It was decided the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association needed a permanent home for the artifacts and Hall of Fame. Thus began several fundraiser's. Two raffles were held as fundraiser; one for a motor home and one for a van, which brought in about 30,000.00. Other raffles such as a Cash Calendar were held. Then in 1990 they held a huge cattle drive which made about $400,000.00 plus. These events were made possible by the numerous volunteers and supporters of our organization.
Twenty eight people became founding members when they donated $1,000.00 each to the association. Later nineteen people joined the organization as Life Members and one as a Charter Member.
On November 15th, 1981 the first contestant, Pete Knight, and the first animal, Midnight, were inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. To date there are 149 inductees in the Hall of Fame.
They began showing artifacts and inductee’s pictures and bios with mobile showcases and later had a mobile trailer to display the artifacts and honor the inductees.
Canadian Rodeo Historical Association and the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation became partners to found the Western Heritage Center. Sadly the Western Heritage Center did not survive but both associations are still active individually.
The Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame Foundation was registered on September 1st, 1998 in order to preserve the name Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame.
May 3, 2000, the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association obtained the name Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame as a registered trademark.
On April 15, 2011 the CRHA Board of Directors entered into a long term lease agreement with the Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society, to lease over 4000 square feet in the upstairs of their arena. WE NOW HAVE A HOME in which to showcase our INDUCTEES and LEGENDS of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame