The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company’s outdoor rodeo arena has been renamed to honour two local rodeo legends. 

The arena was originally renamed in 2010 to honour Bill Gomersall. He was a local cowboy, poet and rancher with a known passion for horses. 

Gomersall passed away on March 20, 2006, a day short of his 101st birthday. 

During last weekend’s Lee Bellows Bucking Horse School, formerly known as the Roughstock Rodeo School, a dedication ceremony was held to add Bellows’ name to make it the Bellows Gomersall Arena. 

“Lee was active in getting the arena built and finished and was very active in rodeos and the youth rodeo school. It was just extremely good that we were able to name it the Bellows Gomersall Arena,” said Moose Jaw Exhibition Company General Manager George Fowler. 

Bellows was best known for his entertainment factor as a rodeo clown, along with being a cowboy poet. He work took across the country from Vancouver Island to Ontario. He even performed overseas in Melbourne, Australia.  

Bellows appeared twice at the world-famous Calgary Stampede. He passed away on March 23, 2023. 

Fowler said it was fitting the Bellows’ and Gomersall’s names are both linked to the outdoor arena. 

“We just rededicated the arena so it’s now the Bellows Gomersall Arena. They had been friends for year, and he had passed on before Lee,” he said. 

You can find out more about the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company and upcoming events on their website.