Cowboys for a Cure

Slade Rogers receiving the Cowboy Up Spirit Award. From left: Kylie Scheers, (Kylie and her father, Bill Scheers, are the founders of Cowboys for a Cure.) Slade Rogers, (unnamed) rodeo volunteer, Director Raychel Aurther and to the far right is Kyle Kidd, also a Director of Cowboys for a Cure. Photo by Dustin Wilson.

Congratulations to rodeo photographer Slade Rogers of Calgary who was named the co-recipient of this year’s Cowboy Up Spirit Award, alongside the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

A retired bull rider turned rodeo photographer, Slade, after a 10-year absence, climbed onboard a bull at the Dogpound Stampede. His charity-driven Cracking out for the Cure raised money for those battling cancer.

“I feel there are others more deserving of this award,” says Slade, “and I am very honoured to receive it… a big thank you to everyone for keeping me keeping on.”

The Cowboy Up Spirit Award was created in 2013 by Bill Scheers to recognize those who follow their dreams and give their heart and soul to the rodeo life, and for what they do outside of rodeo in their community. It was created to honour the cowboys and cowgirls that don’t let anything get in their way, and who truly live with a Cowboy Up Spirit.