Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame – August 2017

Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame newsletter

Good Day everyone,

This year seems to have gone by very quickly, now it’s only 2 months out from the banquet, hard to believe it’s coming up that fast!


This year’s induction banquet weekend will be October 20th and 21st, it is back at the same hotel, the Coast Plaza, 1316 33rd Street N.E., Calgary, AB. Please give them a call to make a reservation, 1 800 661 1464, we have some rooms blocked off, but better call sooner than later for price and availability.

We are starting out the weekend again with the Poker evening on the Friday, it will be basically the same format as last year, there is a $100 buy-in and $50 buy back for a fun evening where we play some poker and get caught up on what’s been going on with everyone. It is a way for all of us to get together and help raise a couple bucks for the Hall and get a good visit in before things get busy on Saturday. To register for this please email Catherine at or call her at 1 403 261 0117. You don’t have to pay and play, if anyone wants to come and visit, please do, it’s a nice social gathering.

For banquet tickets please call Tana again at 1 403 512 4724 or email her at the pricing is the same as last year, $80 in advance or $100 at the door, but please call ahead book and pay for your tickets with Tana so we know our numbers and it also makes the line getting in a lot easier to get through. I have to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who attend the banquet every year, not only is it a great show of support for our inductees and the Hall but it is just a GREAT evening, please spread the word to all the family and friends, how about everyone bringing two new people this year??? If you have anyone who would like to step up and buy a sponsor table, we can arrange that too, please call Catherine about that. We will also accept donations for both the live and silent auction parts of the evening, give me a call if you have any questions, Earl at 780 619 1315.

We are planning on adding a few surprises to the banquet this year, but nothing we are going to let you know of ahead of time, you will just have to come out to see what’s happening……

Please also consider coming to the Annual General Meeting on Saturday before the banquet, it is at 11:00 that morning, but we never know our room location until we get to Calgary. If you happen to be there before noon, just ask one of us or the front desk and please join us, you will hear what happened during the year and help guide the organization in the coming year.




The rodeo inductions are now done and all of us on the board want to pass our sincere THANK YOU to all the committees that hosted us and allowed us to have some time during their shows. First was Glen Keeley at Stavely, then Lester Gurnett at Airdrie, then Rayel Little, Billy Laye, Denny Hay and Vold’s B6 Little Six at Ponoka, followed by Bill Pimm up at Grimshaw. Thank you also to all the board members that did the write-ups and attended all the presentations throughout our lovely province this summer!!


This project is now at the printers and should be delivered soon, stay tuned for an exact release date!

A BIG thanks to Cindy Helmig for getting it started and to Karry Krystal for getting it to the finish line!!

We are still accepting pre-orders for it, they are $20 each, with GST included, so if you haven’t already told Karry how many you need for home and gift giving please get hold of her at

I would be in trouble if I also didn’t thank all of those that submitted recipes for the cookbook, we couldn’t have done it without your help too, THANKS!!!


We had a nice turn out for the unveiling of the memorabilia from last year’s inductees just before the Ponoka Stampede this year. We very much appreciate all the AMAZING items that are loaned to us at the Hall from all our inductees, it wouldn’t be anything without the incredible displays. Not only was the event well attended, we had some press there this year so hopefully we will get a bit more publicity because of their kind support. We also called on Dean Edge to auction off a couple items for us and we REALLY appreciate him driving over from Rimbey, taking some time out of his busy day and helping us raise a few dollars! If it works in his schedule we hope to have him attend and help us out in a similar way at the banquet this year, if any of you see him, please pass a thanks along for his support!


We have had a good number of people through the Hall this year, and I have to thank all those that help to staff the hall and keep everything in good order; Brenda, Gwen, Mollie (our summer employee), Shelley, Michelle, some inductees and the odd board member or life members too!   And as always the staff at the Calnash Ag Centre.


Mr. Harold Girletz, passed on June 21st at the age of 89.

Mr. Winston Bruce, passed July 10th at the age of 79.

Mrs. Marj Johansen, passed away August 8th, at the age of 86.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and the whole rodeo community. There was no service for Mr. Girletz, Mrs. Johansen’s was August 15th, and there is a planned memorial for Mr. Bruce to be held in the Calnash Ag Centre on September 19th, please watch the CPRA website for further details regarding the service and the Invitational Bronc Riding immediately following the memorial.


We had an interesting thing happen recently, a call and letter from “Bareback Jack” Smith (also known as Sneaky Pete the rodeo clown). He has been involved with both rodeo and youth in various sports for years now and he had the idea to put up a life membership as a prize to the winner of the bareback event at the Coombs Bulls, Broncs and Barrels, this August 19th and 20th. He is a very strong supporter of what we are doing at the Hall, and he also wants to raise some awareness amongst the younger riders starting out down the road of who we are, what we do at the Hall, and the honour it is to be inducted into the Hall. He is hoping that it will give the younger generation something to shoot for, a high goal for them to achieve in their rodeo career. I think that he has come up with a great idea that could be adopted by any rodeo committee out there, it’s not too hard to find a $500 sponsor locally that might be interested in doing the same thing for a specific event at their show. It should promote participation at the rodeo, and awareness of the Hall at the same time, a win-win combination. We are always open to interesting, good ideas that help rodeo and the Hall, so please call if anyone has other ones we can look at doing.


Before signing off this time, I had the request to pass along a bit of info as to who this Earl guy is?? So here goes, I figure we will do a bit of info on a different board member each time, so those we don’t see often get a chance to have a bit of background on us.

I own and run a business in Edmonton, where I was both born and raised, Eddie’s Men’s Wear, that my late father started it back in 1958. I never did rodeo, I tried a few events, but found out quick that I just wasn’t that good at any of them. That’s when I started to help behind the scenes and have been a volunteer at the CFR for over 25 years now, also a past board member at Northlands (still an active shareholder), helped out at the Leduc Black Gold rodeo many years ago, I have also sat on the CFR committee a while back and on the Edmonton Rodeo Cowboys Benevolent Fund board.

I am lucky to be a member of the Lea Park committee for probably 8 years already now, I am also on the new K-Days rodeo committee. I am a sponsor, associate member and a volunteer with the CPRA, and do the odd thing with the Hall of Fame…….I live on the south end of Edmonton right now, but will be moving to the east of Millet in a while, just have to build a place to call home. I have 2 (almost) grown kids that are both in post-secondary education at this time.

I hope this gives you a bit of who I am and if anyone wants to get me, Earl Klapstein, they can at;, 1 780 433 1333 work or 1 780 619 1315 cell.

Thank you all for your help, memberships, support and ideas!




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