Like many other riding event cowboys, Ivan's rodeo career started by competing in the Boy's Steer Riding at local rodeos topping it off with three consecutive wind at the Calgary Stampede - 1959 to 1961.
then moved on to Novice Saddle Bronc Riding winning the Canadian Championship in 1965 and 66 and as the World Intercollegiate Bronc Riding in 1966.
From 1968 to 1980 Ivan's name appeared in the World Standings five times in the top fifteen Bronc Riders and in 1976 won the average at the National Finals Rodeo.
first trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo was in the bareback riding with several to follow in the Saddle bronc event.
A past winner of the C.N. Woodward Cowboy of the Year Award in 1979, he
also won the Guy Weadick Memorial Award at the Calgary Stampede.
He was the Canadian Team Penning Champion in 2000 and is an accomplished country music singer.
wife, Kay, own a very successful western store in Innisfail , AB.