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 west of Turner Valley, AB on 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.
For many years Cam is very active in the Canadian Old Timers Rodeo Association, competing in the team roping event.
Cam and Happy bought Frank Sharp's (another "Hall of Fame" inductee) ranch west of Millarville, AB where they retired. Cam passed away in 2016.
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 rodeo 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 - 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, and placed 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.