Brian Claypool was born in Lucky Lake, the
second oldest of seven children raised by Ralph and Ellen Claypool, and
did most of his growing up in Saskatoon.
While attending E.D. Feehan High School,
Brian won Saskatoon and Saskatchewan wrestling titles in the 130-pound
division in 1971 and he was a member of Team Saskatchewan at the
In 1966, he and brother Howard went to the
Calgary Stampede and Brian rode in the boys' steer riding competition at
the age of 14. He was also riding in Saskatoon at the same time. By
1973, Brian was working the rodeo full time and in 1974, he won the bull
riding title for the first time at the Calgary Stampede.
He was also starting to make a mark on the
American circuit, including this stop at Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was
Canadian bull riding champion in 1975 and 1976, runner-up in 1977, and
set a record for most money won in a single season of bull riding in
1975. He qualified for the American rodeo finals in 1974 and 1976, tied
for third and fourth in 1976, and won all-round cowboy awards in Oregon,
Washington and Idaho.
competing on the American circuit when he lost his life in a plane crash
on May 22, 1979.