental in the growth of the legendary Ponoka Stampede. Frank is a huge rodeo fan and supporter, traveling to many rodeos’s throughout the year and was active in the Dodge Truck rodeo program. He has served on the Ponoka Stampede board of directors for many years as well as serving two terms on the CPRA board as the Committee Rep. Frank resides in Ponoka.





Gene Miller

Gene Miller

Gene Miller – Contestant Inducted 2005

GENE MILLER has the reputation of being one of the greatest bareback riders to ever come out of Canada. His most memorable contest was winning round 1 and round 2 at the Calgary Stampede in 1977. For several years he was tied for the high mark ride in Canada wtih a score of 89 points on Poncho at Vermilion in 1976. He received the highest marked ride in bareback at the CFR in 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1979. He qualified for the CFR in 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980. The two time Canadian Bareback Champion from 1976 & 1977, had his career cut short when he suffered a broken back in the chute at the Medicine Hat Stampede in 1980. Miller would have had many more Champion titles to his name had he not had that injury. He was honoured to be selected to judge the Canadian Finals Rodeo in 1980 and 1981. Gene is from Busby, Alberta and is a successful cow-calf rancher. He and his wife Sharon, have two children, Katie and Cody.





Greg Butterfield

Greg Butterfield

Greg Butterfield – Contestant Inducted 2005

GREG BUTTERFIELD hails from Ponoka, Alberta and was born into the legendary Butterfield rodeo family. Greg qualified for nine CFR’s in the Steer Wrestling and one time in the Bareback Riding event. He was a three time Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion in 1977, 1979 & 1980. Greg served on the CPRA Board of Directors as a contestant and committee man. Greg and his family ranch in the Ponoka area.





Harley Hook

Harley Hook

Harley Hook – Contestant Inducted 2005

HARLEY HOOK is one of the great cowboys from British Columbia to claim a Canadian Championship. He did that in the Tie Down Roping in 1978 & 1980 and was named the Cowboy of the Year in 1980. Harley was also a top Steer Wrestler during his rodeo career, and has served on the CPRA Board of Directors. This Kamloops, BC native is a renowned horseman and continues to raise and train great horses on his ranch.





Isabelle Haraga

Isabelle Haraga

ISABELLE MILLER HARAGA - Contestant Inducted 2005

ISABELLE MILLER HARAGA was the Canadian Champion Barrel racer in 1960 & 1969 and was regarded as Canada’s top Barrel Racer for many years. Her accomplishments as a horse trainer are second to none as she has raised and trained many of the top barrel horses used in the rodeo business. When not training horses, Isy, as her rodeo friends know her, worked in the motion picture industry and hailed from Dewinton, Alberta. Isy was working at her home in Arizona in 2007, training barrel horses and coaching upcoming racers in rodeo, when she passed away. The great champion will be missed.





Stubby

Stubby

STUBBY, Animal, Inducted 2005

Stubby, owned by Harvey Northcott was a bull with legendary status in Canadian Pro Rodeo. He made an appearance at the NFR in 1975 among his long list of accomplishments in the arena. Stubby was a favorite draw of the bull riders and there were many top winning rides made on him. Although he was a rank bucking bull in the arena, Stubby was dog gentle outside the arena, as young children could sit on his back in the front yard of the Northcott ranch. Stubby died of natural causes in December of 1977.





AIRWOLF

AIRWOLF

Airwolf - Animal
Inducted - October 28, 2006

Franklin Rodeo’s Air Wolf is one of the most well known bronc’s in Canada and the USA in the last several years. He was born in the spring of 1994 on the Franklin ranch at Bonnyville Alberta, this
1100 pound grey gelding would perhaps be considered one of the best two event horses in the world.

Airwolf started out as a bareback horse, being named third best bareback horse of the world and NFR in 1992. In 1993, Air wolf was named Canadian and World bareback horse of the year.
In 1995 he was switched to the saddle bronc riding and was named the best Saddle bronc at Calgary Stampede and the third best bronc at the NFR.

Glen O’Neill tied the world record with a 95 point ride on the grey gelding at Innisfail in 1996.
The following year Air Wolf was voted second best saddle bronc of the world and top bronc of the Alberta Pro rodeo circuit.

In 1999, Air Wolf once again was named the best saddle bronc at the NFR, top horse of the Calgary Stampede, and the Canadian Saddle bronc of the year. It was at that finals that Air Wolf spoiled Dan Mortinson’s bid for a sixth World title, being the only horse to throw him during the ten performances.

At the 2001 Canadian finals he packed Rod Warren to his first Canadian bronc riding championship.

During the 2003 NFR at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas the great horse performed for the last time and on the eve of his retirement, Air Wolf was named saddle bronc horse of the NFR for a second and final time.

After his last trip to Vegas he was returned to the Franklin ranch at Bonnyville, to live out his days in retirement, never to be bucked again.





BRUCE <br />FLEWELLING

BRUCE
FLEWELLING

Bruce Flewelling - Builder
Inducted - October 28, 2006

Bruce Flewelling’s love of the sport has been witnessed for over forty years. A contractor and pick-up man, he has always been a willing volunteer in every aspect of rodeo, whether it be helping a barrel racer in the arena, helping a new pick-up man get the hang of things, letting a young cowboy know what rein to use on a horse or how the horse was likely to buck. He always packed a good horse for the flagman to ride and had an extra pick-up horse if needed.

Flewelling has been active at the high school rodeo level, helping out rodeo’s youth and has always been willing to give his time and talents to help a young cowboy get that “first horse” under their belt to help build their confidence.

A horse trader at heart, Bruce is always on the lookout for a “good prospect” and at the stock contractor level, some of the best stock to wear the Flewelling brand has included American Trip, British Block, Mr. Burke, Red Sky, Cheadle to name a few.


He has worked as a pick-up man for a number of contractors, including Cockx and Hook Rodeo, Northcott Rodeo, Big Country Rodeo, Vold Rodeo and Big Stone Rodeo. He also handled pick-up chores at the Calgary Stampede for 15 years and at the CFR four times. Bruce was one of the instructors at the only pick-up man school held in Canada.

Flewelling, now 67, has held a sub-contractor card for 20 years, helping round out the stock for several different outfits in the CPRA.

During his years as a competitor, Flewelling won the Canadian cow milking championship seven times, the Alberta Circuit cow milking championship seven times, and was a two-time Calgary Stampede cow milking champion.





DICK HAVENS

DICK HAVENS

Dick Havens - Contestant
Inducted - October 28, 2006

Dick joined the Cowboys’ Protective Association in 1949 and started competition in the cow riding and bareback riding events. His first winnings were at the local Dogpound Stampede where he won $10.00 in the cow riding and at the Morley Stampede where he pocketed $102 in the bareback riding. The following year he began to enter the tie down roping and by 1952 was placing in the steer decorating.

In 1955 Havens name first appeared in the year end standings, fifth place, in the Bareback riding. Four years later , 1959 he was the Canadian bareback champion . He was fourth and fifth in the standings in 1961 and 62.



There were only two cowboys that qualified for the Canadian All-Around Championship in 1961 with Dick winning by a wide margin. He was third in the All-Around standings in 1962.

In 1959 he won the bareback riding at the Calgary Stampede and was the All-Around Champion in 1962.

Dick served as a director on the CPA board in 1957 and 58 and was president in1960-61 and served two terms as vice-president.

He competed for approximately 20 years in the bareback riding and two timed events, his last winnings were in Montreal, Quebec during Expo ‘67. After retiring from active competition he devoted his time to helping young cowboys get started in rodeo.

In 1985 he became a CPRA Life Member, and in 1996 was honoured as a “Pioneer of Rodeo” by the Calgary Stampede.

Dick was born and raised in Madden, where he and his wife Clara farmed and ranched until retirement. An avid golfer he and Clara enjoy much of the winter in Arizona.





WILF HYLAND

WILF HYLAND

Wilf Hyland - Contestant
Inducted - October 28, 2006

Wilf Hyland , was born in Quesnel, BC on October 2, 1954 to parents, Jack and Rosa Hyland and spent his early years on acreages at Langley and Port Kells, BC. Being the younger brother to Hall of Famer Mel Hyland he grew up living with rodeo.

He rode a steer in Cloverdale’s little britches rodeo when he was six years old, and that same year, he entered the boys steer riding at Calgary.

