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Beechy Western Days 2013
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… away back in 1968, anyone thought the
Beechy Rodeo would continue for 25 years?
… the organizers thought they would see the day when the chutes and panels
remained behind the rink in the off-season?
… the lake road to Beechy would ever be oiled?
… Blue Bill will be back this year?
… the rodeo committee will ever pay a damage deposit for the use of the
… Beechy rodeo will ever make money?
really have changed since that first effort in 1968.
A week before the rodeo, Jerry Myers, or Duke Ferguson,
or Jim Blanchard (or all of the above) would pull into
town with a semi-load of stock. The rodeo in the south
country had its final performance and why would anyone
of Jerry Myers'experience take the stock all the way
to Moose Jaw for a few days only to round up and load
again for the haul to Beechy? All this western excitement
transpired because Albert Meaden, president of the rink
board, along with members George Barr and Clayton Unger,
had made the trek to Sandhills Rodeo earlier in the year.
Arrangements were made for Jerry Myers to produce an
indoor rodeo in Beechy that fall. Along with his Bar
T livestock, chutes were also transported from one rodeo
to the next. While some of the local hands spent several
days on the beg-and-borrow trail confiscating as many
panels as the neighbours could part with, others used
their talents with a welder. Of course the wooden grain
doors were also an integral part of the required props.
weatherman didn’t always co-operate in providing
good conditions on the winding link between Beechy and
Clearwater Lake. Each year dispensed a new experience
for stock contractor and contestants alike – rain,
snow, dust. The first trip to Beechy was quite an education.
the early years a two-day Quarter Horse show was part
of the western activities. Trucks and trailers, along
with semi trailers, lined the parking lot and the hills
north of the rink. Barns at the racetrack and Oliver’s
were booked to capacity and again the locals “lost” more
panels. Allen Moebis was contracted to build panels so
stalls could be provided in the curling rink. Signs of
the equine presence remain today like wear and tear on
rafters and the outline from hoof black on the cement
Myers would get a little excited around 5 on Friday night.
If the Quarter Horse show wasn’t completed it came
to a halt while the rodeo stock was sorted and the evening’s
performance commenced. Rerides and slack were generally
completed after the performance. Gary Jones kept the
spectators informed with times and scores.
particular show comes to mind. Art Peterson from British
Columbia was judging. American Quarter Horse Association
rules dictate that the judge cannot be from the home
province, or state, and thus an import was delivered
to the Hanke residence some time prior to 7 Friday morning.
That year the show ran its last class, pole bending,
at 3 a.m. Our announcer, Bill Story of CFQC, would have
had the show resumed earlier if they would just quit
turning out those bulls! Following the Saturday show
came the chore of finding the judge a ride back to Saskatoon
to catch a plane.
Hanke served as Show Manager for several years and part
of that prestigious position included providing accommodation
for the judge. Some years it also included providing
extra down-filled jackets for some of our more southerly
officials. When the Quarter Horse show was completed
in time, the rodeo stock was sorted while Lois Hanson
(one of the famous Dewar sisters trick riding act) took
the edge off her borrowed chestnut stallion, Sally’s
Chipper. He was whip broke and it was really quite amazing
to see the control she had over the free-funning horse.
The term ‘horse whisperer” was unknown then.
wasn’t too many years until the rodeo dances outgrew
the hall facilities (perhaps some other factors were
involved in the change), so the curling rink had to be
readied for the high-stepping humans. Panels, knee deep
in straw and shavings, were evacuated and the curling
rink soon became the ballroom.
signs that grace the east side of the arena today fulfilled
a notion recommended by Jake Braun that advertising could
be provided by local merchants, ranchers and farmers.
For many years Jake did the bulk of the canvassing and
then we’d wonder who could make a trip to Wally’s
Signet Design to pick up the signs…but phone first.
There’s a good chance the paint will still be a
this time, Charlie Skinner would have Jerry’s stock
prods working again, as well as the sound system that
reported to the hill so the show could run smoothly.
He’d probably be able to make the frames for the
are starting to notice the display in the Credit Union
as local merchants promoted the event. Sometimes all
the trophies and rosettes to be distributed to Quarter
Horse owners were displayed, or when Lois Meaden had
the horse wreck that detained her in hospital, her chaps,
hat and gloves were available so we could get some old-west
authenticity. The ladies borrowed antiques from Ike Petkau
and turned the western hospitality area above the kitchen
into quite a show place. Today the Chamber of Commerce
offers a plaque to the location that receives top marks
from the judges for their efforts.
