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First Cardston County Rodeo Champion in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
One of Cardston County's famous cowboys,
the late Earl W. Bascom, was honored
as the first rodeo champion to be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Recent induction ceremonies were held in Calgary at the hall of fame museum located
within the historic Canada Olympic Park where Bascom was awarded Canada's highest sports honor as a "Canadian Sports Legend."
Earl Bascom lived, cowboyed and rodeoed in Cardston County almost a hundred years ago.
The Bascom family came to Alberta from Utah in 1914 to work for Ray Knight. Two years later, the Bascoms moved to a farm at Welling Station within Cardston County, running
cattle on the banks of Pot Hole Creek.
Monica Wilson ~ Named Pioneer of Rodeo
Submitted by: By Valerie Fortney, Calgary Herald
In 1996, Wilson played an instrumental role in barrel racers winning the right to vote as members of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, receiving formal recognition of the sport as a major rodeo event and receiving equal prize money in the biggest bonus round on the Canadian pro circuit.
“I must have written hundreds of letters, to newspapers, to politicians,” the now 62-year-old champion tells me Monday morning. “It was a long road back then, just even trying to get recognized.”
Over the years, the gracious but determined cowgirl has received some big time recognition
of her own. In 1996, Wilson received the Calgary Stampede’s Guy Weadick Award — the first woman since the organization began in 1969 to bestow the honour on a chuckwagon or rodeo competitor who,