In 1974 Wilf started competing in the novice saddle bronc and competition and qualified for the CFR in the novice event. In 1975 he turned professional and began to compete full time.

Hyland won his first Canadian saddle bronc championship the following year (1976) and also qualified for the NFR He ended up third in the 1977 Canadian standings and in 1978, he qualified for both the CFR and NFR, where he placed second in the Canadian standings and third in the NFR sudden-death format in Oklahoma City.

In 1980 he won his second Canadian saddle bronc title, and once again qualified for both the CFR and NFR in 1981.

Over his career he also competed in bareback, tie-down roping and cow milking, and had an uncanny ability to remember stock and scores. Hyland also served as a saddle bronc riding director on the CPRA’s board at one time.

Not only talented in the rodeo area, Hyland is also a skilled singer and guitar player. After retiring from rodeo, Hyland spent some time working in the Alaskan oilfield. He now lives in Arizona, breaking horses and working as a cabinet maker.





EMERY <br />LAGRANDEUR

EMERY
LAGRANDEUR

Emery LaGrandeur - Contestant
Inducted – October 28, 2006


Emery LaGrandeur was the older brother of 1991 Hall inductee, Peter LeGrandeur. Born near Pembleton, Oregon in 1881, LaGrandeur’s family moved to the Pincher Creek, Alta. region in 1882, where they farmed and ranched.

Emery won the World Saddle bronc Riding Championship three times; Winnipeg, 1913; New York, 1914 and again in New York in 1916. In 1917 he was crowned Canadian Champion at Medicine Hat and took the title again in 1919 in Saskatoon.

He won numerous other rodeos, including the Northwest Bronc Championships at Gleichen, Alberta in 1914, 1915 and 1916 with his last rodeo being another championship in 1922 at Gleichen, Alberta.

In 1913, LaGrandeur was proclaimed to be “the greatest rider in the world” in a article written by Guy Weadick. He stated that LaGrandeur had ridden a horse named Red Wing without halter or shank–with both hands in the air–until the horse broke during an exhibition match in Winnipeg. Red Wing had killed Joe LaMarr, a friend of LeGrandeur’s, the previous year.

Mr. A. P. Day, Sr. of Medicine Hat, Alberta, one of the top rodeo men of the First World War era stated that Fox was the best bucking horse he ever knew and Emery LaGrandeur was the best rider. He noted that Emery rode Fox five times when Fox was at his best.

After his years as a competitor, LaGrandeur served as a rodeo judge at the Calgary Stampede from 1926 until his death in 1934 at the age of 53.





DARYL MILLS

DARYL MILLS

Daryl Mills - Contestant
Inducted - October 28, 2006

In 1990, his first year as a Pro, Daryl Mills from Pink Mountain, British Columbia took the Pro Rodeo world by storm, winning the Rookie of the Year Award and the Canadian Bull Riding Championship. He did not compete the next year due to injuries but came back in 1992 to win a second Canadian Bull Riding Championship.

Daryl qualified for the Canadian Finals again in 1993 and rode the first five bulls but was thrown off the last one. In his three trips to the finals he has set a record for the most consecutive bulls ridden, a total of 17, placing on all but three. He considers this as one of his greatest personal achievements.

In 1993 Mills was the aggregate winner at the National Finals in Las Vegas and set a record for the most money won ($74,112) in the bull riding event. The following year, 1994, he won the title “World Champion Bull Rider”

Before turning Pro, Daryl won the B.C. High School Rodeo bull riding and bareback riding championship in 1987 and was the FCA and Northwest Rodeo bull riding champion in 1989.

He considers his most memorable event was making a qualified ride on “Chainsaw” in Australia in 1990. A founding member and part owner of the PBR, Daryl was inducted into the PBR “Ring of Honor” in 2002 .

Mills, now 38, once said during an interview, “Rodeo has meant not only a way of life, but an opportunity to travel and meet people of similar interests. Rodeo is a sport requiring a great talent with little pay. The challenge, competition and buckles make it all worthwhile”.





LARRY <br /> ROBINSON

LARRY
ROBINSON

Larry Robinson - Contestant
Inducted - October 28, 2006

Larry Robinson started roping calves when he was 12 years old, competing at the Little Britches rodeo in High River. Five years later, in 1974, he claimed the Alberta high school roping title, he
took out his Pro card the following year and in the next twenty years qualified for the Canadian Finals eighteen times and the National finals seven times.

At his first appearance at the CFR, age 17, Larry roped against his father, he was the youngest qualifier and Edgar the eldest. They did this again in 1979.

He won six Canadian tie-down roping titles over the course of his career (1981, 82 ,84,85, 1992 and 93) and finished second in 1983 and 86.In 1986, Robinson was the Calgary Stampede’s $50,000 bonus winner.

Robinson still holds the record for most points over 6 performances at the Canadian Finals with 190 in 1964.

He made the NFR seven times (1977, 79, 1981,82 and 1984,85,86), winning more money than any other contestant in 1984, finishing third in the world standings . He led the worlds standings through much of 1985, and came within a broken barrier of winning the world title, winding up in fourth in the final standings.

In 1986 Larry received Alberta Achievement Award in the “Performance Category”. He has also received the Commemorative metal for the 125th anniversary of Canadian Federation. This medal was in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and country. In 1993 his name was placed on the wall of honour recognizing Central Alberta Athletes achievements, in the Kurt Browning Arena in Caroline, Alberta. In 1997 he received the prestigious C.N.Woodward “Cowboy of the Year Award”.

During his career, three of Robinson’s horses were named ” Rope Horse of the Year” Lucky, Fred and Duffer won the title a combined six times.

Now 48, Robinson continues to hold annual tie-down roping schools, and many of today’s top ropers are graduates from his program.

Robinson, and his wife, Darlene, have two sons, Kirk & Ben and two daughters, Maria and Renee.





Alex Laye

Alex Laye

Alex Laye - Contestant Inducted - 2007

Alex Laye at one time or another worked every event in rodeo. He was the 1964 Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion and is known for his calm demeanour and talent for making music. Alex claimed three Canadian Cow Milking Championships, and finished in the top three in the Canadian All Round on four occasions. He was fourth in the bull and steer riding standings in 1953 and a top five finisher in the calf roping six times.
Alex lives in Consort and is Life Member of the CPRA.





Norman and <br /> Shirley Edge

Norman and
Shirley Edge

Norman and Shirley Edge - Builders Inducted - 2007

This is the first time a “couple” was inducted into the Hall of Fame together. Norman and Shirley were inducted as “Builders”.
Norman and Shirley were married in 1955 and have contributed to the sport of rodeo and the western way of life every since. Dogpound Alberta was the starting point for Norman’s rodeo career. He rode steers at the rodeo at age 15. He graduated to saddle bronc, bareback and bulls, settling for the bull riding event for the rest of his riding career. Norman continued to judge rodeo’s for a number of years. He served as President of the CPRA for 2 years. Shirley was the first secretary of the CRHA and served as its President for a couple of years. She spent countless hours getting the Western Heritage Centre up and running. She was a timer at many rodeos and was involved in designing the Central Entry System that rodeo uses today. An accomplished artist, her paintings have been displayed at many galleries, and Shirley has received many awards for her work.
Norman and Shirley have never missed a CFR performance and Shirley looked after many of the CFR banquet and fashion shows for years. The Edges have given their time and energies to the sport of rodeo their whole life and we hope will continue to do so.





Nathan Woldum

Nathan Woldum

Nathan Woldum - Contestant Inducted - 2007

Nathan was born March 10, 1912 on a farm northwest of Strathmore. Woldum started off as a chuckwagon outrider in 1931. To qualify as an outrider at the Calgary Stamped he had to enter an event, and chose the bareback. He won the World Title in Bareback in 1933, and is the only Canadian to have won that title to date. Nate passed away March 21, 1998.





Ken Brower

Ken Brower

Ken Brower - Contestant Inducted - 2007

Ken entered his first rodeo at a very young age, competing in all the events. In 1947 Ken was crowned as Canada’s All Round Champion, and finished third in the saddle bronc. Between 1947 and 1960 Ken finished in the top five in the saddle bronc and bareback events a total of five times – 3 times in saddle bronc – twice as a bareback rider.
Although Ken retired from the arena in 1960 he stayed connected to rodeo. He is credited with importing many of the first registered quarter horses in Canada; several of his bloodlines are still used in rodeo today. Ken also traded bucking horses and raised bucking bulls. In 1978, Black Bart was named Canadian Bull of the Year. Bower married Bernice Gilchrist in 1948 and they had 5 children, all of whom are involved with rodeo. Ken passed away June 17, 1982.





