LDS Cowboy Hailed as "Father of Modern Rodeo"


Earl W. Bascom was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Read up if you want to hear a rip-roaring tale, the story of a true cowboy. Meet the "father of modern rodeo," the "cowboy of cowboy artists." This tale is about none other than Earl W. Bascom.

Bascom was born in Vernal in 1906 and he seemed destined to be a cowboy. His father was once a lawman who had wild experiences with outlaws such as Butch Cassidy.

When Bascom was only 6 years old, his mother died and the family relocated to Raymond, Canada. This was a town named for the famous cowboy "Ranny" Ray Knight, who is known as the "father of the Canadian rodeo." As destiny would have it, Bascom's father worked as a ranch foreman for Knight.

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