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Winston Bruce - photo by Deanna KristensenJuly 11, 2017 - The rodeo world lost an icon in the passing of legend and Hall of Fame cowboy Winston Bruce.

Stettler, Alberta-born cowboy, Winston Bruce, son of former stock contractor and saddle bronc rider, Laurence Bruce, rose to the top of the rodeo world as he won the World Saddle Bronc Riding Championship in 1961. This win came on the heels of his Canadian titles (1957 and '58) and, prior to that, a pair of novice championships in 1954 and ’55.

After a brilliant career in the arena that also included wins at Calgary and Cheyenne, Winston made the transition to the Calgary Stampede, serving for many years as the Rodeo Manager and Arena Director. It was during his tenure that the Stampede’s rodeo stock program gained prominence throughout the rodeo world.

Winston Bruce was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame at Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1989 (the first Canadian contestant to be inducted) and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1995.

The rodeo community offers condolences to Winston’s family and many friends.

Please come and celebrate the life of Winston Bruce, September 19 at the Calnash Trucking Ag Event Centre in Ponoka, Alberta. Memorial 5-6 pm and matched Bronc Riding 7-10 accompanied by two, one of a kind, contract acts. The evening will be closed by a fireworks display and beer garden. Admission by donation to Winston Bruce Academy of Rodeo.

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