QRC president Ray Jasper is calling on the provincial government to fast-track approval of their rodeo plans. (Quesnel Observer File Photo)

QRC president Ray Jasper is calling on the provincial government to fast-track approval of their rodeo plans. (Quesnel Observer File Photo)

LETTER: Provincial Officials should allow rodeo events

Ray Jasper, Quesnel Rodeo President says rodeo can be conducted safely

Good Day Dr. Bonnie Henry,

I am writing to you to ask if we can begin a conversation regarding the return of rodeo to B.C. in some form or other.

A group of rodeo folks from around B.C. had a round table zoom meeting with our MLAs a week ago expressing our concerns that the sport of rodeo in B.C. is in great peril. We feel that we may be witnessing the demise of a way of life that is very important to the ranching, First Nations and rural communities in our province.

Rodeo and the western way of life is a big part of rural B.C. Not only is a traditional rodeo a sport it becomes a place where families and communities gather to visit with folks they would not see otherwise. The economic impact of rodeo is vital to the First Nations and rural communities of our Province.

As a lot of us realize that the gathering of the community is probably not an option at present, we feel it is imperative that the cowboys and cowgirls from the high school level through to the pro level of the sport be able to maintain their abilities and maintain their equine partners as well. So as when gathering is permitted there is still a sport of rodeo in existence.

Rodeo is an outdoor sport where the participants are naturally socially distanced. We have developed a plan to host non-spectator, competitor-driven events. Limited in size on a 30-acre fair grounds.

We did some of these events last fall, our COVID plans were approved by our local health authority and found that we had no problems in regards to compliance of the rules or transmission of the virus. I realize you have many issues in your plate but we implore you or someone from your team to begin discussions on how we can move forward.

Thank you,

Ray Jasper, Quesnel Rodeo President

LETTER: Seniors’ Centre president calls for vaccine clinic

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email a letter to the editor to: editor@quesnelobserver.com



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Letter to the EditorRodeo

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

CNC’s Applied Research and Innovation had partnered with the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cariboo Agricultural Research Alliance and Mackin Creek Farm after receiving funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to research a number of solutions potentially extending northern growing seasons. (Photo submitted)
Ways to extend growing season in B.C.’s north explored by College of New Caledonia in Quesnel

Low-cost supplemental LED lighting appears to benefit plant growth

Ecosystem restoration burn planned northwest of Quesnel near Neewa Creek

Burning will take place between April 19 and 30, 2021

Robert Merz recently shared some history behind Merz Road on Facebook. Originally built as a portion of the old Nazko Road, he said Merz Road was named to honour his grandfather and long-time Bouchie Lake resident Walt Merz. (Robert Merz Facebook photo)
Bouchie Lake residents record history with Rural Road Name Challenge

Residents explore and share origins of road names

The City of Quesnel issued an evacuation order for the property 1927 Dragon Hill Road, where the business Marshall Veterinary Hospital is located, due to the risk of landslide Thursday, April 15. (Marshall Veterinary Clinic Facebook photo)
Marshall Veterinary Hospital staff left scrambling after receiving evacuation order

Quesnel business ordered to evacuate due to landslide risk

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)
VIDEO: Vancouver officer convicted of uttering threats under watchdog review again

Const. Deepak Sood was recorded Sunday saying ‘I’ll smack you’ and ‘go back to selling drugs’ to a harm reduction advocate

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

Premier John Horgan receives a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Premier John Horgan gets AstraZeneca shot, encourages others

27% of residents in B.C. have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha marina is getting its patio ready in hopes Mother Nature will provide where provincial restrictions have taken away indoor dining. (Facebook)
‘A lot of instability’: B.C. restaurants in layoff limbo

As COVID-19 cases stay high, restaurants in British Columbia are closed to indoor dining

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

Since April 4, 38 flights with COVID-19 cases have departed from Vancouver International Airport, while 23 arrived. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Vancouver the largest source of domestic flights with COVID-19 cases: data

This month alone, 38 flights with COVID-19 cases have departed from Vancouver International Airport, while 23 arrived

John Furlong, Own The Podium board chairman and former CEO of the Vancouver Olympics, addresses a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday November 25, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
John Furlong presents 2030 Winter Games vision to Vancouver Board of Trade

Vancouver and Whistler would remain among host sites because of 2010 sport venues still operational

Photo by Metro Creative Connection
New campgrounds coming to B.C. parks as part of $83M provincial boost

This season alone, 185 campsites are being added to provincial parks, says Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Most Read