by ProRodeo.com | May 18, 2015
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jim Gladstone, the first Canadian to earn a world championship in a timed event, and still the only Canadian to have won a tie-down roping gold buckle, died at his home on the Blood Reserve May 16. He was 72.
A versatile athlete as a youth who excelled in basketball, and track and field before finally concentrating on rodeo, Gladstone won the 1969, 1971 and 1973 Canadian tie-down roping championships and went on to win the world championship in 1977, upsetting Roy Cooper and Tom Ferguson at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.
Gladstone roped 10 calves in 119.7 seconds, setting an NFR record and beating the previous mark by almost five-and-a-half seconds, all while competing with a broken finger. He was carried out of the arena on the shoulders of his countrymen, waving the maple leaf flag.
He would ultimately qualify for the NFR four times (1972-73 and 1977-78), always as a tie-down roper, but he also competed in steer wrestling and team roping.
He is an inductee in both the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame.
The funeral service will be held at noon May 23 in the Cardston (Alberta) Agridome. Friends may meet the family for a visitation from 10-11:30 a.m. May 23 at the Legacy Funeral Home in Cardston.
Interment will be in the family plot at the Blood Reserve. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gladstone is survived by his six children: Stacey (Greg) Schmidt, Quincey (Troy) Atkin, Chad (Kim) Gladstone, Skye (Martin) Carroll, Lincoln Gladstone and Zac Gladstone; and 12 grandchildren, Trentin and Trey Atkin; Ashton and Tennison Schmidt; Madi, Miles, Chase and Callay Gladstone; and Solia, Atalya, Steele and Azure Carroll.
Courtesy of PRCA