While you were lazing your way through the grey weather of the May long weekend, cowgirls and cowboys were in Keremeos at the Elk Rodeo or at the 100 Mile House Rodeo working their horses and bulls to make the grade.
The choice for most Quesnel riders was 100 Mile House.
Gold Pan resident Steve Lloyd took second in tie-down roping, with Brad Thomas of Williams Lake coming in just on top of him and Ty Lytton of 100 Mile House coming under him in third.
In steer wrestling, Logan Wharry of Langley took first, followed by Riley and Joel Isnardy of Cache Creek in second and third respectively.
Quesnel rider Richard Glassford was first in breakaway roping. Houston’s Kyle Bell took second and Troy Gerard of Savona and Katrina Ilnicki of Williams Lake were all tied up in third/fourth.
Colleen Duggan of Cache Creek was the fastest lady in ladies barrel racing. Prince George’s Judy Hyde took second, followed by Melanie Beeton, also of Prince George.
Williams Lake’s Callie Hume circled the barrels fastest for the juniors. McKenzie and Brett Wills, both of Quesnel, took second and third respectively.
In junior steer riding, Kyle Bell of Houston took first, followed by Wendell William of Williams Lake and Rikki LaViolette of 150 Mile House in second and third.
In team roping, Neal Antoine and Mark Pozzobon of Cache Creek and Savona, took first, followed by the Kamloops/Quesnel team of Tim Tenepocki and Jeff Wills. Tenepocki also took third with 100 Mile House roper Ty Lytton.
Quesnel riders took the two top spots on the podium in bull riding – with Lane Cork taking first on Mr. Mr. and Matt O’Flynn taking second on Formula 51.
150 Mile House rider Colton Manuel came in third.
In pee wee barrel racing, Elly Farmer of Savona took first, followed by Williams Lake’s Brianna Billy and Tatla Lake’s Sydney Schuk in second and third respectively.
Quesnel’s Taylor Cherry took the top spot in junior breakaway roping. Troy Gerard of Savona took second, followed by Quesnel’s Cole Spiers in third.
Lane Cork was the lone Quesnel rider to make an impact at the rodeo in Keremeos, taking first in bull riding by holding on to P21.
In tie-down roping Dean Edge of Rimbey Alberta had the edge over Al Bouchard of Scandia, Alberta, the former taking first and the latter taking second.
Kaila Mussell dominated the saddle bronc podium, taking first and second – first on the back of Hawkeye and second courtesy of Rocky.
In steer wrestling, Cohord Mason, riding out of Kamloops, took first, followed by Wade McNolty of 150 Mile House in second. Langley’s Logan Wharry took third.
Williams Lake’s Katrina Illnicki grabbed first in breakaway roping. Candace Chevalier of Peachland roped her way to second, followed by Troy Gerard of Savona.
Judy Hyde of P.G. was the fastest in ladies barrel racing, with Joleen Seitz, of Savona and Suzanne De Paoli, from Longview, close on her heels in second and third respectively.
In junior barrel racing, Sofya Smith of Cache Creek was the fastest on the weekend. Nevada Dynneson of Merritt took second, followed by Danika Caverly from Penticton in third.
On the steers, Kyle Bell of Houston did best, taking first in junior steer riding. Wendel William of Williams Lake managed second over the weekend, with hometown rider Chance Wabnegger taking third.
The rodeo will ride through Clinton this weekend.