Wade Joyal, Contestant
Inducted October, 2018
Wayde Joyal grew up in Quesnel, B.C. a community in the North Cariboo region, known for its logging and close proximity to Barkerville, home of the 1860’s Cariboo Gold Rush.
Quesnel Billy Barker Days is an annual exhibition and the biggest amateur rodeo, and it was on Wayde Joyals’ calendar every year. He competed initially in the steer riding, then moved to bull riding and bareback riding with occasional appearances in the team roping.
His first bull might of ended his brilliant career, but Wade learned early on to overcome obstacles. While getting ready on his first bull at the Quesnel rodeo, the bull in the chute behind him hooked the slide open, jumping onto Wayde’s bull. He got a horn under Wayde’s leg, chucking him over the gate into the arena, breaking his leg. That same leg was broke 5 more times throughout his career.
Wayde competed in the BC High School Rodeo Association winning the bareback riding and attending the NHSRA finals in 1985. He suffered a broken back in 1984, and rode in his first CFR in 1985, as a Novice Bareback Rider, and finished second. He went on to win many titles in the Interior Rodeo Asocciation, Northern Rodeo Association and the Yellowhead Rodeo Association. 1986 was a banner year winning six saddles in the Bull Riding, Bareback Riding and the All Around.
In 1987 Wayde bought his CPRA card, winning second at his first rodeo in Regina. Wade qualified for 6 CFR’S: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 & 1999. Winning the Bull Riding in 1993 and 1994, and was runner up 3 times. In 1997 Wade would qualify for the CFR but injury kept him from competing, allowing the 11th man, Robert Bowers to move up - he won the finals that year.
In 1997, Wayde was the season leader in the PRCA going into the NFR, only $12,000.00 separated the top 15 that year. He didn’t have a good finals competing on a recently broken leg from the PBR finals, he blow his shoulder out in round 6, ending his NFR bid, he finished 10th overall. After healing up Wayde went on to qualify for one final CFR in 1999 and finished tied for second. To this day Wayde is the only Canadian Bull Rider to have been a season leader in the PRCA.
Wayde was the second of four Canadian Bull Riders to make the CFR, NFR & PBR finals in the same year. Daryl Mills in 1994, Wayde in 1997, Robert Bowers in 1999 and Jordan Hansen 2017. The nagging back injury, broken legs, bad shoulder, broken jaw and many other injuries suffered rodeoing along with the endless miles as a professional cowboy led to Waydes decision to retire after riding his last bull at the 1999 CFR.
Wade now works as a pipeliner, still lives in the Quesnel area and enjoys attending rodeos when he can.
Doug “Shakey” Russell, Builder
Inducted, October 2018
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Doug Russell the youngest of 5 children, was born and raised in Caroline. A town kid with no ranching or rodeo experience, he played hockey. At a 1977 minor hockey slave auction, Harvey Northcott bought the 18 year old. Making good on the deal, Doug spent the day helping Harv load square bales. Harv toured him around the ranch and while looking at the bucking bulls, Doug commented, “ Anybody can fight these things.” Harv replied, “Let’s find out.”
Brian Boice was Doug’s teacher the first day of the Caroline FCA Rodeo. Doug admits he wasn’t very good. He remedied that by going to rodeos, watching and studying the likes of: Skipper Voss, Wick Peth and Kelly Lacoste. He studied the bulls and the art of fighting them. Hockey had taught him the importance of knowing your opposition. Needing a place to live and wanting to work on the ranch, he found himself knocking at Northcott’s door. Eileen said he could stay if he’d coach Ty’s hockey team. Wanting to work more rodeos, Doug chatted with Harv, who encouraged him to go, pursue his goals. Doug would go on to work for every professional stock contractor in the business at the time.
Doug picked up the nickname “Shakey”, courtesy of Bob Robertson. These days bullfighters worked primarily solo, and were often the comedy of rodeo as well. He did get to fight alongside other bullfighters at Regina, Medicine Hat and the CFR, where his co-workers included; Rob Smets, Kelly Lacoste and Wayne Ethier.
