Stu Grant Memorial

From left: Joanne and Billy Melville, and Lennie Geddies from the Black Aces Chuckwagon Promotion Group, presenter of the Stu Grant Memorial at the 2015 Ponoka Stampede. Photo courtesy Billy Melville.

Since 1936 the Ponoka Stampede has grown to become the largest seven-day pro rodeo in Canada and ranks among the top four money-wise in North America.

Each year, the Ponoka Stampede honours individuals, including those who have contributed to chuckwagon racing. One of the honours is the presentation of the Stu Grant Memorial Award.

Grant was a long time employee of Dow Chemical and was actively involved with the promotion of the Ponoka Stampede and the chuckwagon races. After his death, Dow Chemical sponsored the awarding of a Memorial Buckle to those who have contributed to the development of the sport.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipient Billy Melville, broadcaster, colour commentator, historian and Canadian Cowboy Country columnist.