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North American Rodeo Legend Dead At 81
STIRLING, ALBERTA, CANADA -- Rodeo legend Reg Kesler, 81, passed away
in a vehicle accident near his childhood ranch south of Stirling, AB,
this past week.
Though he participated in all rodeo events during his early career,
which included being crowned the Canadian All-Around Champion in
1948, 1951 and 1953, Kesler is probably more famous for the
fast-paced rodeos he produced throughout Canada and the United States.
After Kesler, who was to ride in Monday's Taber parade, started Reg
Kesler Rodeo Ltd. in Rosemary, AB in 1951, he contracted out
championship rodeo stock for 45 years. In fact, two of his horses,
Three Bars and Moonshine, are in the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame.
In addition to the awards mentioned above, Kesler, a father of five
and grandfather of 17, was also inducted into the Raymond Sports Hall
of Fame (1989), Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame (1989), Alberta Sports
Hall of Fame (1990) and Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs,
Colorado (1992). Also in 1992, he received the Commemorative Medal of
the Order of Canada. He also helped found the Canadian Rodeo
Historical Association and the Western Heritage Centre.
Lethbridge Herald, 19 May 2001
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