Cody Snyder – Contestant, Inducted 2005
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 held the record at the time, for the most CFR qualifications in the bull riding event at nine.
Cody currently 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.
Today 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 – 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, who travels to many rodeos’s throughout the year. He was active in the Dodge Truck rodeo program.
Frank 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 – 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 – Contestant
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, and now has two sons both active competitors in the sport of rodeo.
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 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 she was not training horses, Isy, as her rodeo friends knew 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 - 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.
Gordon Crowchild - Legend Inducted 2005
Gordon’s rodeo career started in 1944, at age 15, when he entered the boy’s steer riding. Two years later he was outriding for his father’s chuckwagon outfit, “David Crowchild and Sons”. By 1950 he had his own rig and drove for the next three years. It was during this time that he began to ride in the wild horse race. Gordon took out a pro rodeo membership in 1956 and started entering the Steer Decorating, and the Steer Wrestling along with the Wild Horse Race. In 1971 he won the “Indian High Point Award” at the
Calgary Stampede and was honoured by the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede as a Pioneer of Rodeo in 1995. Gordon last competed in Steer Wrestling in 1997 at the Cloverdale Rodeo and his last Wild Horse Race in Calgary was 2003. Although, now retired, his passion has never waived. Always a guide, supporter and mentor to many new, young rodeo hands who share his love for the sport. Born on the T’suu T’ina Reserve in 1929, Gordon and his wife, Maria, and family still resided there, until Gordon’s passing.
Ivan Daines - Legend, Inducted 2005
Like many other riding event cowboys, Ivan’s rodeo career started by competing in the Boy’s Steer Riding at local rodeos topping it off with three consecutive wins at the Calgary Stampede – 1959 to 1961. He then moved on to Novice Saddle Bronc Riding winning the Canadian Championship in 1965 and 66 and as the World Intercollegiate Bronc Riding in 1966. From 1968 to 1980 Ivan’s name appeared in the World Standings five times in the top fifteen Bronc Riders and in 1976 won the average at the National Finals Rodeo. His first trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo was in the bareback riding with several to follow in the Saddle bronc event. A past winner of the C.N. Woodward Cowboy of the Year Award in 1979, he also won the Guy Weadick Memorial Award at the Calgary Stampede. He was the Canadian Team Penning Champion in 2000 and is an accomplished country music singer. Ivan and his wife, Kay, live in Innisfail , AB. They have three children, Dusty, Brandi and Denver
Doug Vold - Legend, Inducted 2005
At age 16 Doug Vold quit school and joined up with a rodeo company on a tour through Italy, France and Switzerland and other European countries. Included in their audiences were Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Doug took out a pro rodeo membership in 1972 and rode saddle broncs for the next ten years. He qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo six times. He was in the lead for the world championship in 1981 when a serious knee injury took him out of competition for the remainder of the year and a probable trip to the NFR. For several years he held the record for the highest score in the Saddle Bronc riding – a 95 on Franklin’s “Transport” at Meadow Lake, Sask.in 1979. He was in the Guiness Book of Records for this achievement. After several injuries – a broken collar bone and a broken foot (twice) ultimately ended his riding career. Vold who was already an avid horse trader has become one of the industry’s top bucking horse breeders and dealers. Doug was raised in Dewinton AB where he still resides with his wife, Alison and their two children, Jeremy and Hanna.