JH Necklace

JH Necklace

JH Necklace - Animal Inducted - 2007

Necklace was described as “one of the rankest and consistent bareback horses that Canada and the US has ever seen”, and was owned by Harry and Wayne Vold. Most bucking horses have a number brand on their hip, but not Necklace. She carried the B.C.’s Gang Ranch brand where she was born and spent the first year of her life.
The beautiful mare known by writes and announcers as “The Great Necklace” was named Champion Bareback at the NFR in 1964, the first of four times of achieving that title. Necklace was never declared the “World Champion”, only because the award never existed until 1974, long after Necklace had retired. She will always be thought of as a “World Champion”, and deservedly so.





Wayne Vold

Wayne Vold

Wayne Vold – Contestant Inducted 2008

In 1958 Wayne Vold was named Junior Steer Riding Champion at the Calgary Stampede. He finished 4th in the Canadian standing in 1963 and 1964 then won the Canadian Championship in Saddle Bronc 1965 and 1966. He became a stock contractor in 1965 and has owned some of the great horses and bulls in Canadian rodeo history, such as Sarcee Sorrel, American Express, Hobbema Hack, B13, B16, Hagar, Rambo and Sugar Ray, just to name a few. Wayne has picked up at the CFR a record 11 times. Renowned as a great singer, Vold has performed at Ranchman’s in Calgary and is sought after today to sing our National Anthem at many rodeos.





Ellie Lewis

Ellie Lewis

Ellis Lewis – Contestant Inducted - 2008

Born in 1929 in British Columbia, “Ellie” grew up to win the Canadian Saddle Bronc Championship in 1953. Four years later in 1957, he was crowned Canadian Champion Bareback Rider. He was an all-round cowboy, and he won that title, Canadian All-Around Champion in 1959. Lewis won many bareback and saddle bronc titles on both sides of the border, and in 1960 and 1961 he qualified for the World Championship as well. Ellis moved to the US in 1962 and retired from rodeo in 1983 at the age of 54.





Blue Bill

Blue Bill

Blue Bill (Meyers and Gommersall) – Animal Inducted 2008

Jerry Meyers got Blue Bill form Bill Gommersall of May Berry, Sask. In the late 1940’s trading a Gene Autry silver mounted saddle for a load of five or six horses. Bill had broke Blue Bill and used him as his saddle horse, but the day Jerry showed up he watched as Blue Bill exploded, and insisted he be part of the load. Jerry sent the horses down to Harry Knight in the US in the early 1950’s. Blue Bill bucked at many great rodeos in Saskatchewan and US, with the likes of Dwayne Howard, the Terrier brothers, Dick Nash and Johnny Sinclair trying to stay aboard. The first Canadian to make a qualified ride on Blue Bill was Winston Bruce.





Jerry Sinclair

Jerry Sinclair

Jerry Sinclair - Contestant inducted - 2008

Jerry Sinclair made 1970 a year for the history books in the world of rodeo. That year he was the North American Saddle Bronc Champion at Calgary Stampede, Rookie of the Year, and the Canadian Champion Saddle Bronc rider. N other cowboy has won those awards all in one year! And that record still stands today. He went on to qualify for the CFR in 1974, 1981 and 1982 and the Calgary Stampede in 11 out of 13 years he competed. Sinclair served on the CPRA Board as Saddle Bronc director in 1983 and 1984. Jerry has judged rodeos, worked as a pick-up man, flanked, and hauled stock from BC to PEI.





Lawrence <br /> Hutchison

Lawrence
Hutchison

Lawrence Hutchison – Contestant Inducted - 2008

This Cremona, Alberta bull rider was born in 1938.
Lawrence Hutchison is the youngest Canadian to win a championship at the age of 17. In 1957 he won the Canadian Bull Riding Championship and won it again in 1962. He placed in the top ten at the NFR in 1963 and 1966 and was a four time circuit champion in the central and southern Alberta circuits. In 1963, Hutchinson won $2,500.00 at the Denver Rodeo, one of Lawrence’s highlights in his rodeo career.





Verne Franklin

Verne Franklin

Verne Franklin - Builder - Inducted 2008

Verne Franklin was born in 1931 at Marwayne Alberta and passed away in 1999 at the age of 68. Verne competed in rodeo events at the amateur level, entering into the pro rodeo arena as a stock contractor in 1968 at the rodeo in Meadow Lake, Sask. In 1974 he earned his pro card and had 19 head of stock qualify for the first CFR. His stock earned top stock awards as far back as 1974 with great bareback horses like Transport, Air Wolf, Blue Ridge, and bulls Wilfred and Charles Manson, and an unmatched six awards for Kingsway Skoal. He was awarded the CPRA Bucking Stock of the Year 15 times.





Dale Johansen

Dale Johansen

Dale Johansen - Contestant Inducted - 2008

Dale is from Strathmore, Alberta. In 1977 he was the Alberta High School champion bull rider and turned pro in 1980. Some of Dale’s career highlights include wining the Calgary Stampede’s bull riding in 1982, qualifying for the NFR In 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987. He was the back-o-back Canadian Champion Bull Rider in 1983 and 1984. Retiring in 1988, Johansen has continued to hold bull riding and steer riding schools.





Jim Clifford

Jim Clifford

Jim Clifford
Contestant
Inducted - 2009

Remembered as a colorful character both in and out of the arena, Jim tried his hand at nearly all the major rodeo events: bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, wild cow milking and the wild horse race, an event at which he excelled and earned him the nickname “Wild Horse.” But it was bareback riding that ultimately proved the Ribstone, Alta.-native’s specialty. Jim placed in the top four in the Canadian standings nine times between 1963 and 1975. In 1965, he won the bareback championship title and was named high point champion. 1965 was an exciting year for Jim, because he also won the bareback riding championship at the Calgary Stampede. In 1967, he represented Canadian cowboys for a season in Australia. Jim even gave judging a go, when he was selected for the CFR in 1978.
Sadly, Jim has since passed away, but his legacy lives on through his years of spirited competition and support of his peers.





Don Dewar

Don Dewar

Don Dewar
Contestant
Inducted - 2009

From 1946 to 1954, Don Dewar competed in saddle bronc, steer decorating (known today as steer wrestling) and tie-down roping, so that he qualified for the All-Around title, and placed in the Canadian standings an impressive 13 times over nine consecutive years. He won the Canadian championship in the steer decorating in 1951, and placed second in the All-Around standings in 1948, 1949, 1951 and 1953.
Nearly every year from 1941 to 1945, Don was also a regular competitor competing at the Calgary Stampede in nearly every event. He placed first in round six of the Stampede’s Wild Horse Race in 1942, a feat that earned him 35 bucks. His rodeo resume also includes a world champion title in steer wrestling from a 1950 Rodeo Association of America (RAA) event in Boston. Don currently resides in Ontario.





Claire and Lois Dewar

Claire and Lois Dewar

Claire and Lois Dewar
Builder
Inducted - 2009

The Dewar sisters grew up on a mixed ranch/farm operation in Hoosier, Sask. with their older brother – and fellow 2009 inductee – Don. Not long after the girls first learned to walk, they found themselves riding horses bareback around the homestead, and after they saw pictures of vaulting in the rodeo magazines brought home by their brother, the duo got a little more daring and started developing their own stunts.
In the early ’50s, they became the first female trick riders in Canada and performed their daring stunts at stampedes, parades and fairs across North America, working with rodeo promoters and stock contractors like Harry Vold, Reg Kesler and Jerry Myers, who the Dewars now follow into the Hall of Fame.

Lois moved to the States in 1958,but the pair continued to perform together and often competed in ladies barrel racing events. Claire was instrumental in forming the Saskatchewan Girls Barrel Racing Association, and Lois won that provincial title twice. Lois later started the Cutting Horse Futurity show in southern Alberta, now run by the Calgary Stampede. She remained on staff as barn manager until she retired. Claire helped organize the annual horse show in Fiske, Sask, not far from Rosetown, where the Dewar Sisters performed for their first paying audience. She now resides in Airdrie, Alta. They also shared their knowledge with enthusiastic trick riding students like Sandy and Leanne Short, who went on to become internationally renowned trick riders in their own right.





