The LaValley’s were early pioneers in the Bezanson area having arrived from International Falls, USA in 1917.
Dusty, born on May 30, 1981, is the 3rd child of Bernice and Grant LaValley of Bezanson. Dusty has two sisters; Laura and Amanda and one brother, Trevor. They lived on the family farm where they raised horses. The children all attended Bezanson Consolidated School followed by High School at Sexsmith. Most young boys, at one time or another, have dreamt about joining the rodeo and Dusty was no exception. By the age of 10, he decided he wanted to be a bareback bronc rider. At age 14, Dusty crawled on his first bucking horse and knew immediately that this was what he wanted to do for a career.
For the next few years, Dusty worked as a horse logger and rancher while honing his rodeo skills. As an amateur, he was the Calgary Stampede’s novice bareback riding champion in 1999. Following which in 2001, he was the Canadian novice bareback riding champion.
In 2002, Dusty turned professional and his rodeo career provided him with the opportunity to travel across Canada, the USA and Australia. During that time, Dusty captured four Canadian titles; 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. He competed twice in the pinnacle of the sport, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada – 2008 when he finished 9th in the world and again in 2010 when he was ranked 10th in the world.
In 2015, Dusty decided to take on a challenge of a lifetime by going into business for herself. He implemented a business plan and incorporated a Company known as “Trusted Dispatch Inc.” which is an automated shipping platform that connects shippers with drivers traveling empty in the direction that would be the destination for shipments. The Company, although based in Calgary, has the capability to tap into the global market.
Dusty has property located in the Teepee Creek area. Although his business keeps him in Calgary a great deal of time, he loves to return to the peace and tranquility offered by his property on a regular basis. Dusty also mentors young bronc riders and participates in speaking engagements on the subject of rodeos.
Dusty has two children, Austin and Vienna and enjoys hunting and fishing and all outdoor activities with his children.
The Bezanson Community and the County of Grande Prairie erected a sign at the entrance to the Hamlet of Bezanson in recognition of Dusty’s Canadian Championships.
Dusty is a very talented athlete whose skills and accomplishments will be talked about and praised by local residents for years to come.
Written by Wanda Zenner – September 2019
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Trusted Dispatch web-site
Interview with Bernice LaValley
Interview with Dusty LaValley