one of the all-time bareback riding greats in the Canadian
Cowboys Association, John Arntsen was the 1971-2-3 Bareback
Champion. Although remembered most for his expertise
in that event, John was a two-event cowboy who was always
tough at the other end of the arena as well, in the calf
is indicative of the respect of his peers that John was
named Captain of the Team Saskatchewan entry which competed
in the 1979 and 1980 World Cup of Rodeo at the Calgary
Stampede. In 1979, John and the captain of Team British
Columbia led the stampede parade along with Casey Tibbs.
involved in the organizational development of the Association,
John has been a member of the CCA since 1964 and served
on the CCA Board of Directors from 1967-69 and again
from 1977-80 after his 1970-76 term as president. On
the local scene, John became one of the volunteers on
the Beechy rodeo committee for the first rodeo in 1968
and served as a judge or arena director on several occasions.
his prowess in the arena, concern for cowboys and dedication
to the sport of rodeo, John was named CCA Cowboy of the
Decade for the seventies – a coveted award sponsored
by the Roger Lehr family.
is with pride that we welcome John Arntsen, winner of
the bareback competition at our first rodeo in
1968, as one of the judges for Beechy Western Days 22