Canadian Rodeo History

The first rodeo in Canada was held in 1902 in Raymond, Alberta, when Raymond Knight financed and promoted a rodeo contest for pedestrians of xucros and bulls, called Raymond Stampede

In 1903, Knight built Canada’s first arena and grandstand and became the first rodeo producer.

Após a Guerra Civil Americana, o rodeio organizado surgiu com o primeiro realizado em Cheyenne, Wyoming, em 1872.

In 1912, Guy Weadick and several investors invested $ 100,000 to create what is now the Calgary Stampede.

The Stampede also incorporated mythical and historical elements, such as native Indians in full costumes, chuckwagon races, mounted police and bands. So from the beginning, the event was held in the second week of July and, since 1938, participants were asked to dress up for the occasion to add appearance to the event.

In 2003, it was estimated that 65 professional rodeos involving 700 members of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) took place in western Canada, along with professionals from the United States. However, many Canadian competitors worked part-time and did not make a significant living from the rodeo.

Canadians have made several significant contributions to the sport of rodeo. For example, in 1916, at Bascom Ranch in Welling, Alberta, John W. Bascom and their sons Raymond, Mel and Earl designed and built the first side-opening gate for the rodeos they were producing. But in 1919, Earl and John made the first side-opening, reverse-opening gate of the rodeo at Bascom Ranch in Lethbridge, Alberta. So this Bascom style door is now the standard design of the rodeo. But Earl Bascom also continued his innovative contributions to the sport of rodeo, such as designing and assembling the first rodeo hornless saddle in 1922, also the first one-handed rodeo riding equipment in 1924. But Earl and his brother Weldon also from rodeo produced the first rodeo at night held outdoors under electric light in 1935.

The Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is located in Ponoka, Alberta.

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