"Bareback Riders Pot of Gold"

Tanner Young of Eckville, AB received a Lifetime Membership to the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, winning the Bareback Riding at Medicine Lodge this past weekend. Tanner made a 79 point bareback ride on Duffy’s (rodeo stock) #83 Pecos Bill.

Medicine Lodge Rodeo and The Wildrose Rodeo Association have the honor of making this award each year, thanks to ‘Bareback Jack Smith’. Tanner Young is shown below accepting the award from John T. Duffy, Stock Contractor for the event.

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Introducing the Award for Distinction

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is proud to announce the inception of a new award that will take place at the induction banquet this fall. 

This award is based on the details outlined in our Association, defined as Notables. The Notable category will recognize sustained individual or group contributions to the sport of professional rodeo who are not otherwise eligible through other categories.

We proudly announce our inaugural recipient:

Darrell Alan Paulovich

Darrell Paulovich lived his life to the fullest every chance he could. Even after a trucking accident 21 years ago left him in a wheelchair and unable to continue his dream of being a truck driver, his strength and determination gave him the ability to once again drive a vehicle. This allowed him to enjoy his other passion, which was attending every rodeo he could within a 2 ½ hour drive of Edmonton. It didn’t matter whether it was a High School or College rodeo, Jackpot, Amateur or Pro, he was there to cheer on the contestants with a genuine enthusiasm in every event, averaging about 70 rodeos and over 100 performances every year. Darrell’s extensive rodeo family named him Rodeo’s Biggest Fan and Rodeo Ambassador.

Darrell’s love for life, contagious smile and compassion for everyone he met allowed him to touch more people than most of us could ever hope for. To our Son, Brother, Cousin and dearest Friend, Darrell you will be sincerely missed. But we know you will be looking down on us, smiling your big smile and cheering us on from the best seat in the house.

IN DARRELL’s OWN WORDS (An excerpt from a personal letter Darrell wrote on the 20 year anniversary of his accident)…

 “Thank You to everyone that I have met along the rodeo trail, you all have welcomed me into the always growing rodeo family, I greatly appreciate it very much.” Thank You for taking the time to stop and visit and become my friends.”

“Like I always say. Enjoy Life while you’re on the right side of the grass.”

Darrell Alan Paulovich

September 19, 1972 - October 12, 2018


Results of the CRHA Online Auction

Our thanks to eveyone who took part in the online auction. Special thanks to: Klassic Looks, Montana Silver (Ted Stovin and Don Johannsen), Ponoka Stampede, and Wade Temple for your generosity in donating items to us for the auction.

Our winners are as follows:

Item Description Purchaser

1 Cattle Drive Book Corey Prutton

2 Batteries Jennifer Vold

3 Montana Silver items Franklin Rodeo Company

4 Ponoka Stampede Tickets Corey Prutton

5 Cloverdale Poster Trish Jones

6 Klassic Looks Shaving Case Corey Prutton

7 Spirits - Whiskey Corey Prutton

8 Solar Panels Jennifer Vold

9 Welcome Sign Corey Prutton

10 Calgary Stampede Hat Rack Shauna/Larry Adams

Announcing our 2019 Legends

We proudly announce our 2019 Legend inductees:

Dale “Stick” Butterwick, and Jim Lawrence.

Dale "Stick" as he's more commonly known had a long, respected career in Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling. He’s known to have pushed as many steers and calves as he’s run in his career. “Stick” was the Hi Point Permit holder in 1969, and continues to be involved with rodeos, volunteering at the timed event end. Over the years, “Stick” has judged rodeos and was known for his fairness. An excellent coach, Dale has helped many cowboys get their start in the sport.

Jim Lawrence - Jimmy, who qualified for the CFR 6 times, was Reserve Canadian BullRiding Champion 1989, CPRA Cowboy of the Year 1991 are just a few of this man’s accomplishments. His rodeo career has spanned 30+ years, 12 as a rider and more under the stock contractor name: Prime Time Rodeo. Jim and family who ranch just outside of Kennedy, SK have raised winning bucking stock such as Mucho Dinero now owned by Wayne Vold.

Gary "Doc" Harbin, Builder inducted 2019 passes away

We were extrenely sadden to learn Gary “Doc” Harbin passed away on March 8th, 2019 at his home in Ponoka, Alberta. Gary was inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame this year, and will be recognized as a Builder at our banquet on October 19th, 2019. Our deepest condolences to to his family and friends.

Funeral services will take place March 18th, 2019 at 1:00pm at the CalNash Ag Center in Ponoka. 


Congratulations to our 2019 Inductees

We are proud to announce our 2019 Inductees:

Contestants: Rod Hay, Leon Laye, Bob Phipps

Rod Hay: 19 CFR qualifications - 8x Canadian Saddle Bronc Champion, 4x Aggregate Champion, 6x season leader. 19 NFR qualifications - 2007 NFR Aggregate Champion, CPRA career SB earnings record holder sites just a few of Rod's accomplishments in the rodeo industry.

Leon Laye: 2000 Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion and season leader, 15 CFR qualificaions (14 in SW, 1 in TDR), and owned the SW horse of the year "Tuffy".

Bob Phipps: Qualified for the very first CFR in 1974, winning the Bull Riding title in 1979.Bob went on to judge rodeos and work at the CPRA as Rodeo Administrator, Judging Director and CRES manager, over a 10 year period.

Animal: Blue Ridge, Franklin Rodeo

Blue Ridge was chosen as Bareback Horse of the year 1995 and 1999, Bareback Horse of the CFR 1996. Blue Ridge was recognized at the NFR for Bareback Horse of the Finals.

Builder: Dr. Gary Harbin, DVM

A director on Ponoka Stampede committee since 1974, he also sat on the CPRA board 1985-1991, founder and president of Ponoka Stampede Youth Foundation 2016 - present. Gary is a respected mentor in the Alberta veterinary community across Canada and into the US.