He was elated in 1980 when Jim Freeman called to tell him he was the first Canadian selected to work the CFR. Doug fondly recalls the 1981 Rodeo East tour, where his first standing ovation came in Moncton when Rob Smets ran down the back of a bull and then he rode it backwards.
Shakey enjoyed seeing all the bull riders at rodeos, making many lasting friendships over the years. He fondly recalls a flamboyant Bob Tallman sharing the dressing room at the CFR. Jon Taylor and Shakey took the announcer’s ruffled shirt and fancy duds, dressed up Tom Bews and sent him out into the arena. Another time Jon Taylor and he were driving from Saskatoon back to Calgary through a spring storm. They hit a big bump, driving in and out of the ditch then carried on their way. Upon arriving, their barrel wasn’t in the back of the truck, so they backtracked, finding the barrel in the ditch near Alsask.
Driven to make the CFR, Shakey worked anywhere between 130 and 160 performances a year (long before PBR’s and stand-alone events). He couldn’t chance not making the finals by taking time off to heal up. If he had to do it over again, he says he would now. Shakey’s business sense had him choosing to work several rodeos, rather than going to the shows that carried more prestige.
In the ‘80’s, no one was telling these guys how to tape their ankles. He’d had surgery on one knee a month after the 1980 finals and on the other one in 1983. In 1988, at Medicine Hat Shakey’s legs hurt so badly that he could no longer get into position. He didn’t want to quit, he truly enjoyed the people of rodeo…but he took off his cleats and walked away.
His biggest disappointment is that he never got to work the CFR healthy. After hanging up his cleats, he offered bullfighting schools in Ft. St. John and Caroline, and worked in conjunction with the Johansen Brothers Schools. His teaching turned back to hockey and he has been the instructor at a hockey school in Inuvik for 19+ years.
Doug married his high school sweetheart, Terri. In 1987 twin boys Kris and Ryan were born. Kris plays for the Edmonton Oilers and Ryan is a scout for San Jose’. These days the Russell’s run some cows, follow the careers of their sons and enjoy time with their granddaughter, Bray. They have scrapbooks and albums full of rodeo memories and now they can add a section on this worthy induction into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Fred Duke, Contestant
Inducted October, 2018
Ranching and cowboying have been a part of the Duke family heritage for generations. Fred’s grandfather and name sake Fred, drove Hereford cattle from Iowa to Alberta, settling in the small town of Halkirk where with livestock, grain and vegetables, he raised his family. To be successful then you had to be or have cowboys. Developing Cowboy skills and talents ensured a productive day. Rodeoing allowed you to showcase your particular skill and talent. This allure plus a love for horses and cattle ignited young Fred’s love of rodeo.
Early on Fred developed a love for horses and began to train horses for family and friends. He learned to develop a horse’s mind and athletic ability, knowing what it took to make competitive horses, he began his journey as a renouned horse trainer. Fred began rodeoing amateur at 15: riding cows, bareback horses and saddle broncs with the likes of Dick Doan, Phil Doan and Doug Matier. A career short lived when Fred realized cutting and roping were more fun and less painful. “I never particularly enjoyed hitting the dirt”.
Leaving home at 17, Fred surrounded himself with knowledgeable horseman and trainers. For a short time he was breaking and raining horses for Banister Pipelines. At 18, Leecoll Stables (the only indoor arena in Edmonton at the time) hired Fred. Fred along with Bill Collins (now a Rodeo Hall of Famer and Cutting Horse Hall of Famer himself) trained 34 horses at any given time. Tip Armstrong would brush, saddle, cool down and wash horses, passing Fred and Bill a new horse as soon as they got off one. They rode from sun-up to sun-down. Fred worked at Leecoll Stables for seven years, developing barn management skills, training and managing jumping, cutting and rope horses, riding English and western, and competing with some of these horses in both calf roping and cutting events at the rodeos.
