record in Canada is outstanding. He was the Canadian Novice
Champion in Saddle Bronc in 1972 and high point winner, year-end
leader in Bull Riding in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Brian was the
Calgary Stampede Bull Riding Champion in 1974 and 1975. Also
in 1975, he set a record for most money won in Bull Riding
in a single season in Canada. Claypool qualified for four consecutive
Canadian Finals Rodeos from 1974 to 1977. Internationally,
Brian qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in Bull Riding
in 1974 and 1976. He was the champion in Bull Riding (1972)
and Saddle Bronc (1974) at the Pendleton Roundup in Oregon.
He also won the All Around Cowboy award at Moses Lake, Washington
in 1972 and Lewiston, Idaho in 1973.
In 1976 Brian
won the Guy Weadick Award at the Calgary Stampede for “the
cowboy most symbolic of the western spirit in action”.
It is fitting that Brian is the subject of Beechy Western Days
logo. Each fall the bull is branded with the year indicating
the number of Beechy rodeos.
tragically in May 1979 when the small plane he was flying in
to a rodeo, crashed in the Northwest United States. Brian had
led the way for Saskatchewan rodeo athletes to make a real
impact on the rodeo world.
Brian was inducted posthumously into the Saskatchewan Sports
Hall of Fame and Museum for his contribution to rodeo. That
same year, the second performance of the rodeo, September 22,
observed what would have been Brian’s 48th birthday.
Bull rider, Bert Thompson, competed at the 34th annual rodeo
and won the Brian Claypool Memorial Trophy donated by Brian’s
grandmother and long time Beechy resident, Ida Kenyon.
A card was
received from Ralph and Ellen Claypool with the following message: “We
were very honoured when Brian was inducted into the Saskatchewan
Sports Hall of Fame this past June. We want to thank the hard
working and dedicated Beechy Rodeo Committee who made it all
possible. Over the years, we think that this rodeo committee
has been exceptional. Thank you all again.”