Jim Kelts

Jim Kelts

Jim Kelts
Contestant
Inducted - 2009

Jim competed in his first rodeo as a teenager at Gooseberry Lake, near Vermilion, Alta., in 1971. The following year, he made his professional saddle bronc debut in Killam, Alta. as a permit holder, joining the CPRA in 1974.

Over the course of his career, Jim was a Canadian Finals Rodeo finalist nine times (1974-1982) and a National Finals Rodeo (NFR) finalist four times (1974, 1976-1978). He won the Canadian Novice Saddle Bronc Championship in 1973, placed fourth overall in the world standings in 1978. He ranked among the top four in Canada 10 times, finishing second four times and finally winning the Canadian saddle bronc title in 1984.

After retiring from active competition, Jim has stayed involved in rodeo as a pickup man at many CPRA sanctioned rodeos.





Ruth McDougall

Ruth McDougall

Ruth McDougall
Contestant
Inducted - 2009

Starting in 1983, the year ladies barrel racing joined the CPRA, Ruth placed in the top two at the CFR for eight consecutive years. Five of those years saw her win the championship title and an unprecedented three in a row from 1987 to 1989.

She was equally successful competing at the NFR in Las Vegas, Nev. She was the ladies barrel racing champion at the Calgary Stampede in 1986. She now lives in Oklahoma.





Mark Wagner

Mark Wagner

Mark Wagner
Builder
Inducted - 2009

Mark Wagner has been involved in and sponsored many rodeos across western Canada, and was instrumental in helping the Luxton Pro Rodeo in British Columbia make the transition from amateur to professional. He helped contestants pay their entry fees, and even their way down the road if they needed help on occasion.

Additionally, Wagner owned and operated Gayland Shows (later named MF Wagner Shows), a carnival and midway business that provided entertainment in conjunction with many CPRA rodeos. Mark used some of the money earned from this venture to develop and enhance rodeo in Armstrong, B.C. MF Wagner Shows also provided financial awards to contestants through a series of rodeos that encouraged contestants to compete at rodeos they might not otherwise have entered.
Mark lost a battle with cancer in 2011 and the rodeo world lost a great supporter, but one that will always be remembered.





Wes Zieffle

Wes Zieffle

Wes Zieffle
Builder
Inducted - 2009

Wes was born in Medicine Hat in 1945 and worked his first rodeo when he was 14. As a contestant, he joined the CPRA in 1964 and was extremely successful competing in steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping; however, it’s his non-competitive contributions to rodeo that have really made him a champion in the Canadian rodeo arena.
Mentor, instructor, father and friend, Wes has had many champions practice in his arena at Monitor, Alta. and never seems to tire of the action. The unselfish giving of his time, facilities and his horses has helped many young cowboys hone their skills.





Twist

Twist

Twist
Animal
Inducted - 2009

Twist started out as a rope horse until Wes Zieffle purchased him for $400 worth of oats. Trained by Zieffle as a steer wrestling horse, he was the first to receive the title of Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, an honour bestowed upon the steed in 1979, and a title he won four more times! Twist carried many riders to the CFR, including Ben Hern, Ken Guenther and Blaine Pederson, and was featured on the CFR’s official 1982 poster.





Gordon Doan

Gordon Doan

Gordon Doan
Contestant
Inducted - 2010

Gordon Doan competed alongside his brothers Melvin and Urban Doan. Gordon was well known as a great bareback rider although he competed in al the roughstock events. He picked up his first Canadian Bareback Championship in 1945 and then a second one in 1946. In 1946, Gordon placed fourth overall in the saddle bronc, fourth in the steer riding, so it was no surprise when he was named the 1946 Canadian All Around Champion.





Phil Doan

Phil Doan

Phil Doan
Contestant
Inducted - 2010

Phil Doan, another great member of the talented Doan family, carried on the family tradition of success in the rodeo arena. The bareback rider and steer wrestler who occasionally competed in the bull riding served as the Bareback Director for the CRCA (before it became the CPRA) from 1964 to 1967, then again in 1969, then stepped in as the All Round Director in 1970 to 1973. Phil was named the Cowboy of the Year in 1971 by his peers and won the Canadian Steer Wrestling Championship in 1973 and the Canadian All Around Championship in 1974.





Clayton Hines

Clayton Hines

Clayton Hines
Contestant
Inducted - 2010

Clayton Hines was a familiar face at the Canadian Finals Rodeo from 1980 to the early 1990’s. Low Tone, as he was known to his peers, secured the Canadian Saddle Bronc title in a tie breaking ride with Mel Hyland. Clayton was a true cowboy in every sense of the word, and his dedication to his fans were well known as he always took time to sign autographs for the younger rodeo buffs. Clayton won his second Canadian Saddle Bronc Championship in 1985.





Edith Malesh

Edith Malesh

Edith Malesh
Builder
Inducted - 2010

Edith Malesh was named the CPRA Committee Person of the Year in 1991 for all her hard work as a Director of the Assiniboia, SK, South Country Roundup. Edith had already served the rodeo committee in Assiniboia for 18 years before taking the title of Committee Person of the Year. She was also the Secretary for the Alberta/Saskatchewan Southern Rodeo Circuit, and started the Sask. Pro Rodeo Circuit after the Alberta circuit split into its own. Edith was the Sask representative on the CPRA Board from 1988 to 1995.





Everett Vold

Everett Vold

Everett Vold
Contestant
Inducted - 2010

Everett Vold was a great Bareback rider but an even better Steer Decorator as he captured the 1949 Canadian Steer Decorating Championship. Although Everett never won a championship in the Bareback event he was a strong contender, appearing in the top three of the Canadian standings no less than five times between 1946 and 1950.





Wyatt Earp Skoal

Wyatt Earp Skoal

Wyatt Earp
Animal
Inducted - 2010

Wyatt Earp is owned by the Northcott Rodeo, and was ranch raised near Caroline Alberta. Wyatt Earp was one of the most formidable broncs a cowboy could draw. During his career, the bald faced bay stud made five consecutive appearances at CFR. The 1600 lb. stallion won a number of awards, including the Canadian Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year in 1997 and 1998. He was named Saddle Bronc Horse of the Calgary Stampede twice and was voted both Saddle Bronc Horse of the CFR and NFR in 1996 and 1997. Wyatt Earp is still standing at stud on the Northcott Ranch.





Floyd Peters

Floyd Peters

Floyd Peters
Contestant
Inducted - 2010

Floyd Peters was a tie-down roper and steer decorator and wrestler from Cardston, Alberta. He won the Canadian Steer Decorating Championship in 1945, and three consecutive Canadian Tie-Down Roping Championships from 1945 to 1947. Floyd is only one of two cowboys to win a Canadian championship in both timed events, the other cowboy being the 1993 Hall of Fame Inductee Kenny McLean.





Don Johansen

Don Johansen

Don Johansen
Contestant
Inducted - 2011

Don began his rodeo career in the Boys Steer Riding with the FCA and was named Rookie of the Year for that association in 1973. Don then turned pro and claimed the 1978 Canadian Bull Riding Championship. Don qualified for CFR 9 times in the Bull Riding and was the CPRA Cowboy of the Year in 1986.

Don continues to put on steer and bull riding schools for the champions of tomorrow and gives his time as chute boss for Ponoka, Strathmore and the CFR. Don and his wife Nancy reside in Chestermere.





Ralph Murray

Ralph Murray

Ralph Murray
Builder
Inducted - 2011

Ralph has spent over three decades involved in the sport of rodeo and continues to devote his volunteer time to the CPRA in an advisory capacity. He has been the Medicine Hat General Manager which has seen two pro rodeos held there. Under his watch the CPRA was restructured and rodeo reached a whole new level of exposure and credibility as a sport. Ralph was a member of the CFR commission and a devoted representative of rodeo. He resides in Medicine Hat in his home with the most beautiful yard in the city.





Glen ONeill

Glen ONeill

Glen O'Neill
Contestant
Inducted 2011

Glen came to Canada from Australia and became a Canadian Citizen shortly thereafter. He had won all there was to win in the land down under, being named the Australian SB Champion in 1992, so set his sights on conquering the saddle bronc event in Canada and the US. Did he ever accomplish that!!! He started off winning the 1995 Calgary Stampede $50,000, then tied the Canadian Highest Point ride recorded of 95, riding Airwolf at the Innisfail Rodeo. Glen continued to make his mark in rodeo taking the Canadian Saddle Championship in 2000 then the World Championship in 2002. Glen and his wife Jennifer have two beautiful children and reside on a ranch outside of Didsbury.





