Good evening ladies and gentleman,
I would like
to start off by thanking the Wetaskiwin & County Sports Hall
of Fame for my induction. Itís truly a great honor to be put
beside so many past inductees from this community. I would
like to congratulate the other inductees as well; also thank
you, Rick & Sue for my nomination.
My first WPCA
race was in High River in 1982, outriding behind none other
then Rick Fraser; I guess this is what we call full circle.
Thanks again Rick.
I am so
thankful to be surrounded by so many family and friends
tonight, every one of you have been a part of the Bremner
Racing Team in some capacity. I want to thank each and every
one of you for everything you have done. I know I am being
recognized tonight, but I feel like it is more about
recognizing the people that helped me achieve this
incredible honor. To my beautiful wife Donna, my beautiful
daughter Jaycee, and my son Shane, words cannot express how
grateful I feel to have you stand beside me through all
these years. You know I wouldnít be standing up here without
you guys. It took a lot of hard work and dedication and you
guys were up for the challenge every time. Thank you, I love
To our son in
law Doug, Doug couldnít be here tonight the poor guy is
braving 85 degree temperatures in Phoenix with his buddy
Levi, for Leviís stag. But Doug, we do really miss you. Doug
outrode for us the last 2 years of my career and done a
great job. Doug went from being part of the Bremner Racing
Team to part of the Bremner family. We couldnít have asked
for a better young man to look after our daughter, thanks
for everything Doug.
To my mom
Shirley, mom you were there for my first race and my last,
for that I feel so blessed. I know you had your hands full
through the early years, but you always kept us on track,
thanks for everything mom.
To my brother
Wayne, thank you for all those springs and summers breaking
and training horses. They were some of the best times. We
couldnít have done it without you, thanks for everything.
brother Carl would be here if he could, somehow I feel he
is. What I would do to have one more race down the back
road, not even sure who won the last one. Miss you bro.
To my sister
Debi, 1972-82 was a blur, but in a good way. Thank you for
sister Chris couldnít be here tonight but I want her to know
weíre thinking of her.
To Kerry the
best barn boss ever, thanks for the 8 great summers, the
horses were your babies. We had many late night runs, you
didnít do any driving but you were always there when we got
home, well rested I might add.
To Brian and
Carolyn, the camp just wasnít the same when you guys werenít
there; but you didnít miss many. Thank you for all the hard
work you guys put in, never asking for anything. Thanks
Brian for having a cool one ready for me after each race.
tremendous sponsorship support through all of our years; I
am honored to have some of them here tonight.
Grahamís, thank you Kim and Colleen, Keith and Laura and all
the Trailblazer family for the 20 years of sponsorship and
even more the friendship. Nobody knows more then you guys
what it took to compete and without you we would have never
made it this far.
To Ken and
Heather, and everyone at the Cancorp Group. The last dozen
years with you guys supporting the team, as Ken would say,
has been fabulous. Having all of you guys around our camp
will always be cherished memories, so thank you.
I would like
to thank every other sponsor that supported the Bremner
Racing Team, I will forever be grateful to each and every
one of you.
The list could
go on and on, all the hired help, farriers, and equine
massage therapists. A special thanks to Buck, and Gina for
all the hours you spent making sure our horses had perfect
There is no
possible way I could name everyone who played a roll in my
career, but I have to recognize some guys that absolutely
helped shape and mold me into who I am today. Some of these
amazing men are gone but definitely not forgotten. As my bio
stated my journey began in 1972 outriding for my dad Roy and
ended in July 2015 at the Calgary Stampede. I didnít know it
then but my dad was quietly teaching us all the things we
would need to compete. The hard work, horse care,
dedication, and the determination. Thanks dad for giving me
everything I would need to succeed. You were taken away
before you had a chance to see us win our first World Title
but I pray you had the best seat all the way through.
came to our farm in the spring of 1984 and somehow we
managed to stay alive through spring training and make it to
my first WPCA event in Trochu, AB. I have no idea to this
day why it happened but after winning day money the first
day and Mother Nature raining us out the second day, I had
just won my first show. I know I couldnít have made it there
without Jim. Thank you. Jim went on to become one of the
best outriders this sport has ever seen, 5 world titles; an
I hit the road
with very little but it wasnít long till I realized I wasnít
alone. Joe King took me under his wing right after Trochu,
and I spent the rest of the summer between races at his farm
in Bassano. Joe taught me what a helping hand can do to get
someone on their way. I canít thank Joe, Judy, and their
family enough for an awesome rookie summer. Special thanks
to Reo for all the years of riding for us.
I spent the
summer of 1987 with George Normand. George was a fantastic
horseman and had a passion for the sport like no other. I
made my first Calgary Stampede dash that year. It was
Georgeís coaching and support that got me there. I canít
thank George, Joey and their family enough for that summer.
Dorchester was there through it all; from the first day I
arrived on the scene till the day he retired. His door was
always open. Dallas taught me that making mistakes was not
the end of the world. I canít thank Dallas and Shirley and
their family enough for giving me a home when I didnít have
one. I am so proud and honored to be placed on the same wall
as Dallas Dorchester. Special thanks to Quinn for all the
years of riding for us.
I would like
to thank all the outriders who rode somewhere in the
neighborhood of 1500 races with me. Special thanks to Jim
Shield and Chad Cosgrave for sticking it out with us whether
it was first place or last. I would like to thank the WPCA,
Calgary Stampede, and the CPCA without them there would be
what I miss the most is our amazing horses, the morning
walks to the barn, watching them buck and play; loving life.
Each and every one of them deserves to be in the Hall of
Fame. Iím thankful we still have Smooch, Whisper, and Pino
to remind us everyday what a unique and special sport we
were able to be apart of for 43 years.
most cherished memories I have are the countless laps around
the track, the campfires with my family and friends, and the
long midnight hauls reflecting on how that show just went
and how to get ready for the next one. Tonight I have one
more memory to add to the list.
Thank you and
I hope you all enjoy this evening!
and family describe you as a kind and caring couple who are
quiet and reserved (except maybe on the curling ice). and
good neighbours always willing to help out. Iíve had many
comments from Wetaskiwin residents confirming how deserving
you are of this recognition; youíve been a popular choice
for this award.
Bob, you are indeed positive examples for all in this room
and everyone in our community. We salute your family values,
your lifelong involvement in spor,t and the volunteer
contributions you have made to young people.
Congratulations on your induction into the Wetaskiwin and
County Sports Hall of Fame.
Jerry Bremner Inductee Page