Although he may be unknown to young people or those
recently arrived in this area, George Welsh is a
legend in the area of champion roping.
A Scotsman who migrated as a young man to the U.S.,
then to Canada, George was attracted to life on the
ranch and soon became very adept in roping cattle. His
skills were such that he performed at the first ever
Calgary Stampede in 1912 and was invited by Her
Majesty Queen Alexandra to a command performance.
George’s repertoire of tricks included
roping a horse and rider by one foot, both front feet,
both hind feet and then all four feet. Then he would
rope the rider himself.
George and his wife Olive lived at Horse Shoe Ranch
near Heatherdown and were well loved by the local
population. George was extraordinarily skilful with
animals and was often called upon to act as a
On display in the “Hometown Heroes” corner were two of
George Welsh’s original ropes, on loan from Fred Hay,
as well as a pair of spurs and a satin shirt on loan
from Less Ertman.
The exhibit was featured at the Onoway
Museum from May to October in 2010.
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