Bob Hartell - Contestant
Bob Hartell started his rodeo career at the age of 12, competing in a Little Britches Rodeo. After a successful amateur career,
Bob's peers convinced him to turn professional in 1973. In his first year as a pro cowboy, he was third in the All Around race, regularly competing in Bareback, Bull Riding, and Steer Wrestling and occasionally in the Tie Down Roping.
Bob instructed Bull Riding Schools with fellow inductees John Dodds and Jim Freeman. He won the All Around title in Canada in 1975.
Bob and Yvonne were married and raised Lisa, Lindy and Wace. They reside at Strathmore, AB.
Confusion - Animal
BULL, OWNED BY HARVEY NORTHCOTT RODEO
Bought as a yearling, in a package of 3 in 1977, this tan colored cross bred Brahma grew up to become a terror to the bull riders in Canada and the US. He was one of the rankest that the Northcott family would ever own. A product of a Central Alberta AI course, this lot was taken to the Bucking Horse Sale at the Daines Rodeo Ranch.
With no set pattern, he just plain bucked. He was named Confusion because the bull riders who tried him, found things to happen very quickly and get really confusing.
Confusion was selected for the CFR in 1979 when he was just 3 years old, and went back for the next 8 years. The late John Dodds was the first to ride him for the full 8 seconds, winning a round of the 1982 CFR with 86 points. In 1983, Cody Snyder rode Confusion for 95 points, creating a record score that still stands today.
Seven times, Confusion was selected to buck at the NFR, making trips to the world finals in 1980 through 1986.
Dan Lowry is one of only 6 cowboys to have ridden the phenomenal bull. That time he won a round of the CFR on him. But another time in Falkland, he bucked so hard that he tore both back pockets off of Lowry's Wranglers.
Being ridden only 6 times in well over 200 attempts, Harvey Northcott considered him the best bucking bull he ever owned. With Harv having been awarded 10 Bull of the Year buckles, that was quite the title. Deservedly so, Confusion is buried on the ranch at Caroline, alongside the greats of the Northcott string of stock.
Dan “Sloughwater” Lowry - Contestant
Dan Lowry was introduced to rodeo by his brother, Bill, while the family was living at Holden, AB. Soon brothers Bill, Jim and Mart were riding also, and practicing on the milk cows. When the family moved to Grande Forks, BC, Dan's brother Ben had started to ride too. Living in that location, most of their riding and practicing was happening in Washington State and at amateur rodeos in Southern BC.
With no money to attend a rodeo school, Dan bought a book called “Bobby Berger's Basic Bull Riding.”
In the spring of 1975, having filled his permit by winning the bull riding at Wainwright, Dan entered all the CPRA rodeos. Ellensburg, WA was his first PRCA rodeo. However, after riding his bull, he dislocated his hip and hitchhiked home. A broken ankle at Radville, SK was the worst injury of his 17 year career.
The nickname of Sloughwater Dan was the result of a poem made up by Jim Dunn while they were traveling through Yellowstone Park. It stuck with him through his riding days and beyond.
In 1980 Dan won the riding event at the 1st Wrangler Bull Fighting Championship in Oklahoma City.
1983 was a successful year, as he placed 6th in the World standings. In 1992 he finished 6th in the World again and was the season leader of the CPRA. That year he also led much of the season of the Bullriders' Only matches.
Dave MacDonald - Contestant
Affectionately known as “Hambone”, Dave MacDonald was born in Calgary in 1961. He first entered the Wild Horse Racing in Calgary and won the event.
He married Sandy and raised two children, Laura and Robbie. Competing in Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling and Bareback, he had to subsidize his winnings by clowning and fighting bulls.
He was the first recipient of the Belvedere “Old Blue” award in 1975 as it was awarded to the cowboy who won the most money in the All Around.
Dave MacDonald won the Canadian Championship in Steer Wrestling in 1978. He was one of the first contestants to qualify for the CFR in 3 events, which he did in 1975.
Dave mentored his traveling partners and fellow contestants to always have the attitude of a winner, even if the paycheque didn't reflect it.
Dave MacDonald passed away in 2011.
Painted Smile - Animal
367 PAINTED SMILE
OWNED BY KESLER RODEO
Born on the Kelser ranch in 1993, Painted Smile won 3 World Championship buckles, 3 CPRA horse of the year halters, 2 Calgary Stampede top saddle bronc bronzes, 3 CFR truck awards and one Horse of the NFR title.
Dan Mortenson said, “That is one horse I have the greatest respect for.” She bucked primarily in the saddle bronc riding, but also switched to the bareback. Painted Smile was selected to very CFR and NFR from 1999 to 2006.
On the same ranch where she was born, this famous mare passed away in the spring of 2016.
Vic Stuckley, Sr. - Builder
Vic Stuckey, Sr.
Born in Hope, BC in 1914, Vic Stuckey, Sr moved with his family to Rosemary, AB and then to Calgary. At the age of 17 he started to ride Saddle Broncs and entered the Calgary Stampede in the bronc riding, Wild Horse Racing and even outrode for the Chuckwagons from 1933 to 1940. He competed in Alberta, British Columbia and the United States for 7 or 8 years.
He once won 2nd place in Calgary and was the 1938 Ponoka Stampede Champion Saddle Bronc Rider. He also had wins south of the border, as well as Morley and Benalto.
Vic Stuckey, Sr was a founding member and president of the Canadian Stampede Managers' Association. In 1948, Vic was president of the Stettler Board of Trade's rodeo. An organizer and a visionary, Vic helped organize a rodeo produced in Calgary for Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
He was president of the Central Alberta Stampede Association and Honorary 2nd Vice President of the original Cowboys Protective Association which evolved into today's CPRA.
Vic Stuckey, Sr passed away in 1953 at the age of 38 years, having left a mark as a competitor and as a builder of the sport of rodeo.
Gerald "Hoover" Hays - Legend, Inducted 2016
Gerald "Hoover" Hays
Gerald Hays was born in West Palm Beach, FL on Feb. 12, 1956. The family moved to California, Montana and Golden, BC and eventually settled in Rocky Mountain House, AB. After a short lived career as a bareback rider, Gerald traveled to California with his Uncle Bob to become a steer wrestler. Winning rodeos in CA, joining the FCA and winning that title in 1980, he took out his CPRA card and never looked back. CFR qualifications, appearances at the Calgary Stampede, titles at Sundre, Red Deer, Meadow Lake, High River and Cloverdale were some of the highlights of his pro career. He held the fast time at the Cheyenne Frontier Days for many years. Gerald married Cathy in 1983 and sons JD and Rowdy were born in 1985 and 1987. Gerald put on rodeo schools, and helped at them, making sure all the guys had the knowledge to steer wrestle correctly. When the boys started to rodeo, he put his rodeoing on hold, took off with them and took a few extras under his wing. He mounted 90% of the high school doggers and hazed for 99% of them. In 2000, he was presented with the Guy Weadick Award at the Calgary Stampede. In 2005, the Hays family was named Family of the Year in the FCA. In 2013, he was named Cowboy of the Year in the CPRA. This personable cowboy was nicknamed Hoover for his ability to consume a large amount of food in a short time. It was a sad day when the world of rodeo lost this Legend of Rodeo in 2015.