This Saturday, Nov. 30, the Northern Rodeo Circuit will be honouring Pouce Coupe steer wrestler Clayton Moore after he was named the 2013 Canadian Finals Rodeo Steer Wrestling Champion on Nov. 9 in Edmonton.
Moore, who grew up steer wrestling and calf roping in the area, will mingle with family, friends and fans in Saturday's Meet and Greet as his accomplishments are recognized throughout the evening.
"Clayton belongs to the Northern Rodeo Circuit and it's important for all of us," said Connie Patterson, president of the Dawson Creek Exhibition Association. "When we get a champion it's a pretty big thing, and of course even more so for Dawson Creek because we watched him grow.
"He's also a beautiful artist, and we're going to promote some of his art as well," she added. "A lot of the stuff [people] will come and see is not only art, but a lot of the trophies, saddles and things he's won over the past few years on his trail to becoming a Canadian Champion."
Attendees will also get to watch a DVD put together by the organizers called The Making of a Champion, which "tells the story of a horse and his boy."
That horse, Pistol, is quite the character. He's been with Moore since birth and is a central part of the steer wrestler's success over the years.
Pistol was named the Canadian Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year in 2012 and helped Moore land top times at the CFR earlier in the month.
"We'll be honouring Pistol as well," Patterson said. "Pistol was born with crooked legs and was one of the ugliest things you ever saw and he barely lived. He grew up with attitude and he's now 17 years old, so you can imagine how much Clayton worked with him and rode with him. Pistol was a big part of winning this Canadian Championship.
"He has a history, he's a bronc," she added. "He can bob his head and buck you off, he's one of those, but he's keen."
At the Meet and Greet there will be food, lots of items and awards on display, presentations and of course socializing with Moore himself.
With his artwork becoming more and more talked about, some of Moore's sketches and watercolours will be on display on Saturday as well, revealing that there's another side of the rough-and-tumble cowboy from Pouce Coupe.
"For us rodeo people, [his championship] is a really big thing," Patterson said, "But more than anything, lots of times people think he's just a cowboy - but he's a beautiful artist.
"He draws animals, and the other day he did a watercolour. It was absolutely gorgeous."
Because Moore also works with the Salvation Army, guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the area's less fortunate during the Christmas season.
Moore and the D.C.E.A. will be presenting the Salvation Army with food donations as well as frozen turkey vouchers on Monday.
Saturday's Meet and Greet for Clayton Moore runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the upstairs of Patterson's Auction Mart next to the Fair Grounds.
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