Author Becky Wigemyr
Becky Wigemyr’s first book, Cowboy Cody, is a story written especially for the countless children who dream of riding, roping and rodeo. Becky knows what she’s writing about because she, too, was raised a rodeo kid. For Becky and her siblings, rodeo was just a part of everyday life. Her parents, Barry and Gloria Black, raised their children in a sport that is rich in tradition and history, family values and hard work. Rodeo is rooted in respect and value for the animals who are partners with the cowboys and cowgirls who love them.
Dusty, the part-appaloosa pony who carried Becky in her first rodeo in 1976, was the first in a long line of amazing horses Becky has had the privilege of partnering with during her life. Her first coach was her father, Barry, who is a skilled horse trainer and has competed in roping events.
In 1993, Becky married two-time Canadian Professional Rodeo Team Roping Champion Dwight Wigemyr, who is a respected clinician, horse trainer, and one of Canada’s most talented and decorated team ropers.
Like their parents, Becky and Dwight’s sons Denton and Devin grew up on the rodeo trail, travelling across Canada and the U.S. The young Wigemyr boys rode horses, sheep, and wild ponies and roped the dummy endlessly with their friends. Today, the boys continue the family tradition in rodeo winning titles in various amateur rodeo associations. Devin qualified for his first Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2016 and qualified once again this past November.
Literacy was always a priority in the Wigemyr home and reading with the boys was part of the daily routine. However, Becky found it challenging to find children’s books that authentically reflected the rodeo lifestyle through words and pictures. That was enough to plant the seed for Becky to combine her lifelong love writing with the need to bring a neglected genre in children’s literature to the market. So that’s how Cowboy Cody was born.
Cowboy Cody epitomizes the cowboy spirit, with themes of hard work and old-fashioned ‘cowboy-grit’. It’s a story that will spur young readers to saddle up, rope their dreams and always enjoy that victory lap.