Trochu Celebrates Canada Day With A Weekend Of Family Fun

Trochu Parade Horses

Trochu’s Canada Day Weekend kicked off Friday, June 30th at the Trochu & District Ag Society grounds with the Crooked Horn Canadian Jr. Rodeo Association starting at 6 PM. Local entries participated in Friday and Saturday events.

On Canada Day, Saturday, July 1, Trochu Elks # 168 hosted breakfast at the Trochu Community Centre before hundreds of onlookers lined the streets of Trochu to take in the annual Parade at 11 AM. After the parade, the Ag Grounds were host to the annual Co-operators Rope Ride and Race Main event bringing a second day of Crooked Horn Jr. Rodeo along with bouncy castles, a petting zoo, face painting, vendors, Stick Pony races, Trick Riders, Diggers Diner Food Truck and beer gardens. The stands were packed for both days’ events. Free swimming was available at the Trochu Pool from 2 - 5 PM. Saturday evening over 300 people attended the Annual Ball Tournament Dance.

Trick Riding legend Claire Dewar Roberts was in attendance at the Ag Grounds on Saturday. Claire and her husband Nelson Roberts lived in the CNR train station in Three Hills from 1979 - 1984. Nelson was the last agent/operator in Three Hills. Claire and her sister Lois grew up on a farm near Hoosier, Saskatchewan in the 1930' and 40's. They were constantly doing tricks on their horses out on the bald prairie. Their brother Don Dewar, a Canadian Pro Rodeo member, told them girls were getting paid to trick ride in the United States. A dream was born. As teenagers, they got Riley & McCormick in Calgary to make trick riding saddles and their own personalized tack. Claire negotiated contracts with stock contractors like Harry Vold, Reg Kesler in Alberta, Jerry Meyes in Saskatchewan and Cliff Claggett in Manitoba. Claire designed and sewed all of their show outfits. In 1950 they were even models for GWG clothing. The Dewar Sisters performed at rodeos, parades and fairs all across North America. In the 1950's they were recognized as the first ladies to trick-ride professionally in Canada. Both Claire and Lois also barrel raced and Claire helped found the Saskatchewan Girls Barrel Racing Association. In 2009 Claire and Lois along with their brother Don Dewar were all inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Claire has recently moved back to Three Hills to be close to her family.