Cliff Williamson - Contestant
Inducted - 2012
Cliff Williamson set a record that may likely never be broken in professional rodeo! Cliff qualified and competed at the Canadian Finals Rodeo 29 years!
Over that period of time Cliff was named the Canadian Champion Tie Down Roper five times. His first was in 1989 and his fifth was in 2002. Cliff retired in 2008, accomplishing as much as any cowboy ever would in his event.
Today, Cliff and his wife Stacey enjoy golfing and warm weather in the Arizona sunshine!
Grated Coconut - Animal
Grated Coconut is a great stallion that the Calgary Stampede Ranch raised and promoted.
He was named the Canadian Champion Bareback Horse six times; the World Champion Bareback Horse six times; the CFR Champion Bareback Horse five times, and the 2008 Best Bareback Horse of the NFR.
Known as the greatest bucking horse of the century, Grated Coconut was retired in 2010 and stands at stud at the Calgary Stampede Ranch, siring many future champions.
Mark Roy - Contestant
Mark Roy always knew he wanted to be a rodeo cowboy. Growing up in Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan he moved to Alberta to hone his skills as a Steer Wrestler. In 1991, Mark was named the Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, setting a CFR event money earning record at the same time.
1992 was a great year for Mark, as he was presented the Guy Weadick award at the Calgary Stampede, won his second Canadian Steer Wrestling Championship then travelled to Las Vegas to the NFR where he took the World Championship in Steer Wrestling. Mark won the NFR Average again in 1996 and retired in 2008.
Mark and Audi reside outside of Calgary, where they enjoy following their son’s in rodeo and football.
Elaine Watt - Contestant
Elaine Watt was born & raised in a bilingual region of Manitoba and began her quest of becoming a Canadian Champion in the rodeo arena at age 14.
Elaine won her first Canadian Barrel Racing Championship in 1978, her second in 1979 and her third in 1982. A positive attitude and never showing defeat was the rule Elaine lived by throughout her rodeo career.
Elaine and her husband Neil live in Southern Alberta where they follow their kids rodeo careers.
Rod Warren - Contestant
Rod Warren captured his first Canadian All Around Championship in 1994, and qualified for NFR that same year. It would be the first of nine appearances in Vegas for Rod, who won the Aggregate Award four times at NFR, which is astounding, as ten days of grueling competition, takes its toll on cowboys.
Rod won the Canadian All Around Championship nine times (six times in consecutive years); the Hi Point Championship three times, and the Canadian Saddle Bronc Champion in 2001 and 2005.
Rod and wife Jennifer reside in Central Alberta and are busy following their two son’s rodeo dreams.
Roger Lacasse - Contestant
Roger Lacasse grew up in Mirabel, Quebec and moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1989 to become a rodeo Cowboy! He succeeded in fulfilling that goal by winning the Canadian Bareback Championship in 1998 and again in 2004.
Roger was also a winner of Calgary Stampede $50,000 short go winner.
Roger lives in Quebec today, and is still connected to rodeo as he continues to judge, and put on rodeo schools.
Harvey Northcott - Builder
Harvey Northcott competed in the rodeo arena in the Bull Riding, Bareback and Steer Wrestling events, and won the 1970 CCA Steer Wrestling Championship. However, Harvey made his name in rodeo as one the top Stock Contractors in the business.
He started raising bucking stock as a real business after his first rodeo in Carseland in 1967. There are many top horses and bulls that the Northcott Rodeo Company have seen reach the top of their game, with three of them already in the Hall of Fame. (Wyatt Earp, Stubby and Confusion).
Harvey lost his battle with cancer in 2010, but he made rodeo so much richer just by being a part of it. He left this world with the knowledge that his legacy will live on in the rodeo stock his family still raises and bucks today.
Bob Gottfriedson - Legend, Inducted 2012
Bob Gottfriedson was born into a rodeo family, competing mostly in the Saddle Bronc event. Bob won the North American Saddle Bronc Championship in Calgary in 1966 and received a Charlie Beal Bronze, the last one to be given out at the Calgary Stampede. Bob spent his whole life involved in rodeo, competing in the pro circuit and the Indian rodeos in Canada and the United States. When his competition days were over, Bob judged many of the top North American rodeos until his illness. “Tonto” as he was affectionately known by his peers will always be remembered as one of the best riders and one of the best judges in rodeo.
Tom Ivins - Legend, Inducted 2012
Tom Ivins took out his professional card in 1975, competing in the Steer Wrestling event. His talent in the arena paved the way for Tom and his fine doggin and hazing horses to make a number of appearances at CFR. Tom has dedicated his life to the sport of rodeo as a contestant and then as a committee man at the Lethbridge Rodeo. Tom and his wife Dianna reside in southern Alberta and still enjoy the rodeo spotlight.
Bart Brower - Legend, Inducted 2012
Bart Brower was a natural to shine in the rodeo arena, as he followed in his father Ken’s footsteps. At age 21, Bart broke the record for most money won in a single event in a single season. Bart was named the Canadian Amateur Bronc Riding Champion in 1971 and the CPRA Rookie of the year in 1972. Bart competed in most events but the Steer Wrestling and the Saddle Bronc were his favorites and he made several trips to the CFR in those events. Bart resides west of Calgary and is still seen at most rodeos as a spectator.