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Memorable Manitobans: Leonard Douglas Carroll (1927-2015)

Cowboy.

Born at Treherne on 25 December 1927, eighth child of Thomas Carroll and Myrtle Leader, he moved to Bagot the following year. He attended Bagot School and became interested in horses at an early age, while working as a ranch hand in Alberta. He guided and packed in the mountain area near Jasper and worked as a stunt double for such Hollywood celebrities as Robert Mitchum, Walter Brennan, and Henry Morgan. After 12 years, he returned to Manitoba to complete high school and take some university courses. He operated a riding school then directed and managed a larger horse complex. He trained horses and taught horsemanship, judged horseback riding, and was a founding member and director of the Quarter Horse Association and the Manitoba Cutting Horse Association. He was the founding member and first President of what is now the Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys’ Association. In 1993, he became the first inductee into the Association’s Hall of Fame. He was known for his talent in storytelling and poetry reading. He died at Carberry on 26 December 2015.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 January 2016

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