community of Okanagan Falls is surrounded by orchards, ranches
and vineyards. The visitor can explore the many well-preserved
heritage buildings, and tour fine wineries and the several fruit
life sized bronze statue of Kenny McLean on the great bucking
horse Warpaint was unveiled in his home town of Okanagan Falls
on May 8, 2010 in front of a large crowd of family, friends
and admirers. Kenny McLean was world champion Saddle Bronc rider
in 1962 and won a total of fourteen major titles in his professional
career. He won his first buckle in 1956 at the age of seventeen,
and forty-five years later won the world senior pro calf roping
championship. Kenny was the first cowboy ever to be inducted
into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, and in 1976 he received
the Order of Canada. He has been inducted into the Canadian
Rodeo Hall of Fame, the BC Cowboys Hall of Fame, and the National
Cowboys Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
addition to being one of Canadas greatest rodeo athletes
of all time Kenny was also a mentor to several generations of
rodeo cowboys. He was a gifted horse trainer and teacher and
a tremendous ambassador for Canada, and the Sport of Rodeo.
was on his rope horse waiting to compete at a senior pro rodeo
in Taber Alberta, July 13 2002, when he suffered a major heart
attack and passed away at the age of 63.
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