Ernie Marshall

Ernie Marshall

Ernie Marshall
Builder
Inducted 2011

Ernie was rodeo’s “funny man” for over 40 years! He started at the age of 14, traveling with Buddy Heaton and Cliff Claggats Wild West Rodeo. Under the direction of Chuck Henson, he became a very capable bull fighter, but loved the fans of rodeo so much he devoted his skills to being a rodeo clown. Ernie now makes his home in Wainwright.





Joe Lucas

Joe Lucas

Joe Lucas
Contestant
Inducted 2011

Joe is a four time Canadian Tie Down Roping Champion and a 22 time qualifier to the CFR and a 9 time qualifier to NFR. He was been a Calgary Stampede Champion, Pendleton Champion and the list goes on. Joe has hosted many roping schools and spends a great deal of time with his kids and their rodeo endeavors. Joe and his family reside outside of Carstairs.





Ted Vayro

Ted Vayro

Ted Vayro
Contestant
Inducted 2011

Ted became a CRCA and RCA member in 1959 and competed in the bareback and steer wrestling events. Ted served as a Director on the CPRA Board for 16 years, and was co-owner of the Grasslands Rodeo Contracting business, raising excellent rodeo stock. Ted contributed his time for over 20 years as the CFR Livestock superintendent, retiring in 1995 to spend more time for the development of junior rodeo competitors in BC. Ted resides in Knutsford, BC.





Charles Manson

Charles Manson

Charles Manson
Animal
Inducted 2011

Charles Manson, Franklin Rodeo
Charles Manson, like his namesake was a miserable speciman, but he wasn’t in the arena to make friends – he was there to buck! He was named Canadian Champion Bull of the Year in 1983 and 1984, and is a great addition to the Animal Category in the Rodeo Hall of Fame for the Franklin Rodeo Company.





Cliff Williamson

Cliff Williamson

Cliff Williamson
Contestant
Inducted - 2012

Cliff Williamson set a record that will most likely NEVER be broken in professional rodeo! Cliff qualified and competed at the Canadian Finals Rodeo 29 YEARS! Over that period of time Cliff was named the Canadian Champion Tie Down Roper FIVE times. His first was in 1989 and his fifth was in 2002. Cliff retired in 2008, accomplishing as much as any cowboy ever would in his event. Today, Cliff and his wife Stacey enjoy golfing and warm weather in the Arizona sunshine!





Grated Coconut

Grated Coconut

Grated Coconut
Animal
Inducted 2012

Grated Coconut is a great stallion that the Calgary Stampede Ranch raised and promoted. He was named the Canadian Champion Bareback Horse SIX times; the World Champion Bareback Horse SIX times; the CFR Champion Bareback Horse FIVE times, and the 2008 Best Bareback Horse of the NFR. Known as the greatest bucking horse of the century, Grated Coconut was retired in 2010 and stands at stud at the Calgary Stampede Ranch, siring many future champions.





Mark Roy

Mark Roy

Mark Roy
Contestant
Inducted 2012

Mark Roy always knew he wanted to be a rodeo cowboy. Growing up in Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan he moved to Alberta to hone his skills as a Steer Wrestler. In 1991, Mark was named the Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, setting a CFR event money earning record at the same time. The year 1992 was a great year for Mark, as he was presented the Guy Weadick award at the Calgary Stampede, won his second Canadian Steer Wrestling Championship then travelled to Las Vegas to the NFR where he took the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in Steer Wrestling. Mark won the NFR Average again in 1996 and finally retired in 2008. Mark and Audi reside outside of Calgary, where they enjoy following their son’s in rodeo and football.





Elaine Watt

Elaine Watt

Elaine Watt
Contestant
Inducted 2012

Elaine Watt was born & raised in a bilingual region of Manitoba and began her quest of becoming a Canadian Champion in the rodeo arena at age 14. Elaine won her first Canadian Barrel Racing Championship in 1978, her second in 1979 and her third in 1982. A positive attitude and never showing defeat was the rule Elaine lived by throughout her rodeo career. Elaine and her husband Neil live in Southern Alberta where they follow their kids rodeo careers.





Rod Warren

Rod Warren

Rod Warren
Contestant
Inducted 2012

Rod Warren captured his first Canadian All Around Championship in 1994, and qualified for NFR the first of nine appearances in Vegas. Rod won the Aggregate Award four times at NFR, which is astounding, as ten days of grueling competition, takes its toll on cowboys. Rod won the Canadian All Around Championship NINE times (six times in consecutive years); the Hi Point Championship THREE times, and the Canadian Saddle Bronc Champion in 2001 and 2005. Rod and wife Jennifer reside in Central Alberta and are busy following their two son’s rodeo dreams during the summer months.





Roger Lacasse

Roger Lacasse

Roger Lacasse

Roger Lacasse grew up in Mirabel, Quebec and moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1989 to become a rodeo Cowboy! He succeeded in fulfilling that goal by winning the Canadian Bareback Championship in 1998 and again in 2004, and a Calgary Stampede $50,000 winner. Roger lives in Quebec today, and is still connected to rodeo as he continues to judge, and put on rodeo schools.





Harvey Northcott

Harvey Northcott

Harvey Northcott
Builder
Inducted 2012

Harvey Northcott competed in the rodeo arena in the Bull Riding, Bareback and Steer Wrestling events, and won the 1970 CCA Steer Wrestling Championship. But Harvey has made his name in rodeo as one the the top Stock Contractors in the business. He started raising bucking stock as a real business after his first rodeo in Carseland in 1967. There are many top horses and bulls that the Northcott Rodeo Company have seen reach the top of their game, with two of those in the Hall of Fame. (Wyatt Earp and Stubby). Harvey lost his battle with cancer in 2010, but he made rodeo so much richer just by being a part of it. He left this world with the knowledge that his legacy will live on in the rodeo stock his family are still raising and bucking today.





ARNOLD HARAGA

ARNOLD HARAGA

Arnold Haraga
Contestant
Inducted 2013

Arnold was cowboy to the core. He claimed the All Around Championship in 1970 and in that same year won the Canadian Championship in the Steer Wrestling event. He stayed in the top five of the Tie Down Roping and Steer Wrestling standings through most of his rodeo career. Arnold had a tremendous amount of try. He was so determined to better himself in his sport that he would practice for hours until it was just too dark to see in his practice pen. He would not be satisfied to stop practicing until he felt everything was to his standards. It was such dedication that made him a champion. Arnold was a multi-talented man and took up the art of sculpting later in his life. Sadly, the rodeo world lost a great competitor and a wonderful supporter of the sport when he passed away.





GINA MCDOUGALL

GINA MCDOUGALL

Gina McDougall
Contestant
Inducted 2013

Even though Gina was only actively competing on the professional circuit for four years, she was the Alberta Circuit Champion and twice earned the title of Canadian Ladies Barrel Racing Champion. These titles were won in 1962 and 1963. She put on barrel racing schools and many young ladies got their first guidance in the sport from this knowledgeable horsewoman. Gina became a renowned artist, creating bronze sculptures to be cherished by award winners for years to come.





FRED ROPE HORSE

FRED ROPE HORSE

Fred Rope Horse
Animal
Inducted 2013

The very first tie down roping horse to be inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is a horse that was simply known as Fred. This horse was name the best horse in his event in 1985, 1986 and 1994. Larry Robinson made a large portion of his career earnings when he was roping off of Fred.





MERV CHURCHILL

MERV CHURCHILL

Merv Churchill
Builder
Inducted 2013

Merv is a life-long resident of Falkland, BC and he is the main reason for the success of the Falkland Stampede. He has been actively involved in the management of his hometown professional rodeo for over 25 years. In 1982 Merv deservingly was named the Committee Person of the year in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.





BILL BOYD

BILL BOYD

Bill Boyd
Contestant
Inducted 2013

Bill Boyd started riding and training colts at the age of 10. After a brief stint in the amateur ranks he bought his C.P.R.A card in 1983 and his P.R.C.A. card in 1984. As a professional bareback rider he had an astounding 22 consecutive qualifications for the C.F.R. and also qualified for the N.F.R. 5 times. He won the Canadian title in Bareback riding in 1992, 1994 and 2001. Bill was named Cowboy of the Year in 2003. He is known to have been a fair and honest competitor with tremendous respect for the stock. More recently Bill Boyd can be found training race horses or serving as pickup man at various rodeos. He resides near Olds, AB.





