I’m very proud to publish information about one of our members: Paddy Brown. He is very respected but also very timid. He never mentioned that he was bull rider or what his accomplishments were. He doesn’t care about fame but he cares about job being done and is very valuable member of our society. Bravo Paddy!!!!
Paddy Brown – Builder
Paddy joined the Cowboys’ Protective Association in 1950, at the age of 21, and began competing in the saddle bronc, cow milking, and wild horse racing events. Thus began a lifelong association with the sport if rodeo that, unlike most, didn’t end when his competitive years were finished.
A true builder and tireless supporter, Paddy has worked behind the scenes for 40 years to help establish rodeo as a professional sport, and to preserve western heritage and rodeo history for generations to come. In addition to eight years of active competition and 5 years working with stock contractor Harry Vold, in 1963 Paddy got himself involved on the business of rodeo.
He took on the role of secretary-treasurer for the CPA, and carried out for eleven years over a time period of change and conflict for the organization. In his quiet-spoken way he resolved conflict and managed to remain well-liked, two things that don’t go hand in hand. In recognition of his continued devotion of time and energy to rodeo, he received a life membership to the Canadian Professional Rodeo association in 1973.
He helped organize the CPRA Alumni to keep older members in touch, and in 1981 Paddy became one of the founding members of the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association, known today as the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He remained involved in the executive of the association until recently, including a three year stint as president.
When established, the CRHA’s goal was “to develop a Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame where the history of rodeo can be recorded for all time, and to honour those cowboys, animals, and builders of rodeo who achieved excellence in their field. This year, Paddy is honoured as one of these great people himself