Dale Butterwick was honoured as the 2019 Honourary Parade Marshal. Butterwick has had a long-lasting career in both calf roping and steer wrestling.
Starting out by entering amateur rodeos in 1965, Dale turned pro in 1969 winning the Hi-Point Permit that year.
Competing for 21 years, Dale was known to have pushed as many steers and calves as he had run himself.
He was always around to give a helping hand or teach a lesson or two.
After Dale was finished competing, he judged pro rodeos including the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the Calgary Stampede, in order to give back to the community that helped him along the way.
In 1998, he took the position of rodeo coach at Olds College and enjoyed helping students get started in their own rodeo careers.
Dale was well known for his fairness in both of these positions and an excellent coach to all.
Along with an outstanding rodeo career, Dale has held a love for ranching and training horses.
Taking pride and patience into account; the work and effort Dale put forth has resulted in some of these horses being part of top rodeo cowboy’s careers.
Two of the horses Dale has trained have won the Canadian Tie Down Horse of the Year; a prestigious honour given by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.
Dale has been and continues to be an outstanding cowboy in many fields.
He continues to volunteer at many rodeos at the timed event end and helps teach newer generations as he goes.
“Helping kids and horses in rodeo have been very rewarding for me and now I am watching my grandchildren compete,” Dale stated.