For Junior High school cowboys and girls the May long weekend was more than just an extra day off; it was their finals rodeo.
Grade six, seven and eight high school kids from both the southern and the northern zones of the province came from B.C. to compete in their finals, while the older, grade nine to twelve, cowboys came to compete as part of their circuit.
In the junior finals the stakes were huge, with the top four going to Gallup, New Mexico for nationals, and the top five attending the Canadians in Virden Manitoba on the August long weekend.
The senior high school riders were riding in their second-to-last rodeo, and were trying to get some final points to squeeze in to the B.C. finals, which requires a rider to be one of the top 12 in their region.
The combination of northern and southern zones and both senior and junior high school kids made the event larger than most high school rodeos, said Brenda Wills, one of the event organizers.
In all, 125 competitors made their way through the paddock at Alex Fraser Park.
That, however, didn’t deter the organizers.
“We had really good weather and everyone pitched in,” Wills said.
Local Results are as follows:
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Lane Cork 1st in Bull Riding
Brooke Wills 1st in Barrel Racing
Savanah Watson 3rd in Barrel Racing
Montana Enns 4th in Barrel Racing and 5th in Pole Bending
McKenzie Wills 6th in Barrel Racing
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Tavis Roch / Levi Cahouse 5th in Team Roping
Montana Enns 6th in Pole Bending
Rachelle Hancock 2nd in Breakaway Roping