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 - 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.
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.
John passed away on April 8, 1987 at the age of 70 years.
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.
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’s headquarters were on a 40,000 acre ranch in Colorado, where he produced 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.
The rodeo community was sadden to hear of Harry’s passing on March 13, 2017. He was an amazing man, and is considered to be one of the most noted rodeo stock contractors and producers the sport has ever had.