Wanting to specialize in calf roping, Fred focused on improving his roping skills. He left Leecoll Stables, and called Dean Oliver, now and American Rodeo Hall of Famer, 8 time world Champion Calf Roper, and 3 time World Champion All Around Cowboy, and asked to rope with him. Fred headed to Boise, Idaho and the two rodeoed the western coast together. Memories highlighting those adventures include: Pendleton Round-up and San Francisco’s Grand National Cow Palace Rodeo, where the small town Castor Cowboy finished 2nd place, roping against all of the top cowboys in the world at the time.
Finishing his successful journey on the American Rodeo circuit, Fred headed back to Canada and began working at Douglas Lake Cattle Company for Chunky Woodward, roping calves and cutting cattle. He invested in his first rope horses: Cindy Echos ( a 2 yr old quarter horse mare) and Little Joe, his size year old back up practice quarter horse gelding. Fred started and trained Cindy Echos, who won buckles for Fred and Dean Oliver. Fred’s most memorable rodeo on the circuit then was Calgary Stampede, while Ponoka Stampede was his favorite.
Fred’s dedication to rodeo earned him the 1966 Canadian Roping Championship, and the Canadian Rope Horse of the Year 1966. He is a 4 time Canadian Cutting Champion, belongs to the Canadian Cutting Horse Hall of Fame, is a past resident of the Canadian Cutting Horse Association, and Canadian Junior Jumping Champion. Fred won the Canadian Open Cutting Championship twice on the horse: Diane Kelabar. Under Fred’s coaching, amateur rider Shannon Flemming matched this record on the horse, earning her an induction into the Canadian Cutting Horse Hall of Fame as well. Fred won the Canadian Open Cutting Champions with War Mico, and trained Doc Twister to become the Cutting Horse High Point Reserve Champion of Canada. Fred rode cutting horses to top ten finishes an astounding fourteen times including 4 Canadian Champions and 2 Reserve Championships.
Winning these championships gave Fred the inspiration to realize his dreams. He launched the Duke Ranches brand in 1973, just south of Edmonton. Here Fred trained western horse and riders, and incorporated English disciplines, including jumping. He traveled Europe to learn how stallions are chosen for the sport, and meet with the best trainers, aiding to his success in the jumping world. Many of Fred’s horses have shown at Spruce Meadows in all five rings, one: Ebony Buzz was a 3 time Canadian Junior Champion!
Duke Ranches still operates under Fred’s ownership and management today. Fred states: “I’ve been fortunate to do so many great things in my career as a cowboy with little money”, adding with a laugh, “growing up a poor cowboy making a basic living breaking horses, riding and teaching people- I could have gone farther if I’d had the funds for $75000 horses rather than making do with $7500 shitters.”
Now to add to the resume:
an induction into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame - one hell of a cowboys dream come true!
Rodeo News, Animal
Inducted, October 2018
He was a bay stallion owned by Reg and Liz Kessler. He was a big horse that weighed about 1400 pounds and was VERY hard to ride, much less make a classy bronc ride on. When the chute gate opened the horse would take a run at you about a third or half way down the arena and then break with an almost stop and then a big jump in the air then buck with lots of direction changes. Needless to say, not very many guys weathered the storm.
Rodeo News was selected for the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City a total of 8 times from 1966 to 1974, and what an incredible record he amassed. In those 8 years at the finals Rodeo News bucked off 8 riders and was placed on 4 times.
In 1968 he was the 2nd best horse at the NFR, then 3rd at the NFR in 1969. In 1970 he was the PRCA Saddle Bronc of the year. He continued on to a 2nd in 1972 and in 1973 was 3rd in the voting.
It didn’t matter if you were a Canadian or even World Champion, Rodeo News was not a respecter of big buckles, he bucked them all off. The horse was very hard to ride and everybody who got on him dreaded him. He bucked off Mel Hyland at the 1968 NFR in the 9th go-round, costing Mel the NFR Saddle Bronc average.
