Cyclone into the Sunset
This mural depicts the 1912 Stampede rodeo ending under the lights of cars which surrounded the infield. Tom Three Person, a Blood Indian, rode the outlaw horse, Cyclone, to a standstill becoming the first saddle bronc champion in Calgary.
Did You Know?
- Tom Three Persons, of the Kainai First Nation, won the 1912 saddle bronc championship, the most coveted prize, riding a horse named Cyclone to a standstill. Prior to Tom Three Person’s famous ride, Cyclone had bucked off some 130 riders.
- Tom was pushed into the national spotlight as a champion but was barred by racism, as a native from the Blood Reserve, and was unable to compete in the United States.
- After his rodeo career, Tom became one of the most successful breeders of thoroughbred horses and purebred Hereford cattle in Southern Alberta
- In 1983, Tom was inducted into the Canadian Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth Texas.