Remembering A Rodeo Legend: Harry Vold, The Duke Of The Chutes

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            “Harry just had a way with people. He was spectacular to be around. He was humble, and great to talk to, and he was a unique man. It’s a big loss to our rodeo industry.”
            ­­­– Seven-time Wrangler National Rodeo qualifier Josh Peek on his good friend Harry Vold, who passed away Monday.

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This is how we choose to remember him, watching the rodeo with CNFR competitors. There will never be another "Duke of the Chutes." We are proud of the affiliation that Harry Vold had with college rodeo and that the legacy lives on. We can never thank you enough. Sending love and prayers to the Vold family and know that our loss is heaven's gain.

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Ponoka Cowboy, Rodeo Legend, Stock Contractor, Gentlemen & Friend, Harry Vold passed away in his sleep this morning peacefully at 93 years old. The "Duke of The Chutes" will be remembered forever. Nobody enjoyed rodeo more than Harry, he dedicated his entire life to the sport. A memorial service will take place at 1pm on March 20th at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO. Rest peacefully and watch over us Cowboy! Our hearts are with the entire Vold family

Rodeo world remembers Harry Vold



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Duke of the Chutes was remembered in grand fashion Monday.

An estimated crowd of 600 people paid tribute to ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor Harry Vold during an emotional memorial service at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame’s courtyard. The memorial service was emceed by veteran ProRodeo announcer Boyd Polhamus.

Vold passed away March 13 at the age of 93 in his sleep at his home in Avondale, Colo.

“This was a great tribute to what a good person he was and that he was a great friend to other people,” said Kirsten Vold, Harry’s daughter, who will continue to run her father’s rodeo company. “This was wonderful. I also think how great it is that all these people get to see each other who normally don’t get to see each other for many years.”

Harry Vold is one of only two stock contractors to provide animals for every National Finals Rodeo, which has been held annually since 1959.

Vold, while operating the Harry Vold Rodeo Company, was chosen PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year 11 times (1982, 1987-96), which is tied for the most selections with Stace Smith ProRodeos.

Jerry Nelson, who runs Frontier Rodeo Company and has been selected PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year the past two years, took a moment Monday to talk about Vold.

“I think we’re all going to miss him,” Nelson said. “We’re going to miss his point of view and miss his tips and just miss talking to him. I loved calling him on the phone and saying, ‘Hey, Harry, what do you think about this? Or what do you think about that?’ I wouldn’t be in the rodeo business if it wasn’t for him selling me those mares like he did years ago; I would call him all the time and talk to him. I’m going to miss him, and there will not be another Harry Vold.”

Harry Vold: Jan. 29, 1924 – March 13, 2017



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The rodeo world lost a legend Monday.

ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor Harry Vold passed away March 13. He was 93.
Vold, who was known as the “Duke of the Chutes” passed away in his sleep at his home in Avondale, Colo.

“My dad enjoyed rodeo more than anyone I know,” said Kirsten Vold, Harry’s daughter. “The PRCA meant a lot to him. He dedicated his life to the sport of rodeo and he believed in everything those four letters (PRCA) stood for. He passed away in his sleep like every good cowboy should.”

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. (MT) March 20 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., 101 Pro Rodeo Drive.



Vold, while operating the Harry Vold Rodeo Company, was chosen PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year 11 times (1982, 1987-96), which is tied for the most selections with Stace Smith ProRodeos.



Vold is one of only two stock contractors to provide animals for every National Finals Rodeo, which has been held annually since 1959.

“He’s made a lot of friends and done a lot of things in rodeo,” Kirsten said. “I would say he had no regrets with how he spent his life because there’s nothing he would have rather have done than spend it in a rodeo arena on the back of a black horse, and he got to do that for many, many years.”

Vold was born Jan. 29, 1924, in Edmonton, Alberta. Vold tried his hand at bareback and saddle bronc riding, but he never had any ambition to be a full-time rodeo cowboy. 

His interest was in the horse business and auctioneering, then in rodeo. His early exposure to stock contracting came with some of the greatest names in the business – Leo Cremer, Lynn Beutler and Harry Knight.



Vold’s breeding program, primarily with bucking horses, has led to seven animals being voted top bucking stock of the year – two of which have been repeat winners. Over the years, Vold stock has appeared at every major rodeo in the United States, and several in Canada.



“My philosophy is to put on the very best quality rodeo with top stock and top cowboys –  wholesome family entertainment,” Harry once said.

Vold was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1994 and was named Legend of ProRodeo in 2009.

“I would hope people would remember that he was a true, loyal and honest friend,” said Kirsten, who will continue to run her father’s rodeo company.