THE CPRA CELEBRATES CANADA’S 150TH BIRTHDAY WITH 150 OF CANADIAN RODEO’S GREATEST MOMENTS
Great Canadian Rodeo Moment #2
The year was 1979. The Meadow Lake Stampede was the setting for one of the greatest saddle bronc rides of all time. Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Legend, Doug Vold, rode the Verne Franklin Rodeo Canadian Hall of Fame bronc, Transport, to a CPRA and PRCA record 95 points (a score that was equalled by 2002 World Champion Glen O'Neill on another Franklin bronc - Skoal Air Wolf - at Innisfail Pro Rodeo in 1996). Vold, a six time CFR qualifier, made the spectacular ride on a horse that was at every Canadian Finals Rodeo from 1974 until his retirement in 1991. Transport also appeared at the National Finals Rodeo 15 times and lived to ripe old age of 32.
* Thank you to Cyndi Gomersall for suggesting this Great Canadian Rodeo Moment. Cyndi’s name will be entered into a draw for CPRA merchandise.
The year was 1974. Canadian Professional Rodeo had grown to the point that a high level national championship was needed. The CPRA (then the CRCA) set out to put together a governing body to bring the dream to fruition. That led to the formation of the Canadian National Finals Rodeo Commission including Bob Robinson, CRCA President; Len Perry, Chairman of the Edmonton Spring Rodeo Committee and Edmonton Northlands Director; C.N (Chunky Woodward, prominent retailer and rancher and Jerry D’Arcy, president of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.
The Canadian Finals Rodeo was staged that fall at the Edmonton Gardens with a total purse of $29,278 and attracted it almost 30,000 fans. The CFR moved to the Edmonton Coliseum the following year—and 43 years later, the coliseum remains its home.
*Send in your ideas for Great Canadian Rodeo Moments to be included in this feature that will run throughout the 2017 CPRA season. Contributors whose suggestions are used will be eligible for CPRA merchandise prize draws.