Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees
By Ted Stovin
PONOKA, Alberta – The board of directors for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is proud to announce the following inductees for 2017
Denny Hay – Contestant – A three-time Canadian Champion Saddle Bronc Rider (’95, ’96 and ’98), Denny Hay or Mayerthorpe, AB qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) on 15 separate occasions accompanied by four appearances at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas. Hay won the aggregate at the CFR in 1998, won the novice title for Canada in 1988 and was the Canadian rookie of the year in 1989. In 1998 Hay also won the $50,000 at the Calgary Stampede. Depending who’s asked all of that may not compare to the Olympic Gold Medal from the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT.
Glen Keeley – Contestant – The 1989 Canadian Champion Bull Rider and 1983 Canadian Champion Steer Rider, Glen Keeley passed away tragically in Albuquerque, NM in March of 2000 at the Ty Murray Invitational PBR. Keeley qualified for numerous CFR, NFR and Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals and was inside the top five in the PBR’s World Standings when he passed. Keeley was one of Canada’s top bull riding talents ever and taken far too soon. Since his passing, friends and family have put on the Glen Keeley Memorial PBR in Stavely, AB on Labor Day Weekend each September since 2004. The proceeds from non-profit event are donated to the Glen Keeley Benevolent & Scholarship Fund. Glen’s Memorial buckle and ring of honor awards rival that of any other trophy on the planet.
Billy Laye – Contestant – A three-time NFR qualifier, Billy Laye was also the 1991 Canadian Champion in the bareback riding. In 1991 Laye won the $50,000 at the Calgary Stampede and set a record at the time of 90 points on a Butler and Cervi horse called Brown Bomber at the NFR in 1995. Born in Consort, AB, Laye can be found at numerous rodeos across the country helping the next generation of bareback riders such as NFR qualifier Clint Laye.
Rayel Little – Contestant – A four-time Canadian Barrel Racing Champion, Rayel Little (Robinson) also qualified for the NFR on two separate occasions. For two decades Robinson qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR). A horse trainer by trade, Robinson trained five horses to qualify for the CFR in a single year. For three consecutive years from 2005 to 2007 Robinson won the Ponoka Stampede. Today, Rayel continues to train barrel horses and spends her winters in the real estate business in Arizona.
Bill Pimm – Builder – Born in Lethbridge, AB Bill Pimm spent his early years in west central Alberta near Sundre. At the age of seven, Pimm broke his first saddle horse and entered the Sundre Stampede at 13. In the following years he assisted in building the rodeo grounds in Sundre, Caroline and Benalto while competing at the same time. In 1954 Pimm moved his family north where they settled at Grimshaw. Soon after his arrival he became involved in plans to bring Pro Rodeo to the North Peace area. In 1977, Bill took over the role of President of the North Peace Stampede, a position he would hold for 20 years. During his time Bill put his heart and soul into the betterment of rodeo always promoting the North Peace Stampede. Bill was the backbone to many large construction projects at the grounds and honored with the CPRA Committee Person of the Year award in 1983.
Vold Rodeo’s B6 Little Six – Animal – The 1977 Bull of the Year in Canadian Pro Rodeo Little six was small but bucked every time.
“When they rode him they always won,” Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame director Jim Pippolo said. “He wasn’t very big, at about 1,400lbs, he was bucky.”
“I remember one year in Morris he was out every day and I was cracking latches. The first day I think he bucked off Donny Gay, the next day it was Jerry Beagley and another NFR qualifier on the third day, back to back to back, all the top guys in the world. By the time I got the gate open and looked around they were all on the ground.”
A dark brown and black banana horned bull, Little Six also was rode by Joe Dodds for a Calgary Stampede Championship.
The 2017 Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction Banquet takes place on Saturday October 21st at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary. The third poker tournament and pre-banquet social is scheduled for Friday evening featuring this year’s inductees with the proceeds benefitting the Hall of Fame.
About the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame (CPRHOF): Since 1981, 195 inductees have been inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame which is located upstairs in the Calnash Ag Events Centre in Ponoka, AB. To nominate someone for induction into the CPRHOF visit the nomination tab at www.canadianprorodeohalloffame.com
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