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Alberta High School Rodeo Association -

                             Early History provided by Past Sec. Treas. Gordon Prusky

               In May 1971, under the guidance of Gordon Prusky, the first ‘unofficial’ High School Rodeo was held in
               Strathmore, AB. As a schoolteacher committed to youth in a variety of sports, Gordon Prusky would be
               instrumental in the development of the AHSRA for years to come.
               In the winter of 1972, at the Flowery Cabin on the Calgary Stampede grounds, Prusky met with Lynn
               Jensen a schoolteacher from St. Mary's Cardston, Eddie Jensen a Claresholm rancher and John Loree,
               another schoolteacher from Claresholm. Eddie and Lynn had attended the National
               High School Rodeo Finals in 1971 and had received permission for Alberta to form a “temporary state"
               organization.   Loree was nominated as the first President of the AHSRA and the province’s first National
               Gordon Prusky was nominated as the Provincial Secretary – at title he would hold until 1983. He was
               also the Newsletter editor from 1972-1985. Prusky also put his administrative teaching skills to work
               drafting the AHSRA Constitution, and on December 4, 1972 the AHSRA was officially incorporated.
               The main form of communication at the time was through newsletters that each student would receive
               in the mail. Posters and the newsletters that would contain the most up to date results, were all printed
               on an old Gestetner printing machine.
               Kenny Ivester from Wyoming and Earl Northrop from North Dakota attended the first AHSRA finals held
               in Pincher Creek, AB in 1972.  Their report back to the National Board was that they were impressed by
                                                                          our province and its contestants, and
                                                                            that same summer our first team
                                                                             with 17 contestants attended the
                                                                             NHSRA Finals in Henderson,

                                                                             1972 AHSRA Team

                                                                             In the early years where a
                                                                             membership cost $25.00 and it was
                                                                             $10/event to enter, contestants
                                                                             from SK, MB, and BC all rodeo’d
                                                                             with Alberta. All the contestants
                                                                             knew each other, and it was a very
                                                                             tight knit family. The early stock
                                                                             contractors that helped to build
                                                                             the association included Harvey
                                                                             Northcott from Caroline and the
                                                                            Shade family from Cardston. The
                                                                          Shade family and Gordon Prusky on a
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