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High School Senior Rodeo Finals showcase talent in Quesnel

Those who placed near the top of their events qualified for further competitions in Summer

The BC High School Rodeo Senior Finals were hosted in Quesnel's Alex Fraser Park from June 7th to June 9th.

Competitors built up to finals throughout the year, starting the rodeo season in September. The high school-aged competitors rode bulls, raced horses through obstacles and tied goats among other events.

Michelle Antoine's daughter Emma, from Cache Creek, made provincials in six events: reined cow horse, cutting, barrel racing, hole bending, team roping and breakaway roping. Michelle said Emma made Nationals in two of her events: reined cowhorse and girls cutting.

"It's awesome. We're so proud," Michelle said. "You have to be in the top 24 of B.C. order to be able to come here and then the kids' goal is to try and get to be the top four and they can go to Nationals which is in Rock Springs, Wyoming."

Those who do qualify for the Nationals, held July 14th to 20th, in Wyoming will compete against people from across North America, Australia and New Zealand. They can also qualify for Canadian Finals where the top six from each province in each event are invited to compete. This year Canadian finals will be held at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba from July 31st to August 3rd.

Those from Quesnel who qualified for Nationals include: 

  • Jordyn Farmer for pole bending, barrel racing and breakaway roping
  • Kenzie Lloyd for barrel racing
  • Jacob Bowden for tie down roping and team roping
  • Chase Kohorst for team roping
  • Taylor Fitchett for Pole Bending and reined cowhorse

More to come


About the Author: Austin Kelly

Born and raised in Surrey, I'm excited to have the opportunity to start my journalism career in Quesnel.
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