Darrell Cholach

Darrell Cholach

Darrell Cholach
Contestant
Inducted 2014

Darrell Cholach was born in 1963 and was raised southwest of Valleyview. The first rodeo he competed in was the 1975 TeePee Creek Stampede. He went from being a steer rider to a bull rider. The late Kenton Randall entered Darrell in the Bareback Riding at a bush rodeo north of High Prairie. Darrell was primarily a bull rider but, thanks to the late Verne Franklin, would get on the odd bareback horse for an exhibition ride. In 1983 Darrell would enter both the Bull Riding and the Bareback Riding at NRA, FCA, LRA, MRA and CCA rodeos, travelling from northern BC to Manitoba. After winning the CCA Bareback title in 1983, he decided to turn professional.
He qualified for his first CFR in 1986. He competed in the Olympic rodeo in Calgary in 1988 and again in Salt Lake City in 2002. He also traveled to Brazil and Australia to compete. In 1989 he won the Copenhagen/Dodge Tour Championship, which earned him a new Dodge truck. He won the BC Circuit title in 1994. In 1995 he won the $50,000 at the Calgary Stampede. Darrell qualified for the CFR 16 times in total, winning the average title in Bareback in 1992, 1996 and 1999. It was in 1993, 1996 and 1999 that he won his 3 Canadian Bareback Championships.
While competing, he served 5 years on the CPRA board of directors. Darrell was always willing to participate in the Black Tie Bingo, Rodeo Magic and school visits. After his competition years, Darrell judged professional rodeo. In 2006 he was named Cowboy of the Year.





Dave Garstad

Dave Garstad

Dave Garstad
Contestant
Inducted 2014

Dave Garstad was raised on the family’s farm north of Veteran. He was the 8th child in a family of 9. Dave, as well as twin brother Mark and older brother Gid were all well known in rodeo.
George Myren signed a release form, allowing Dave to start competing. He rode broncs on the amateur circuit in 1959 and within 3 months he had earned enough to turn professional.
Dave rode bulls, bareback horses and he steer wrestled. He kept in shape and was likely the first bull rider to do pre-ride stretches and exercises.
Dave Garstad won the title of Canadian Champion Bull Rider in 1967. He was 3 times the Southern Circuit leader and he often traveled to compete in the U.S.
Dave was always appreciative and known to be a gentleman.
At the age of 37, Dave qualified for the CFR in 1980. It was at those finals where Dave lost sight in one eye, due to injury. This ended his rodeo career.
Dave Garstad said, “The onus is on ourselves to win at whatever we choose, because nobody is going to win it for us.”





Chester Skoal Bandit

Chester Skoal Bandit

Chester Skoal Bandit
Animal
Inducted 2014

Chester Skoal Bandit was born in 1990 on the Art Klassen ranch north of Jenner, AB. He grew to be a 1300 pound chestnut gelding that was first tried in the bronc riding. He fought the halter so much that he was moved into the bareback string.
In the late 1990’s he was hauled throughout Canada and the US, bucking at the big rodeos including Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Denver. He would often be drawn 30 to 35 trips in a season.
In 1997 Chester was voted the Canadian Champion Bareback Horse. In 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2003 he was voted Bareback Horse of the CFR which earned Big Stone Rodeo a new Dodge truck each of those years. In 2002 Chester was also voted Bareback Horse of the NFR.
At the 2014 CFR, Chester Skoal Bandit was let into the arena to let the fans have another look at him as he was recognized for being inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.





Neil McKinnon

Neil McKinnon

Neil McKinnon
Builder
Inducted 2014

Neil McKinnon was born in 1926 in Calgary. With an interest in cattle and horses he developed LK Ranches and XL Beef. Neil was instrumental in the organization of the rodeo in Bassano, seeing it grow from amateur to professional status. He supplied chutes, panels, manpower, bulls and calves. To help contestants get to all of the rodeos on the same weekend as Bassano, Neil supplied an airplane to pilot Dale Trottier and his travelling partners. Demand increased and Neil supplied a second plane. From 1973 to 1976 he coordinated the Bassano Pro Indoor Rodeo.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s Neil sent part of his ranching crew to assist with the Calgary Stampede rodeo. Working with Kesler Rodeo, Neil supplied bucking bulls to the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Finals Rodeo. He owned Canadian Champion Bucking Bull, “Black Bart.”
Neil was a driving force in getting pro rodeo to Strathmore and XL Foods has been a major sponsor of the Strathmore Heritage Days.
Neil McKinnon taught his family the importance of being a gentleman cowboy, being honest, fair, respectful and kind.





Lee Laskosky

Lee Laskosky

Lee Laskosky
Contestant
Inducted 2014

Lee Laskosky was born in 1958 and raised on the family farm near Viking, AB. Bill Cikiluk inspired Lee to start rodeoing. Mac Mackie from nearby Kinsella was another mentor to him. Lee saw success on the amateur circuit and in 1982 he turned to the professional ranks. He competed extensively for 15 years, winning the Canadian Steer Wrestling Championship in 1984 and 1986. In 1986 he won the $50,000 at the Calgary Stampede. He also was a Tie-Down Roper which put him in contention for the High Point Award. Four times he qualified for the Steer Wrestling at the National Finals Rodeo. In 1993 he went into the NFR as the season leader of the world.
Lee’s horse “Hammer” was the 2004 Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year. Lee had retired from rodeo when his son wanted to hit the trail. He briefly returned to rodeo, travelling with son Luke, and ended up qualifying for his 13th CFR. When the finals ended that year, Lee sat 3rd in Canada’s standings.
Lee Laskosky fondly remembers family, good horses and great friends to travel with as key ingredients to a successful life and a great rodeo career. Reflecting on his rodeo days, Lee said, “Those were the best years of my life and I can say that without a doubt and with no regrets.”





Viola Thomas

Viola Thomas

Viola Thomas
Contestant
Inducted 2014

Raised on a ranch southwest of Calgary, Viola Thomas rode her horse to school until she went to the big city for high school and college. By the time she was a teenager she had won many trophies in competitive cross country trail and horse show events.
In 1957 she left the show ring for the rodeo arena, but she did not begin her rodeo career as a barrel racer. She trained and used her horses for the Steer Decorating event which preceded today’s Steer Wrestling event. Several titles were won by contestants using Viola’s team. In 1958 she began entering the barrel racing and won the Canadian title in her first year. She won again in 1959, then took a year to compete in the United States, and came back to win her third Canadian Barrel Racing Championship in 1961.
Viola then was an accomplished jockey on the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred tracks in Alberta and California. In 1968 Viola was selected to represent Canada by riding in the International Thoroughbred Derby. There she won a silver medal for her country. She was the first woman to be licensed as a jockey on an A track in Alberta. She was soon licensed in BC, Saskatchewan and Washington state as well.
Viola has been a range rider for a ranch in BC and a trail guide in Jasper National Park. Viola Thomas can truly say that everything she has today was earned on the back of a horse.





Dee Butterfield

Dee Butterfield

Dee Butterfield
Contestant
Inducted 2015

Dee Watt was raised on a working cattle ranch, just west of Williams Lake, BC, at a place called Big Creek. She started riding at age 3 and by age 4 she was wrangling on 30 mile cattle drives. At age 11 she learned about barrel racing from a book by Jane Mayo. She entered her first rodeo at age 12 and was a serious competitor at the age of 14.
Able to ride and rope as well as any man, she earned the nickname of “Cowboy” from the local Native cowboys.
Dee also rode English until the age of 16, as her grandmother had the first English riding academy in Western Canada.
Dee trained and raced her own horses, competing in the amateur circuits and the CGRA where she collected 15 championships.
When Dee was 18 she held her first barrel racing clinic and instantly had a passion for teaching.
Dee qualified for the first CFR, in 1974. The next year she moved to Alberta and qualified for the NFR.
In the 80's, Dee married Craig Butterfield and Ponoka became her home. Craig and Dee soon started to focus on their horse breeding program, looking to produce great barrel horses.
In 1992 Dee Butterfield was crowned Canadian Champion Barrel Racer. 1994 would be Dee's 11th and final year as a CFR contestant. During those 11 finals, she had qualified on 5 different horses.
Dee has served as a director of the BC IRA board and the CGRA board. She was the first barrel racing director of the CPRA and was instrumental in barrel racing getting equal money to the major events.
In 1975, Dee was named Canadian Pro Rodeo Woman of the Year during International Women's Year celebrations. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Bill Kehler Award at the Ponoka Stampede.
Dee teaches clinics across Canada, the US and Australia. Her students have included World Champion Lindsay Sears, Calgary Stampede Champion Jill Besplug, and Canadian Champion Gaylene Buff. Her students have ranged in age from 4 years to 65 years.
Dee Butterfield is a remarkable horsewoman and a legend in the world of barrel racing.