On July 28, 2018, the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede helped the CHRA board pay respect to such a great animal. After being driven into the arena by a horse and carriage, Liz stood proudly with some of her family, grinning and agreeing with the tendencies and achievements of this awesome horse as Jerry Sinclair talked about Rodeo News to the crowd. Having come all the way from Texas, not even the bright Alberta sun could outshine Liz’s smile that day as she accepted the plaque with honor and pride.
The Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is honored to induct this great horse into the Hall of Fame, Rodeo News the 1970 World Champion Saddle Bronc.
Blake Butterfield, Legend
Inducted, October 2018
Being a bulldogger when you’re a Butterfield is kind of like being a hockey player if you’re a Sutter. Blake Butterfield grew up on the family ranch northwest of Ponoka. When the day’s work was done, he spent hours in the practice pen with brother Greg and cousin Craig. In 1973 he was a student of Tom Bews Steer Wrestling School. He bypassed the amateur ranks and went straight to the CPRA. In his rookie year of 1974, Blake travelled with Lee Philips. He didn’t have to pay Lee for fuel because Blake was saddling, warming up and caring for Phillip’s horses. Good trade. And even better was the wealth of knowledge that Lee taught him…Knowledge on horses and on rodeoing wisely.
In 1975 Blake, Greg, and Craig pooled their money and paid Tom Bews $3000 for their first steer wrestling horse, Spud. This was despite the senior Butterfields…Tom, Bud and Brian, telling them that no horse was worth that much!! That same year, Blake went on to win the Central Alberta circuit and qualified for the CFR. This would be the first of 8 trips to the nation’s showdown. Well, Spud went on to really prove his worth in 1978 as 4 of the top 10 contestants rode him at that finals. Spud died of natural causes and is now buried at the end of the practice pen.
Blake feels fortunate to have had such great mounts as Weed, Chub, Twist, Deuce and Chico over the span of his career. He’s also appreciative that he had the chance to ride the likes of Spud, Texas, Mickey, Wolf and Legs. Besides Lee, Greg and Craig, there were several other great cowboys he got to travel with. These include Blaine Davies, Carl Gerwien, brother –in-law Greg Cassidy and of course the team BC group…Harley Hook, John Gillis, Ken Waterson and Steve Threkeld.
Blake was highly sought after as a hazer, and was at brother Greg’s side as he won all 3 of his Canadian titles. Later years would find him hazing for son Reid. Some of his favorite hazing horses include Key Chain, King, Rim Fire and Rowdy.
Some of his biggest wins were at Cloverdale, Wainwright, Sundre, High River, his hometown Ponoka Stampede and the Labbatt’s Series Championship.
John Gillis recalls one CFR when Blake had had no luck the first couple of rounds. In the 3rd perf, Bob Tallman began to introduce him and said, “I had a chat with him in the elevator and that’s all I’m saying.” John also remembers a group going to Australia and a BEET RED, sunburnt Blake being on the flight home.
Always looking to give back to the sport, he has served one term on the CPRA board, was a Hall of Fame board member, and has just completed his 25th year on the board of the Ponoka Stampede where he also served one year as president. He’s now passing the Ponoka committee reins over to son Cole.
Blake married Rose Cassidy and the couple has raised daughter Kelsey and sons Cole and Reid in that same area northwest of Ponoka. There is now a passel of little kids who fondly know Blake as “Grandpa.” Life and rodeo have been good to this cowboy and we are proud to welcome Blake Butterfield as a recipient of the Legendary Achievement Award.
Lyle Smith, Legend
Inducted, October, 2018
Lyle was one of 8 children in a farming family in the Donalda, Alberta area. He started school in a one room school house four miles from home. He finished 9th grade, and at 14 years old had to quit, as there wasn’t a school bus to take the kids to Donalda High School. After losing his dad at 7 years old and finishing as much school as possible, Lyle decided to make it as a rodeo cowboy. This would better his future, getting him away from the farm, working for others and meeting people. Despite the many hard knocks, Lyle would go on to take high school English in San Diego and obtain an Associate’s Degree at the University of Nevada in Reno.
