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Hard Rider

Hard Rider

| 57 min

This documentary follows the rodeo circuit as experienced by Canadian world-champion cowboy Kenny McLean. The film follows him on the stampede trail from Texas to Alberta, with scenes of bronco busting, calf roping and steer wrestling. It is what he does for a living, but his real life is with his wife and infant son on his ranch in British Columbia.

  • director
    Josef Reeve
  • script
    Josef Reeve
  • producer
    Wolf Koenig
  • executive producer
    Robert Verrall
  • camera
    Eugene Boyko
    Alain Dostie
  • sound
    Joseph Champagne
    Serge Beauchemin
  • editing
    Robert Fortier
  • sound editing
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Michel Descombes
  • music
    Doc Watson
    Merle Watson
    Buddy Red-Bow


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Ages 12 to 17

Indigenous Studies - Arts
Social Studies - Social History

Brainstorm: rodeo competition as a career. Have students comment on the modern-day cowboy’s fascination with the old West. Do you think the appeal of the rodeo has declined in recent years? Account for this fact. What kinds of men are drawn to this lifestyle? Identify the qualities that made Kenny McLean a world-champion cowboy. For more information on Kenny Maclean since the making of this film, go to his website.

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