The Pray for Sun Run was anything but sunny.
The cold weather brought rain and sleet down on spectators and participants during Quesnel’s barrel racing days.
Still, the weather didn’t keep riders away from Alex Fraser Park over the weekend May 3 – 4.
The arena saw 65 riders on Saturday with a total jackpot of $4,230 and Sunday had a jackpot of $4,146 with 63 participants braving the icy weather.
On the Saturday, racer Nicole Hoessl of Redstone barrelled through Alex Fraser Park arena to claim first place in the 1D placings collecting a total of $342. Coming in second was Quesnel’s Heather Stewart riding to win $280 and Jen Pederson travelled in from Hythe, Alta. collecting $207 for third place.
For 1D placings in junior Quesnel racers took the lead.
Mariah Mannering was awarded $186 for first place and Taylor Cherry rode in for second collecting $140.
In pee wee racing Vanderhoof rider Riley Brier won $144 for first in 1D placings and second place went to Quesnel’s Kira Stillwell who earned $121.
In the 1D placings on Sunday, Nicole Hoessl took the first place $335 home to Redstone, with Quesnel Heather Stewart following close behind on her mount Teddy to earn $274 for second place. Jolene Seitz of Savona placing third and collected $203.
Megan Smith of Fort St. John took home $116 for placing first in the junior 1D placings.
Racing in to collect $95 for second place was Callie Hume of Williams Lake and in third was Chase’s Sarah Twerdochlib earning $70.
Racing to place first for pee wee was Vanderhoof’s Riley Beier earning $125; coming in second to take home $105 was Tatum Long from Terrace; and Kira Stowell of Quesnel collected $90 for third.
The next barrel races are from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at Alex Fraser Park.