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Brian Claypool

Brian Claypool was born in Lucky Lake but did most of his growing up in Saskatoon. He was the second oldest of seven children raised by Ralph and Ellen Claypool. All have grown up around horses. While attending E.D. Feehan High School, Brian won Saskatoon and Saskatchewan wrestling titles in the 130-pound division in 1971 and he was a member of Team Saskatchewan at the Canadian championships.

In 1966, he and brother Howard went to the Calgary Stampede and Brian rode in the boys' steer riding competition at the age of 14. He was also riding in Saskatoon at the same time. By 1973, Brian was working the rodeo full time and a year later, he won the bull riding title for the first time at the Calgary Stampede. He was also starting to make a mark on the American circuit, including this stop at Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was Canadian bull riding champion in 1975 and 1976, runner-up in 1977, and set a record for most money won in a single season of bull riding in 1975. He qualified for the American rodeo finals in 1974 and 1976, tied for third and fourth in 1976, won all-round cowboy awards in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Brian was competing on the American circuit when he lost his life in a plane crash on May 22, 1979.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Gib Potter

Gib Potter was born July 11th, 1906 in Saskatoon. He got "hooked" on the rodeo game after watching a trick roper perform for the Dakota Max's Wild West show in 1922 in Saskatoon. The following year he made his debut as a professional trick roper in Kamsack. Gib was a regular on the prairie circuit. In 1927 at the Calgary Stampede, he was declared the official Canadian champion in the Fancy and Trick roping contest. That same year, his trick roping took him to many centres in the U.S.A. and he performed at many wild west shows across Canada.

In 1942, Gib joined the Navy but he assisted in Victory Loan drives wherever he was posted. After his discharge, Gib and his wife Margaret put on many shows at rodeos. He was chairman of the Saskatoon Exhibition rodeos for 25 years.

In 1986, Gib was inducted as a builder in the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. He founded the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association and is a life member of that organization as well as the Rodeo Association of Saskatoon. Gib's love of horses , his skill at roping and his desire to help others earned him induction into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

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