Ty Taypotat

Photo by Gracey Dove.

When the fireworks exploded in Rexall Place for the opening of the 2015 Canadian Finals Rodeo it was almost “old hat” for Ty Taypotat. It was the fourth time he had earned his spot in Canada’s greatest rodeo.

But it was the first time the roughstock rider had been the feature of a documentary.

The Regina, Sask., cowboy is an anomaly. He was raised in the city, but he excels at that most rural of sports — rodeo. His middle name is “Fast” so you’d think he’d be a dedicated roper like his grandfather, Louis, who was the chief of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation near Broadview, Sask., for 27 years, and a founder of the Prairie Indian Rodeo Association. Yet, the third generation rodeo cowboy has followed the snap and kick part of the trail laid by his father, Curtis, himself the rarest of all cowboys — an all-around; one who worked both ends of the arena in tie down roping and bareback.

You can read the whole article in the February/March 2016 issue of Canadian Cowboy Country magazine. To subscribe, click here or call Kendra at 1-800-943-7336.