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Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame (CPRHF)

The Canadian Rodeo Historical Association(CRHA) other wise known as the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame(CPRHF). Features photos, biographies and memorabilia of Canada's most outstanding, professional cowboys, cowgirls and rodeo animals. We honor the hardcore, respected rodeo of Canada!

Founded in 1979

During a gathering of the Rodeo Alumni at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in 1979 a proposal was made to organize a Canada Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Further meetings were held resulting in the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association being formed. It became a registered association on June 19th, 1980. In 1981 the Association was granted tax free status as a charitable organization by the Government of Canada.

Twenty eight people became founding members when they donated $1,000.00 each to the association. Later nineteen people joined the organization as Life Members and one as a Charter Member.

On November 15th, 1981 the first contestant, Pete Knight, and the first animal, Midnight, were inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. To date there are 143 inductees in the Hall of Fame.

They began showing artifacts and inductee’s pictures and bios with mobile showcases and later had a mobile trailer to display the artifacts and honor the inductees.

It was decided the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association needed a permanent home for the artifacts and Hall of Fame. Thus began several fund raisers. Two raffles were held as fund raiser; one for a motor home and one for a van, which brought in about 30,000.00. Other raffles such as a Cash Calendar were held. Then in 1990 they held a huge cattle drive which made about $400,000.00 plus. These events were made possible by the numerous volunteers and supporters of our organization. Canadian Rodeo Historical Association and the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation became partners to found the Western Heritage Center. Sadly the Western Heritage Center did not survive but both associations are still active individually.

The Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame Foundation was registered on September 1st, 1998 in order to preserve the name Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame.

May 3, 2000, the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association obtained the name Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame as a registered trademark.

After being without a home for several years the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association is a non profitable organization are now looking into possible locations to house their artifacts and honor the inductees. To appear on our sponsors page, please submit any housing donations to the Canadian Historical Rodeo Association.

The Mission

An association founded by dedicated rodeo enthusiasts, “To honors and distinguish outstanding contestants, stock and builders in the Canadian Rodeo Arena. ”Our aim is to annually induct qualifying individuals to the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and display artifacts of the history of Canada rodeo.

Three categories are established: “Contestant, “Builder” and Stock.

To date there are 143 inductees in the Hall of Fame. (CRHA) other wise known as the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame (CPRHF). Features photos, biographies and memorabilia of Canada's most outstanding, professional cowboys, cowgirls and rodeo animals. We honor the hardcore, respected rodeo of Canada!

Founded in 1979

During a gathering of the Rodeo Alumni at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in 1979 a proposal was made to organize a Canada Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Further meetings were held resulting in the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association being formed. It became a registered association on June 19th, 1980. In 1981 the Association was granted tax free status as a charitable organization by the Government of Canada.

Twenty eight people became founding members when they donated $1,000.00 each to the association. Later nineteen people joined the organization as Life Members and one as a Charter Member.

On November 15th, 1981 the first contestant, Pete Knight, and the first animal, Midnight, were inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. To date there are 143 inductees in the Hall of Fame.

They began showing artifacts and inductee’s pictures and bios with mobile showcases and later had a mobile trailer to display the artifacts and honor the inductees.

It was decided the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association needed a permanent home for the artifacts and Hall of Fame. Thus began several fund raisers. Two raffles were held as fund raiser; one for a motor home and one for a van, which brought in about 30,000.00. Other raffles such as a Cash Calendar were held. Then in 1990 they held a huge cattle drive which made about $400,000.00 plus. These events were made possible by the numerous volunteers and supporters of our organization. Canadian Rodeo Historical Association and the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation became partners to found the Western Heritage Center. Sadly the Western Heritage Center did not survive but both associations are still active individually.

The Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame Foundation was registered on September 1st, 1998 in order to preserve the name Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame.

May 3, 2000, the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association obtained the name Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame as a registered trademark.

After being without a home for several years the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association is a non profitable organization are now looking into possible locations to house their artifacts and honor the inductees. To appear on our sponsors page, please submit any housing donations to the Canadian Historical Rodeo Association.

The Mission

An association founded by dedicated rodeo enthusiasts, “To honors and distinguish outstanding contestants, stock and builders in the Canadian Rodeo Arena. ”Our aim is to annually induct qualifying individuals to the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and display artifacts of the history of Canada rodeo.

Three categories are established: “Contestant, “Builder” and Stock.

To date there are 143 inductees in the Hall of Fame.

Submitted by:

Lester Gurnett

President Lester Gurnett Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame




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