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Rodeo Family Loses Liz Kesler

Liz & Reg KeslerThe Canadian Professional Rodeo Association extends condolences to the family and friends of long-time CPRA timer and rodeo secretary, Liz Kesler, who passed away Sept 7.

Born in
1926 in Clay County, Texas (just south of Henrietta) Liz attended Bluegrove School for the first nine grades before moving on to Henrietta High School and eventually Draughan’s Business College in Wichita Falls. An interest in rodeo, exceptional administrative skills, along with an opportunity to fill in as a timer at the local Henrietta Rodeo, started Liz's long association with and love of her rodeo family. In addition to timing, Liz and a friend (June Bull) learned to secretary rodeos... and soon became known as 'outstanding' in this field.

Liz married Reg Kesler (a 3-time Canadian All-Around Champion and stock contractor) in 1971 and the couple spent over two decades producing rodeos and raising bucking stock. Liz was instrumental in training other rodeo secretaries, helping establish the Ladies Fashion Show at the NFR (which contributes to the Justin Crisis Fund) and in running the Cowboy Reunion - also held during the annual NFR. Sadly, Liz lost Reg in 2001. She remained very much a part of the rodeo industry throughout the rest of her life and has been recognized a number of times over the years for both her contributions to rodeo and community. Among Liz's many awards are the Tad Lucas Memorial Award - given to women who give above and beyond what is expected of them in rodeo and an American Cowboy Culture Award as Pioneer Woman at the Cowboy Symposium held in Lubbock, TX.

A true Texas lady and a friend to many in rodeo, Liz Kesler will be missed.

* Read more about Liz Kesler here

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