More than 200 competitors put their talent on the line in an effort to take home cash prizes at the 26th Annual Interlakes BCRA Rodeo on July 30-31.
Some competitors did very well and went home with a little more jingle in their jeans than they had when they arrived at the two-day event sponsored by the Interlakes Community Centre.
Others will pack up their gear and horses, head for another rodeo next weekend and hope for a little help from Lady Luck.
Rodeo chairman Carney Myers says the weather was great and the attendance was up over last year.
“We ran out of hotdogs and hamburgers on Sunday, so it must have been up. We had really good attendance both days.
“The weather was good; the crowd was great; and people seemed to enjoy it. There were no problems, hardly anybody got hurt.”
George Archie, a tough-as-nails bull rider from 100 Mile House, had a few bumps and bruises after he and Mach Three were the last ones out of the chute on Sunday.
The big bull almost shrugged Archie on the first jump out of the chute, but the cowboy fought his way back up onto Mach Three’s shoulders. A couple of mighty jumps later, however, Archie was spun hard to the ground and the bull’s rear legs straddled the downed cowboy’s body.
Archie grimaced in obvious pain and had trouble getting up. Fortunately, the bull fighters darted in to get Mach Three’s attention; it worked as the bull found a new target and ring attendants pulled Archie up and away to safety.
Noting nobody says anything about injuries, Myers adds the first aid attendants told her he would be OK.
Stock contractor, D&B Rodeo Stock, brought in some great bucking stock that made the cowboys work for their money.
The bulls were big, feisty bulls and looking to head butt the riders when they tossed all but one of them to the ground during the weekend.
The steers were big, fast and elusive in both Tie Down Roping (one cowboy going to the pay window) and the steers threw a shutout in Steer Wrestling.
The ropers were also up against some athletic steers that dodged and darted.
Alexis Glassford of Quesnel had a great weekend as she won the Gordon Brown Memorial Junior High Point Buckle for winning the most money of the junior competitors.
Cash Kerner, Johnny on the Rez, 76 points, $378
Christoph Muigg, Snort of Whiskey, 65, $283.50
Christoph Muigg, Little Dude, 65, $189
Tyrone Hunlin, Airtime, 56, $94.50
Lane Goertzen, Charlie Hustle, 79, $413.10
Christoph Muigg, Ace of Spades, 77, $387
Colt Smith, Jimmy Big Time, 69, $283.50
Cliff Schuk, Mercury Rising, 66, $189
Tie Down Roping
Neal Antoine 26.3 seconds, $342
Rika Wieth, 2.9 seconds, $489.60
Allison Everett, 3.0, $374.40
Sarah Newman, 3.0, $259.20
Taylor Schneider, 3.4, $144
Laura James, 4.5, $100.80
Terris Billyboy, 4.8, $72
Ladies Barrel Racing
Jody Gilson, 14.858 seconds, $734.40
Ashley Zappone, 14.903, $561.60
Monica Oram, 14.906, $388.80
Debbie Freemantle, 15.011, $216
Sara Christmas, 15.027, $151.20
Taylor Cherry, 15.052, $108
Jake Taylor/Clayton Freemantle, 5.9 seconds, $497.25 each
Neal Antoine/Riley Isnardy, 5.9, $380.25
Rod May/Freemantle, 6.2, $263.25
Harvey Petal/Carl Hyde, 12.6, $146.25
Aaron Palmer/Jonah Antoine, 13, $102.38
Ryan Hume/Hyde, 14.3, $73.13
Junior Steer Riding
Alexis Glassford, 73 points, $200.43
Jordan Monical, 70, $153.27
Lane Paley, 70, $106.11
Elijah Gordon, 68, $58.95
Flint Gordon, 67, $41.27
Isaac Mack, 67, $29.48
Junior Barrel Racing
Brianna Billy, 15.472 seconds, $169.83
Amy Hume, 15.735, $129.87
Emma Langevin, 15.739, $89.91
Hannah Turner, 15.744, $49.95
Alexis Glassford, 15.820, $34.97
Tatum Long, 15.936, $24.98
Junior Breakaway Roping
Dyson Leneve, 5.7 seconds, $126.99
Pee Wee Barrels
Taylan James, 14.846 seconds, $130.90
Macey Freemantle, 15.491, $100.10
Kira Stowell, 15.861, $69.30
Sidney Renaud, 16.164, $38.30
Hannah Cady, 16.168, $26.95
Erika Ignace, 16.346, $19.25