There’s a new piece of art at the Cochrane RancheHouse, donated by the family of Gina McDougall Cohoe in her memory.
The metre-high bronze of a rearing colt is called “Future Champion.” It was created by McDougall Cohoe, an artist who spent almost 80 years of her life in the Foothills of Alberta until her passing in May 2014.
The bronze sits in front of the Town reception desk at the RancheHouse for now. It will be relocated to its permanent location in Cochrane’s new transit hub when it opens.
McDougall Cohoe was a top-selling bronze artist with many prestigious commissions including nearly 20 years of championship trophy bronzes for the Calgary Stampede for All-Around Cowboy, Tie Down Roping, Bareback, Novice Saddle Bronc, Boys Steer Riding, the Guy Weadick Award and the Chuckwagon Safety Award. Her bronzes can be found worldwide, notably in the collections of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, the Crown Prince of Jordan, Randy Travis, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Robert Funk of Express Ranches.
Gina was also the 1962 and 1963 Canadian Ladies Barrel Racing Champion. In 1994, the Westerner Expo in Red Deer honoured her for her outstanding contribution to the world of rodeo. Gina was awarded the 1999 Western Artist of the Year at Canada’s Cowboy Festival in Calgary.
Gina is inducted into three Halls of Fame: Cowgirl Cattle Company (2006}, Calgary Stampede Western Art Show (2007) and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame (2013).
The Town of Cochrane is proud to display this beautiful part of Alberta history and appreciates Gina’s family for the generous contribution to our community.