It is with sincere and profound sadness that the Stampeders tip our hats to a fallen cowboy. Our organization’s president, Ty Hallgarth, passed away suddenly on January 31, 2022. We are at a loss for words to adequately describe our collective grief.
Ty had served the Stampeders since 2013, when he was elected as a Director. In 2015, Ty became Vice President of the Stampede. In 2017 he became President, and had remained in that role for the last five years. We lost our organization’s President, but more importantly, we lost a Stampede family member and an incredible friend. A big smile. A contagious laugh. A work ethic and talent that put all of us to shame. A love for rodeo and for our community. Our world is different without him, and his absence will be felt for years to come.
The Stampeders extend our very deepest condolences to Ty’s family, and we ask in sincerity that you hold them in your prayers now, and in the weeks and months ahead.
In Ty’s memory, and in honoring his love of Stampede, of rodeo, and of the community of Elgin, the Stampeders launched the Ty Hallgarth Memorial Xtreme Bronc Riding for the first time this year. It is only but a small token of our love and appreciation for Ty and his family. We hope it honors him, and that this event lives on for years to come. May we always remember Ty.
“Sit tall in the saddle
Hold your head up high
Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky
And live like you ain’t afraid to die
And don’t be scared, just enjoy the ride.”
Until we see you again, Ty, rest in peace.