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Joe Trotz recognized as Committee Person of the Year in Red Deer

Joe Trotz receiving his award for Committee Person of the Year by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association in Red Deer on October 31, 2023. KPRA photo from Facebook.

Nicholas L. M. Allen

Nov 15, 2023

Joe Trotz shares his thoughts on the award and the rodeo community.

Joe Trotz was honored as the Committee Person of the Year by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association at CFR49 in Red Deer on October 31. 

“A well-deserved and long overdue award for the best kind of person, we think the world of Joe [Trotz],” said the KPRA in a post on Facebook.

Trotz, known for his long-standing commitment to rodeo, shared his thoughts on the award and the rodeo community.

“I feel pretty good about getting this award. It’s nice when people notice the work you do. Someone had to suggest my name, and it’s special. I’ve been doing this for 41 years, so it feels good to be appreciated by others in the rodeo world,” Trotz commented.

When asked about his future plans, Trotz mentioned, “I just got reelected as president for three more years. I keep saying someone else should take over, but no one steps up. So, I guess I’ll keep going.”

The Kananaskis Rodeo Association (KPRA) hosts one of the earlier Canadian Pro Rodeo Association rodeos of the season. It is also sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association taking place right here in the Crowsnest Pass.

Reflecting on the early days of the rodeo committee, Trotz said, “We started with about five or six people. Back then, we didn’t even have basic things like a paddle or enough dirt for the arena. It’s amazing how we made it work with help from others and the municipality.”

Looking ahead, Trotz talked about upcoming events, including the upcoming skijoring in March and the 40th year of rodeo in the Pass. Trotz also expressed gratitude for the rodeo community.

“I’m thankful for the support from our people over the years. Many have been there since day one, and without them, it wouldn’t happen. I appreciate the people I work with,” said Trotz.

Trotz mentioned the success of the Crowsnest Pass rodeo, attracting attendees from various places.

“We have the stock contractor of the year, the stall contractor of the year, and the announcer of the year, all coming to our rodeo,” said Trotz.

The KPRA also shared their congratulations to Duane Kesler, Duane Ashbacher and Brett Gardiner who received awards alongside Trotz.

Joe Trotz stays a respected figure in the Canadian rodeo scene, dedicated to his role with the KPRA and appreciative of the supportive rodeo community. 

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