Dozens of family, friends and fans of Pouce Coupe's Clayton Moore came out to the Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. on Saturday night to celebrate the steer wrestler and his successful career.
Titled 'The Building of a Champion,' the Meet & Greet highlighted Moore's career to the community using photos, video clips and a DVD, as well as displays of the steer wrestler's awards, saddles and personal artwork.
"It sure meant a lot to have a bunch of the community out there and everybody showing their support, it was really good," said Moore on Sunday.
"It was a really special night. They did some slideshows and showed a bunch of pictures of me when I was little, some of them I wasn't too impressed with, but I guess they got to put them on there," he added, chuckling. "It embarrassed me a little bit, but that's okay."
Put on by the Northern Rodeo Circuit as well as many other community volunteers, the Meet & Greet was created to celebrate Moore's career, as well as to congratulate him on his big Canadian Finals Rodeo Steer Wrestling Championship he won at the start of November.
"It's the first time we've had a champion for a while, it's very exciting," said Connie Patterson, who organized a lot of the event.
"He came up through our local high school rodeo. This is home. Home needs to do something so that's what we're doing."
Moore says many people were approaching him were congratulating him on his recent win, and a lot of littler fans were excited to meet him as well.
"There were lots of little kids coming up and shaking my hand and congratulating me, and that felt really good," he said.
"They sure did put a lot of work into it, I was quite impressed. There was lots going on and everyone had a good time."
Not left out of the celebrations was Moore's horse Pistol, who was an integral part of Moore's CFR win and recent success.
"Both him and the hazing horse were talked about quite a bit," Moore said. "He was just as much a part of the picture as I was. They all talked about how they should let him up the stairs, but I don't think he would've been too impressed."
Moore's mother Annette was also at the Meet & Greet, and she had some good stories about the spirited Pistol, since she was the one who initially broke and trained the bow-legged horse. Realizing Pistol would never be able to barrel race, she gave him to Clayton.
While Moore was in college, he asked Annette if he could sell the horse for $5,000, which he had been offered for Pistol.
"I said 'that's not very much,' and he said, 'I know Mom, I'm broke,'" Annette said. Eventually she gave him permission to sell Pistol, but the buyers wanted to do a vet check first. "They probably spent $1,500 on a vet check on a $5000 dollar horse, but it was the best thing for him, because he didn't pass.
"He'd have been gone for $5,000, and now [Clayton] has a $100,000 horse."
"It was a blessing he didn't pass that vet check," he said.
Moore and his family, friends and fans from the community visited and celebrated the Building of a Champion late into the night, which ended up being an evening Moore won't be forgetting any time soon.
"I want to thank everybody that came out and supported me," he said. "It meant an awful lot."
with files from Elaine Anselmi
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