Triple Induction for Calgary Stampede at Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame
Calgary, AB – The annual Calgary Stampede may be over, but the organization’s year-round initiatives continue to ride the rodeo trail. On Thursday, August 29 the Stampede was linked to three inductions into the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame in Washington State.
The Calgary Stampede Ranch was inducted for its tremendous 50-year track record of breeding bucking stock for rodeos; Grated Coconut, from the Stampede’s Born to Buck breeding program, was inducted in recognition of his success as the top bucking horse in the history of professional rodeo and the Calgary Stampede’s long-time official rodeo arena pick-up man, Gary Rempel, also earned a Hall of Fame induction for his decades of great service at the Ellensburg Rodeo, the Calgary Stampede and elsewhere.
“There’s no way you could have the best of the best rodeos without having the Calgary Stampede bucking stock,” says Rick Cole, Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame director. “You want the world’s top rough-stock cowboys competing and the only way to ensure that they come is to have the best bucking horses here. In this business, that means having the Calgary Stampede bucking horses.”
“We are so humbled to be included in the prestigious Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame,” says Keith Marrington, director of rodeo for the Calgary Stampede and the manager of the Stampede Ranch and roughstock. “At 90 years old, the Ellensburg Rodeo has a history and heritage almost as old as the Calgary Stampede. It is one the top stops on the pro rodeo circuit. To have one induction is such an incredible honour, but to have three Stampede-related inductions in the same year is simply overwhelming.”
For more on the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame, Click HERE. For more on the Calgary Stampede Ranch, Grated Coconut and the Born to Buck program, click on http://cs.calgarystampede.com/events/rodeo/ranch.html .
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