A header and heeler working together to rope a steer at Alex Fraser Park on Saturday (Mar.30). Ronan O’Doherty photos

Great turn-out for Quesnel Team Roping Club Final

Over $7,000 in cash prizes were awarded at the one-day roping

Two hundred and thirty five roping teams competed for the chance at some top notch prizes at Alex Fraser Park on Saturday (Mar. 30).

The 2019 Quesnel Quesnel Team Roping Club Finals saw contestants win over $7,000 in prize money as well as rifles, saddles, knives, blankets and a sharp looking belt buckle.

Club president, Gary Nicholson, says the most impressive performance of the day was that of Breanna Billy from Williams Lake.

“She cleaned house,” he says, “She won second and fourth in the number eight, she won the number three and down buckle and she won the ladies high point bit for the day.”

What is most impressive, Nicholson adds, is the young rider has only taken up team roping this winter.

“We’re real proud of her.”

Headers and heelers, brought their horses and lassoes from as far away as Vanderhoof and Vernon to vie for an opportunity to showcase their roping skills.

The teams of two lined up on their horses next to a cattle chute waiting for a steer to be let loose.

Headers aimed to rope the head of the animal, while heelers tried to lassoe the back hooves.

The contests are split into teams of eights and elevens.

An eights team is made up of a header and a heeler with a combined rating of eight. So, say a header who is ranked as a three and a heeler, who is ranked as a five.

The elevens would be more experienced ropers, with combinations of fours and sevens or fives and sixes making up teams.

Harley Antoine and Dustin Shields won the rifles for top number 11 header and heeler respectively. Although Shields did not finish at the top of the pack for heelers, he was the next in line for prize eligibility.

In the number eight category, Jeremy Farmer and Kyle Solomson took home a pair of gorgeous saddles to commemorate their victories.

“He had never won anything before,” Nicholson says of Vanderhoof’s Solomson, “He’s been roping on and off for a couple years and this is his first win.

“And that’s what our mission was set out to do.

“To get people to come back and get young ropers involved and it definitely worked.”

Although the winter season is now in the books there will still be team roping to follow for fans of the sport.

The Quesnel rodeo will host a roping and John Hancock is planning on holding three or four events over the course of the summer too.

READ MORE: Quesnel roping draws big numbers


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Kyle Solomson (heeler) and Jeremy Farmer (Header) took home these beautiful saddles on Saturday for the performance at the Quesnel Team Roping Club Finals

Just Posted

Quesnel RCMP welcomes new officer

Reserve Constable Cam Percy will begin working part-time in the fall

Molly’s Comedy Cabaret kicks off busy long weekend at Sunset Theatre in Wells

Theatre also showing The Fred Wells Show and premiere of One Man Avengers

Eco-Sprouts launches with fish release

A half dozen kids released Chinook Salmon into the Fraser River on June 19

High-speed Internet access coming to Bouchie Lake, Ten Mile Lake and rural Quesnel

ABC Communications Ltd. receiving $298,406 from the Province to help fund upgrades in 12 communities

Column: this and that for seniors

Columnist Ginnie Dunn Webb writes about the Wordspinners’ latest project

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Vancouver Aquarium drops cetacean ban lawsuit in new lease agreement

Ocean Wise CEO Lasse Gustavsson called the updated lease an exciting new chapter for the aquarium

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from B.C. furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

Rising gas prices force B.C. residents to rethink summer road trips: poll

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

Most Read