Myers is getting anxious for the big event to start.
His laundry has been done at Tom’s Coin-Operated
Laundromat. Beechy’s rink kitchen is known to all
those who attend our rodeo. The kitchen crew really puts
on a spread and it definitely beats the bread and sardines
Jerry and Ralph Bellows have in their lunch buckets.
Jerry has even been known to get an overworked and underpaid
volunteer to “put it on my tab”!
of the congestion is alleviated at the gate because Hugh
Hunter has really taken his job to heart. Once the panels
had been painted canary yellow, it was time to get selling
those advance tickets. It was his pet peeve that we cut
off sales before Friday so we’d get some of that
Lucky Lake money!
station wagon is parked by the arena entrance – no
ambulance in those early years – and the announcer
is calling for Doctor Tony long after he has come to
the aid of an ailing cowboy.
year Mrs. Morson led her grade one class, hand in hand,
to the rink to see the glistening Quarter Horses change
leads and slide to a stop. Now, for the first year in
Saskatchewan, the high school students have rodeos of
their own where they can prepare for Canadian Cowboys
spectators would look in awe as rodeo clown and bullfighter,
Kelly LaCoste, is introduced as a former resident of
Baton Route, Louisiana. This year our in-house funnyman,
Warren Kelliher, plans to visit the school, and hopefully
some of those influenced will bring Mom and Dad to the
things about our western days remain as in the early
years. Timer Geraldine Ringrose continues to challenge
the announcer when a testy bull charges, much like she
did watching brother, Geoff, on a bareback horse, or
son, Colin Jr, in the mutton busting. At the end of her
competition years, Verna Allinson joined Deanie in the
rodeo stock gets a tour of the area annually. Nothing
has changed there either. If we could just get them to
bypass the golf course!
year at a rodeo meeting just prior to the big event,
Pete Perrin, Hugh Hunter or Keith Romanow would be railroaded
into receiving the glory of the lights and camera on “Meet
the Guest”. The folks at CJFB-TV come to us now
and the event winners can be seen on their sports broadcast
after the final performance.
year our Coteau Hills Cowboy is a former Beechy resident
and rodeo contestant, Brian Claypool. In his honor, souvenirs
in the form of T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps are being
sold. The artwork on these items features a silhouette
of Brian on the bull Doodle Gibbs. The subtle 25 branded
on the bull’s hip reminds us of our special anniversary.
that early rodeo committee, the same one that, on behalf
of the Beechy Community Rink, gave Myers Bar T Rodeo
Company a cheque for less that $1,000 representing half
the profit…I wonder if they thought the local organizations
could combine to put on such a successful event that
would net our community 5-figure profits, and grow to
the magnitude it has in 1992? Hats off to our community!
WESTERN DAYS - the next 15 years
we reflect on the Beechy Western Days performances, preparations
are being made for the 39th annual event in the fall
of 2006. The chutes and panels are moved into the rink
from their storage area along side the golf course. Rodeo
stock, supplied by Stan Weatherly’s Big Country
Rodeo, arrives in Beechy from performances in Quebec.
There is no longer a Quarter Horse show, or any sign
of wood-chewing horses as the curling rink has been rebuilt.
Friday evening’s dance for the High School Rodeo
contestants is in the hall. Saturday’s dance is
in the curling rink. Slack is completed Saturday morning.
By the way, the lake road is still under construction!
There are fewer businesses to provide decorations in the community and no Chamber
of Commerce to offer awards for the efforts. Just as residents must go farther
a field to obtain some goods and services, so too do the rink board and rodeo
committee to acquire sponsors and advertisers whose signs are displayed on
the rafters of the arena. The coin-operated laundry available at the Coteau
Country Inn is shared with motel staff as they ready rooms for the weekends’ occupants.
sound system is checked by Craig Robberstad, Jay Dee
Galbraith or Tony Mitchell. On occasion, the announcer
uses a cordless microphone and gets close to the action.
The clowns and barrel men also use contemporary equipment.