At the 1947 bull sale in Calgary he met Herman Linder and went to work for him at his ranch in Cardston, Alberta. He had a bed in the attic and would spend his spare time reading old rodeo magazines like “Western Horseman” and “Hoofs and Horns” and learn about the current saddle bronc champions like Carl Olson and Jerry Ambler. After tiring of driving tractors and feeding cattle he quit and went home. Soon after, Lyle ran into Lawrence Bruce and expressed an interest in trying out some bucking horses. Lawrence invited him over to help try out horses for Harry Vold.
In 1948 Lawrence was supplying bucking horses for a rodeo at Holden, Alberta. After driving the horses there Lyle got in the amateur bronc riding and won 4th for a cash prize of $10. In 1949 Lyle achieved his first big win for a $275 cheque at St. Paul where he used part of the money to buy a Hamley Association Bronc riding saddle.
In 1950 He began to hit the cowboy trail with Al Nielson, entering some spring stampedes and in 1951 he landed a job working for Lawrence Bruce, east of Forestburg. It was there that Lyle got to try out horses and practice every day with Lawrence’s sons Winston and Duane. He got to riding better and won the Central Alberta Circuit and Several Stampedes such as Czar, Stettler, and Hardisty. That year he also won Penticton, BC; Cloverdale, BC; Omak, Washington; Lewiston, Idaho and Pendleton, Oregon.
1952 wasn’t the same success and after a few wins at Panoka and Stony Plain he went home and got a job working on an oil drilling rig.
He started the next year with a new GMC pickup and a homemade camper in Hanna, Alberta and ended the year at Omaha, Nebraska, then returned to the Alberta Oil patch. In the spring of 1954 Lyle sold his pickup and headed to Calgary where he met Ellie Lewis and went to Denver and won 4th for $90. After hitting Amarillo, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Chandler and Phoenix he had won very little and was completely broke. Deb Copenhaven took him to his place in Post Falls, Idaho and gave him a Job. Deb entered him at Red Bluff and he won 4th day money, then he went with Buck Rutherford to Vernon, Texas where he won first and then just kept on winning, ending the year at Madison Square Garden, New York, Boston, and San Francisco.
1955 saw a handful of go round wins and in 1956 he won Phoenix, AZ on Rough Going and Pretty Boy of Beutler Bros. In Oakdale, CA his season was cut short when he was sidelined with a broken back.
Lyle returned to competition in 1957 where he earned $7100 and bought himself a new 1957 Chevy for $1900. Driving it from Odessa, TX all the way through to San Francisco, pocketing an impressive $10,264 in 1958.
On April 5, 1959 wedding bells rang when Lyle married his long time love Joan who he had met at the Boston Garden Rodeo. It was Broncs like Fools gold and Drifter that carried him to the National Finals Rodeo where he won 4th.
1960 was another monumental year. His son Chris was born July 1 and he finished his season winning 2nd at the NFR with a total earnings of $11,285.
Lyle and his family lived in Denver from May 1961 to October 1962 when he went to work for Bob Robinson at a housing development in San Diego. They would work all week and go to rodeos on the weekends. The year started in Odessa, TX and ended at the NFR where he won 4th for a total winnings of $10,577.
He stayed on the cowboy trail for the next few years and in 1964 Lyle moved his family to Reno, Nevada and got a job painting with an acquaintance who owned a painting business.
His final rodeo was at Fallon, NV in 1967 where he won 1st.
In 1971 Lyle took the test and got his contractor license and in 2013 his son Chris became a partner. He still calls Reno home, and stays in touch with everyone he can. A friend once said, “If Lyle were offered a million dollars or a million friends, he would take a million friends as then he could go to each one and borrow a dollar and he would have the million dollars!”
For a time, he was one of the best Saddle Bronc Riders in the world and it is with great pleasure that we welcome Lyle Smith as a legend to the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.