Jim Freeman

Jim Freeman

Jim Freeman
Contestant
Inducted 2015

The first rodeo Jim Freeman entered was his hometown of Olds, as a local entry in the Bareback Riding. There he borrowed equipment from Jim Clifford who was the best in the business at the time.
He was born in Camrose, AB. The family later moved to Ft. St. John, BC and then to settled in the Olds/Torrington area of Alberta.
Jim rode steers and then wanted to be a bronc rider. He rode saddle bronc and bareback in the FCA and rode a few bulls too.
Years later he would be instrumental in starting the rodeo program at Red Deer College and SAIT in Calgary.
Jim began his pro rodeo career as a bullrider in 1973. That year he won the Permit Award in Canadian Professional Rodeo. At the very first CFR in 1974, Jim Freeman was declared the Canadian Champion Bull Rider.
Jim's ride on Weatherly's Homer scored 92 points, and was the first bull ride at the Calgary Stampede to be in the 90's. He rode Vold's -22 at the Bruce Stampede for 93 points.
Jim could rope calves well and his name would appear in the All Around standings. He was the Bull Riding Champion of the Central Circuit in 1975, and the Southern Circuit in 1976. He won 2nd in the Canada vs US challenge.
In 1982 Jim was awarded the CN Woodward Cowboy of the Year honor. He served on the CPRA board from 1978 to 1982 and was the 1981-1982 Director of Marketing for the CPRA.
Jim was a Wrangler Pro Official and judged the CFR in 1981, 1983 and 1986.
Jim Freeman was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Canadian Government in 1988. This was for his contribution in making the '88 Calgary Olympic Rodeo a reality.
Always being a humanitarian and having close ties to the Sundre area, Jim coordinated the search and worked tirelessly when the plane carrying Gary Logan, Brian Claypool, Lee Coleman and Calvin Bunney went down in 1979. For this, the families, friends and rodeo community thank this talented and giving individual.





Junior

Junior

Junior
Animal
Inducted 2015

Owned by J.W. (Bearman) Campbell
In 1967, Jim “Bearman” Campbell bought a big, sorrel gelding from World Champion tie-down roper Junior Garrison for $2500. The horse was immediately named “Junior” and Jim knew right away that he had bought something special. He just didn't know how specialthat the horse would become.
Jim hauled Junior to rodeos in Canada and the US, mounting many of the top ropers from both countries. Phil Lyne, Jeff Copenhaver, Bob Ragsdale, Paul Tierney and Roy Cooper all paid mount money for the use of Junior over the years.
Kenny McLean rode Junior to win his 1972 Canadian championship as well as his 1972 title at the Calgary Stampede. In 1973, Tom Ferguson won the Calgary Stampede while riding Junior. Barry and Roy Burke, Lee Cochrell, Larry Ferguson and Bearman all rodeo Junior in Calgary that year and Junior earned the award of the Best Rope Horse.
In 1974, Kenny McLean, Bob Rusk and Bearman rode Junior at the CFR. Roy Groves and Junior set the Canadian record of 8.4 at Calgary's Rodeo Royal.
Kenny McLean, Lorne Wells, Gerald Reber and Jim Gladstone were all Canadian champions who rode this horse often and made money consistently.
Junior like his job and worked a rope extremely well.
For many years Jim drove a 1968 International truck and pulled an online single horse trailer. People often commented that it was a $500 truck hauling around a $2500 horse.
Jim retired Junior in 1980 and the gelding lived out the rest of his years on the family ranch west of Olds. He died in 1996 and Jim buried him on a spot overlooking the Dog Pound Creek.





Greg Cassidy

Greg Cassidy

Greg Cassidy
Contestant
Inducted 2015

Raised on the family farm a few miles southeast of Donalda, AB, Greg Cassidy's main influence was his father Charles “Spitz” Cassidy. Greg started out riding steers and in 1976 he began entering the timed events. He bought his pro card in 1978 and never looked back.
Greg qualified for the CFR 10 times in the Tie-Down Roping and 13 times in the Steer Wrestling. Over the years he won 6 Canadian championships. These included the Steer Wrestling titles in 1985, 1987, 1988 and 2000. He won the Hi Point title in 1987 and 1988.
At the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics he won a silver medal in the Tie-Down Roping and a bronze medal in the Steer Wrestling while he was the only contestants there in two events.
Greg Cassidy won the $50,000 bonus in the Calgary Stampede Tie-Down Roping in 1984. He twice won the $50,000 bonus in the Steer Wrestling there, those years being 1990 and 2001. He is the only contestant to have won the bonus there in two different events.
Greg was named Cowboy of the Year in 1992. He spent 7 years as the Tie-Down Roping director and 6 years as president of the CPRA.
Greg had the unique experience of twice competing at the CFR against both of his sons.





Harris Dvorkin

Harris Dvorkin

Harris Dvorkin
Builder
Inducted 2015

Harris Dvorkin grew up dividing his time between South Calgary and the family farm near Rumsey, AB.He was adopted and raised by his grandparents. His stepfather, Dan Rosenthal, also played an important role in his life. Dan introduced Harris to people like Hank Willard of the chuckwagon world. At an early age, Harris developed a passion for the cowboy way of life.
His city home was next to a livery stable and Harris rode Shetland ponies that his grandfather had bought. Harris graduated from Western Canada High School and then tried university where he studied pre-med for a short time. He soon realized that he was more inclined to find success in the restaurant business.
He worked as a Leasing Manager for United Property Management, later worked for Allarco Developments and as General Manager of the Beachcomber Restaurant in downtown Calgary. At the Beachcomber he started up Alberta's first real night club and he even hired Tiny Tim for the first act.
Harris continued to form friendships with prominent members of the rodeo world. These included Wayne Vold, Gid Garstad, Buddy Heaton, the Crowchilds and the Gladstones.
The Beachcomber burned down and the opportunity to build a steakhouse on the south end of Macleod Trail. That steakhouse would be the Ranchman's and Kevin Baker would be Harris Dvorkin's business partner.
The popularity of the establishment grew with it being the home of the Wayne Vold Show in the 1970's.1976 saw a need for expansion and the Saddle Room was opened. In 1995, a renovation brought the seating capacity up to 1050.
The Ranchman's has been Calgary's Country Music Assocations Club of the Year a total of 6 times. It has been named CCMA's Country Club of the Year 9 times. Many of country's biggest names have played there. It has also been the setting for many movies and has been host to the Ranchman's Renegades PBR Bullbustin' which takes place on the parking lot. This event has been a major fundraiser for the Project Warmth Society and the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center.
Harris Dvorkin was co-founder of the CPRA's Cowboy Benefit Fund. He was instrumental in having the Boys Steer Riding be part of CFR and he helped to get Ladies Barrel Racing recognized as a major event, receiving equal prize money. For many year Harris sponsored the LBR bronze to the champion and breast collars to the contestants. Ranchmans has sponsored CPRA season leader saddles for bronc riders and bull rider as well as steer riding awards.
Harris Dvorkin was on the Calgary Stampede committee for 21 years and is on the Alumni Committee.
The Ranchmans has hosted several benefit events for cowboys and cowgirls faced with hard times. Harris estimates that over $2 million has been raised for contestants and for charity causes over the years.