Their jokes and stories are no longer relayed to, and
repeated by, the rodeo announcer. The interaction between
them is by way of modern technology. Ralph Bellows no
longer opens gates to release broncs and bulls, but his
son, Lee, has entertained many with his array of hats,
and the marshmallows propelled from his slingshot.
has been several years since the demise of CJFB-TV in
Swift Current and advertising costs continue to escalate.
Clowns and contract acts provide fodder for press releases.
Stories have been printed in regional papers featuring
several rodeo celebrities. The list includes, but is
not limited to, the likes of Dennis Halstead (a 24-year
veteran of the Calgary Fire Department who is also the
#1 rodeo clown and barrel man in Canada) and Ash Cooper
(a rodeo clown and artist who can be seen weekly as the
host of Cowboy Country TV). We are proud to say that
these individuals, as well as many others, have graced
the arena in Beechy. Cowboys and cowgirls too numerous
to mention have competed at our small-town rodeo and
went on to venues such as the Calgary Stampede, the Canadian
Finals Rodeo and the National Finals Rodeo. The rodeo
dates are advertised early in the Western Producer and
after 39 years, it is believed that spectators just need
to be reminded of Beechy’s western events that
are held the last full weekend in September.
services have also seen an upgrade. Medical personnel
continue to provide excellent service. It’s the
equipment that has changed. Association rules that govern
approved rodeos advise that an ambulance must be in attendance
before the action commences. Beechy-Demaine Emergency
Services affords the necessary protection to the contestants.
corrals and pens erected behind the arena provide housing
for the rodeo stock. Although they are closer to the
golf course, the opportunities for an outing are reduced.
However the shod hoof prints on the sand greens are evidence
that the golf course still sees abuse by horses with
packages provide local and regional businesses a variety
of promotional opportunities. Without this financial
support it would be difficult to offer the prize money
required for an approved rodeo. Several sponsors have
been on board for most years of the rodeo. Some of the
original companies and individuals are no longer in business
and new money is always welcome. A variety of companies
have provided tractors and equipment to work the arena.
However, it was the quiet plodding of Norman Tuplin’s
Belgian team in front of the harrows that offered “a
wistful yearning for something past”.
number of activities have been included during the western
weekend to attract people, and make money. These included
a visit from the Coteau Hills Savage and wrestling, trick
riders, roast beef supper from a pit bar b q, golfing,
rodeo queen contests, stock dog demonstration and competition,
ladies calf dressing, nervous novice where locals took
up bronc and bull riding, mutton busting, calf scramble,
team roping and barrel racing jackpots. The Christian
Cowboys Association hosts a worship service in the park,
or the stands, on Sunday.
rodeo is unique in that the first two performances (Friday
and Saturday) represent the long go round that gives
each of the contestants one chance to return to the finals
on Sunday. Only the top ten in each of the seven major
events, and the top six in the junior events, are eligible
for the short go round. The top money winner of the rodeo
also gets to take home an additional high-point award.
Originally it was the Hugh Hunter Memorial Buckle sponsored
by the committee. More recently the winner has received
a handcrafted saddle, which has been donated on several
occasions by Norman Tuplin in memory of his father, Eric.
have been bestowed on a variety of people with ties to
Beechy Western Days. John Arntsen, the 1971-2-3 Bareback
Champion, was named Cowboy of the Decade by the Canadian
Cowboys Association. The Association recognizes that
it takes more than contestants to have a rodeo and Colin
Ringrose received a buckle at the Canadian Western Agribition
for his dedication and contribution to rodeo. At our
2006 rodeo, Allan Allinson will be presented with a buckle
as CCA Committee Person of the Year. The culinary efforts
of the rink auxiliary appear to go unnoticed but compliments
are many for their efforts.
1992, Brian Claypool was honoured as the Coteau Hills
Cowboy at the 25th annual Beechy rodeo. He was also nominated
to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame at that time.
Brian launched his bull riding career at our first rodeo.
He returned in 1969, at age 15, and won the event. The
Brian Claypool Memorial trophy is donated each year by
his grandmother, Ida Kenyon. Brian died tragically in
May 1979 while flying to a rodeo. In June of 2001, Brian
was inducted posthumously into the Saskatchewan Sports
Hall of Fame and Museum for his contribution to rodeo.
changes many things but eight seconds is still the magic
number in the riding events and the quickest one to stop
the clock wins the money in the timed events. Each year
the bull on our logo sports a brand that represents the
number of years Beechy rodeo has been around. The highway
signs to the north and south of town have been updated.