Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees
PONOKA, Alberta – The board of directors for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is proud to announce the following inductees for 2017:
Denny Hay - Contestant
A three-time Canadian Champion Saddle Bronc Rider ('95, '96 and '98), Denny Hay of Mayerthorpe, AB qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) on 15 separate occasions accompanied by four appearances at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas., Hay launched his career with the novice title for Canada in 1988 and rolled that up to the Canadian rookie of the year for 1989. By 1998 he translated that to the CFR aggregate. In 1998 Hay also won the $50,000 at the Calgary Stampede. Depending who's asked all of that may not compare to the Olympic Gold Medal from the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT.
Glen Keeley - Contestant|
The 1989 Canadian Champion Bull Rider Glen Keeley passed away tragically in Albuquerque, NM in March of 2000 at the Ty Murray Invitational PBR. Keeley qualified for numerous CFR, NFR and Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals and was inside the top five in the PBR's World Standings when he passed. Keeley was one of Canada's top bull riding talents ever and taken far too soon. Since his passing, friends and family have put on the Glen Keeley Memorial PBR in Stavely, AB on Labor Day Weekend each September since 2004. The proceeds from the non-profit event are donated to the Glen Keeley Benevolent & Scholarship Fund. Glen's Memorial buckle and ring of honor awards rival those of any other trophies on the planet.
Billy Laye - Contestant
A three-time NFR qualifier, Billy Laye was also the 1991 Canadian Champion in the bareback riding. The 1991 $50,000 Calgary Stampede champion set the 1995 NFR arena record of 90 points on a Butler and Cervi horse called Brown Bomber. Born in Consort, AB, Laye can be found at numerous rodeos across the country helping the next generation of bareback riders.
Rayel Little - Contestant - A four-time Canadian Barrel Racing Champion, Rayel Little (Robinson) also qualified for the NFR on two separate occasions. For two decades she consistently qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR). A horse trainer by trade, Rayeltrained five horses to qualify for the CFR in a single year. For three consecutive years from 2005 to 2007 she won the Ponoka Stampede. Today, Rayel continues to train barrel horses and spends her winters in the real estate business in Arizona.
Bill Pimm - Builder
Born in Lethbridge, AB Bill Pimm broke his first saddle horse at age seven and at age 13 he entered the Sundre Stampede. In 1954 Pimm moved his family north where they settled at Grimshaw. Soon after his arrival he became involved in plans to bring Pro Rodeo to the North Peace area. In 1977, Bill took over the role of President of the North Peace Stampede, a position he would hold for 20 years. During his time Bill put his heart and soul into the betterment of rodeo always promoting the North Peace Stampede. Bill was the backbone to many large construction projects at the grounds and honored with the CPRA Committee person of the year in 1983.
B6 Little Six - Animal, Bull, Vold
The 1977 Bull of the Year in Canadian Pro Rodeo Little six was small but bucked every time.
"When they rode him they always won," Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame director Jim Pippolo said. "He wasn't very big, at about 1,400lbs, he was bucky."
A dark brown and black banana horned bull, Little Six was also ridden by Joe Dodds to a Calgary Stampede Championship.
BANQUET & INDUCTION CEREMONIES
The 2017 Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction Banquet takes place on Saturday, October 21st at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary. The third poker tournament and pre-banquet social is scheduled for Friday evening featuring this year’s inductees with the proceeds benefitting the Hall of Fame.
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