BY GORDON ANDERSON, CALGARY SUN
Ranchman’s Renegade Inc. president and CEO Harris Dvorkin was unofficially welcomed into the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame on Day 2 of the Ranchman’s Renegades Bullbustin on Wednesday night.
Needless to say Dvorkin was speechless when he heard about the news.
“It’s unbelievable,” Dvorkin said. “I never expected such a thing in any way shape or form. It’s just phenomenal to be put in with a group of such talented performers.”
Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame vice president Lester Gurnett was on the 10-person board that made the selection and according to the vice president, Dvorkin was an easy choice.
“The man has sponsored rodeo since the day he opened the place and has been a huge backer of it,” Gurnett said. “This is just a culmination of 45 years of being in the rodeo business. It was pretty easy and some thought went into it, but it was a unanimous vote — there’s no doubt.”
Even though Dvorkin was told about the honour a few months back, he got to choose the rodeo of his liking to have a small ceremony honouring him.
Being the 16th year of Bullbustin in the west parking lot behind Ranchman’s, the choice was easy to make as the 74-year-old made his way into the ring in a golf cart to a polite standing ovation.
Bullrider Tyler Thomson, of Black Diamond, Alta., says the honour is well deserved, considering what Dvorkin has done for the sport in the Stampede City.
“It’s a huge honour for him,” Thomson said. “(Dvorkin) has been around for a lot of years, and this is the place all the cowboys have come to celebrate their victories for a lot of years. It means a lot that (Dvorkin) has built an establishment like this that the guys want to be at when they do good.”
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