Pearl Mandeville

Pearl Mandeville

Pearl Mandeville
Builder
Inducted 2015

A beautiful city girl from Winnipeg, Pearl Mandeville met and married Hall of Fame cowboy Harold. Her passion for fashion helped to improve the image of rodeo in Canada. She regularly won best dressed awards, wearing outfits that she had designed and sewn.
Starting riding at the age of 27, Pearl began competing in 1957. She won the barrel racing title in Edmonton 3 times, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat once each. She won the Southern Alberta Riding and Roping Association title and served as their secretary for 2 years. She brought in world champion Ardith Bruce to hold a clinic for young cowgirls.
Three times Pearl won the Southern Alberta Cutting Horse Championship in the Ladies Division. Making herself available to committees and contractors, Pearl proudly claimed that she likely carried more flags for grand entries and parades than anyone in rodeo.
Pearl Mandeville timed nearly every rodeo in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as the Expo 67 rodeo in Montreal. She was one of the official timers at the first CFR in 1974.
Pearl often judged the Miss Rodeo Canada contest and served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the ladies fashion show held during CFR, while she supplied some of her own vintage rodeo clothing for the models to wear.
This busy lady organized and participated in many trips to various hospitals. She was also the promotional director for the first year that Alberta had a High School Rodeo Association.
Pearl did Sunday morning radio broadcasts for her hometown station, giving rodeo results. A picture of the Mandeville family was used as a GWG advertisement and appeared on the back cover of rodeo programs for several years.
In 1964 the top 4 eastern barrel racers competed against the top 4 from the west. This contest took place in Maple Leaf Gardens as part of the Toronto Rodeo. Pearl won 8 of the 9 rounds.
On the way home from Toronto, Pearl mentioned to Harold that everyone would likely be asking her the rodeo. Harold asked her why she didn't make up a little newsletter. This conversation started in Manitoba and by the time the Mandeville's reached Regina, they were planning a newspaper which they would call the Canadian Rodeo News.
They had no formal training in printing a paper. They decided to have it printed in Taber, as they offered the best deadline. Harold and Pearl wanted the information to be as current as possible. They also got a paper postage rate by sending it from where it was printed. The paper was printed twice a month and there was also a yearly wrap-up Championship Edition book. The Mandeville's were doing this with no cell phone, no computers, not fax machines, no email, and no digital photos.
The family gathered the information, typed, proofed, folded and mailed the paper, all by hand. Once the papers were addressed, they were sorted for the different towns and cities. Pearl also sold advertising spots to help defer the costs. A copy of Canadian Rodeo News at that time sold for 25 cents!
As soon as one edition was done, it was time to start the next. Harold and Pearl eventually bought an electric typewriter which helped speed things up somewhat.
In 1968, Canadian Rodeo News was sold to the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association.
The paper has provided standings, stories and information to contestants, committees, contractors and fans for decades and Pearl Mandeville was behind it all!





Bob Hartell

Bob Hartell

Bob Hartell - Contestant

Bob Hartell started his rodeo career at the age of 12, competing in a Little Britches Rodeo. After a successful amateur career, Bob's peers convinced him to turn professional in 1973. In his first year as a pro cowboy, he was third in the All Around race, regularly competing in the Bareback, Bull Riding, and Steer Wrestling and occasionally in the Tie Down Roping.
Bob instructed Bull Riding Schools with fellow inductees John Dodds and Jim Freeman.
He won the All Around title in Canada in 1975.
Bob and Yvonne were married and raised Lisa, Lindy and Wace. They reside at Strathmore, AB.





96 Confusion

96 Confusion

Confusion - Animal

#96 CONFUSION
BULL, OWNED BY HARVEY NORTHCOTT RODEO

Bought as a yearling, in a package of 3 in 1977, this tan colored cross bred Brahma grew up to become a terror to the bull riders in Canada and the US. He was one of the rankest that the Northcott family would ever own. A product of a Central Alberta AI course, this lot was taken to the Bucking Horse Sale at the Daines Rodeo Ranch.
With no set pattern, he just plain bucked. He was named Confusion because the bull riders who tried him, found things to happen very quickly and get really confusing.
Confusion was selected for the CFR in 1979 when he was just 3 years old, and went back for the next 8 years. The late John Dodds was the first to ride him for the full 8 seconds, winning a round of the 1982 CFR with 86 points. In 1983, Cody Snyder rode Confusion for 95 points, creating a record score that still stands today.
Seven times, Confusion was selected to buck at the NFR, making trips to the world finals in 1980 through 1986.
Dan Lowry is one of only 6 cowboys to have ridden the phenomenal bull. That time he won a round of the CFR on him. But another time in Falkland, he bucked so hard that he tore both back pockets off of Lowry's Wranglers.
Being ridden only 6 times in well over 200 attempts, Harvey Northcott considered him the best bucking bull he ever owned. With Harv having been awarded 10 Bull of the Year buckles, that was quite the title. Deservedly so, Confusion is buried on the ranch at Caroline, alongside the greats of the Northcott string of stock.





Dan Lowry

Dan Lowry

Dan Lowry - Contestant

Dan Lowry was introduced to rodeo by his brother, Bill, while the family was living at Holden, AB. Soon brothers Bill, Jim and Mart were riding also and practicing on the milk cows. When the family moved to Grande Forks, BC, Dan's brother Ben had started to ride too. Living in that location, most of their riding and practicing was happening in Washington State and at amateur rodeos in Southern BC.
With no money to attend a rodeo school, Dan bought a book called “Bobby Berger's Basic Bull Riding.”
In the spring of 1975, having filled his permit by winning the bull riding at Wainwright, Dan entered all the CPRA rodeos. Ellensburg, WA was his first PRCA rodeo. However, after riding his bull, he dislocated his hip and hitchhiked home. A broken ankle at Radville, SK was the worst injury of his 17 year career.
The nickname of Sloughwater Dan was the result of a poem made up by Jim Dunn while they were traveling through Yellowstone Park. It stuck with him through his riding days and beyond.
In 1980 Dan won the riding event at the 1st Wrangler Bull Fighting Championship in Oklahoma City.
1983 was a successful year, as he placed 6th in the World standings. In 1992 he finished 6th in the World again and was the season leader of the CPRA. That year he also led much of the season of the Bullriders' Only matches.





Dave MacDonald

Dave MacDonald

Dave MacDonald - Contestant

Affectionately known as “Hambone”, Dave MacDonald was born in Calgary in 1961. He first entered the Wild Horse Racing in Calgary and won the event. He married Sandy and raised two children, Laura and Robbie. Competing in Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling and Bareback, he had to subsidize his winnings by clowning and fighting bulls.
He was the first recipient of the Belvedere “Old Blue” award in 1975 as it was awarded to the cowboy who won the most money in the All Around.
Dave MacDonald wont he Canadian Championship in Steer Wrestling in 1978. He was, and still is, the only contestant to qualify for the CFR in 3 events, which he did in 1975.
Dave mentored his traveling partners and fellow contestants to always have the attitude of a winner, even if the paycheque didn't reflect it.
Dave MacDonald passed away in 2011.





367 Painted Smile

367 Painted Smile

Painted Smile - Animal

367 PAINTED SMILE
OWNED BY KESLER RODEO

Born on the Kelser ranch in 1993, Painted Smile won 3 World Championship buckles, 3 CPRA horse of the year halters, 2 Calgary Stampede top saddle bronc bronzes, 3 CFR truck awards and one Horse of the NFR title.
Dan Mortenson said, “That is one horse I have the greatest respect for.”
She bucked primarily in the saddle bronc riding, but also switched to the bareback.
She was selected to very CFR and NFR from 1999 to 2006.
On the same ranch where she was born, this famous mare passed away in the spring of 2016.





Vic Stuckley Sr

Vic Stuckley Sr

Vic Stuckley, Sr. - Builder

Born in Hope, BC in 1914, Vic Stuckey, Sr moved with his family to Rosemary, AB and then to Calgary. At the age of 17 he started to ride Saddle Broncs and entered the Calgary Stampede in the bronc riding, Wild Horse Racing and even outrode for the Chuckwagons from 1933 to 1940. He competed in Alberta, British Columbia and the United States for 7 or 8 years.
He once won 2nd place in Calgary and was the 1938 Ponoka Stampede Champion Saddle Bronc Rider. He also had wins south of the border, as well as Morley and Benalto.
Vic Stuckey, Sr was a founding member and president of the Canadian Stampede Managers' Association. In 1948, Vic was president of the Stettler Board of Trade's rodeo.
An organizer and a visionary, Vic helped organize a rodeo produced in Calgary for Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
He was president of the Central Alberta Stampede Association and Honorary 2nd Vice President of the original Cowboys Protective Association which evolved into today's CPRA.
Vic Stuckey, Sr passed away in 1953 at the age of 38 years, having left a mark as a competitor and as a builder of the sport of rodeo.



 

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