The Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame has announced the following inductees for 2015.
Dee Butterfield – Contestant
An 11-time CFR qualifier and one-time NFR Qualifier, Dee Butterfield is also the 1992 Canadian Barrel Racing Champion. Butterfield has over 40 years of experience as a barrel racing and horsemanship clinician.
Greg Cassidy – Contestant
A four-time Canadian Champion Steer Wrestler and the 1987 and 1988 Canadian High Point Champion, Greg Cassidy has continued to be involved in the sport as a hazer.
Harris Dvorkin – Builder
Owner of the Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall Inc. in Calgary, Harris Dvorkin has been a friend of the cowboys for over 40 years. A former member of the Calgary Stampede’s Rodeo Committee, Dvorkin created the Ranchman’s Renegades Charity Bull Bustin’ which has now taken place in the parking lot behind the bar for 16 years, acting as an unofficial kick off to the Stampede.
Jim Freeman – Contestant
A multi-event cowboy, Jim Freeman was crowned the Canadian Bull Riding Champion at the conclusion of the first Canadian Finals Rodeo in 1974. Freeman became a judge in 1984 and continued his involvement in the sport instructing schools and as the Old College Rodeo Coach for 18 years.
Pearl Mandeville – Builder
Pearl Mandeville helped improve rodeo’s image by arranging visits to the Alberta Children’s Hospital with champion cowboys and acting as the promotional director for the inaugural year of High School Rodeo in Alberta. Pearl’s biggest contribution to the sport was the creation of the Canadian Rodeo News in 1964.
Junior – Animal
Tie down roping horse owned by Jim “Bearman” Campbell rode by all of the greats to numerous titles including two Canadian champions in the 1970’s.
About the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame (CPRHOF): Since 1981, 183 inductees have been inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, located upstairs in the Calnash Ag Events Center in Ponoka, AB. To nominate someone for induction into the CPRHOF visit the nomination tab at www.canadianprorodeohalloffame.com