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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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