Stan Phelps

North side of the Big Four Building



Shell Canada, Calgary Stampede

About the Installation

This mural depicts the 1912 Stampede rodeo ending under the lights of cars which surrounded the infield. Tom Three Person, a Kainai cowboy, rode the outlaw horse, Cyclone, to a standstill becoming the first saddle bronc champion in Calgary.

Did You Know?

  • Tom Three Person, 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.