The BC Rodeo Association ended the 2014 rodeo season with their Championship Finals held at the Alex Fraser Arena in Quesnel.
One-hundred-six top cowboys and cowgirls from around B.C. competed for the 2014 B.C. championship title from Sept. 12-14, hosted by the Quesnel Rodeo Club and the South Quesnel Business Association.
The first go-round in bareback riding was won by Cash Kerner of Kamloops with an 82-point ride and he continued on to win the second and third goes with a 79-point ride, plus another 82-point ride consecutively and was first in the average with 243 points.
He won the championship buckle and $1,500 for his efforts. Steve Hohmann of Quesnel was third in the second go with a 71 and second in the third go with a 72-point ride.
Saddle bronc rider Cole Scott of Kamloops won the overall championship buckle with 225 points.
In the saddle bronc riding Hohmann finished fourth, tied with Ryland DeRose of Kamloops in the second go.
In bull riding Hohmann placed second in the second go with an 80-point ride to win $375.
In the third go Hohmann placed first with an 82-point ride to win $500 and place first in the average for the championship buckle in bull riding with 162 points.
In tie-down roping Steven Lloyd of Quesnel took fourth in the first go, first in the second go, first in the third go and won the championship buckle. Williams Lake’s Jerry Tucker placed fourth in the second go and third in the third go.
Steer Wrestler Luke Simonin of Naramata won his respective championship after a tie developed during the first, second and third goes where a ride-off with Wade McNolty of 150 Mile House tilted in his favour.
Allison Everett of 150 Mile House won the championship finals buckle in breakaway roping with a score of 10.1 seconds and three steers caught.
Riske Creek’s Katrina Ilnicki won the third go and was second in the average, overall. Williams Lake’s Denise Swampy finished third in the third go and fourth overall.
Lane Paley, Denton Spiers and Tyler Cherry, all of Quesnel, faired well in the junior steer riding with Paley winning the championship buckle.
Spiers was a close second, while Cherry finished third.
The ladies barrels average was won by Coleen Duggas from Cache Creek with 150 points, giving her the championship.
In junior barrel racing the average championship buckle was won by Taylor Cherry of Quesnel with 150 points.
In pee wee barrel racing the average championship was won by Zoey Hamming of Vernon with 110 points.
Dyson Leneve of Quesnel took the junior breakaway roping championship with 120 points overall. Williams Lake’s Brianna Billy was a close second with 110 points.
Aaron Palmer of Kamloops and Neal Antoine of Cache Creek teamed up to win the team roping championship with 130 points.
The first go-round of the finals on Friday night was dedicated to breast cancer awareness and was called, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, which was dedicated to local BCRA barrel racer Deana Lloyd of Quesnel.
The donations totalled $1,019 which will be donated to the GR Baker Ambulatory Care Hospital in Quesnel.
The BCRA and the community of Quesnel community thanked everyone for their generous support.
The Saturday performance was dedicated to the Salvation Army of Quesnel.
“Thank you to the people of Quesnel for their support for also helping raise $450 for the Salvation Army Food Bank,” the BCRA said in a release, adding donations were collected in a new Dodge Ram truck, courtesy of one of the rodeo’s major sponsors, Regency Chrysler of Quesnel.
The Sunday performance was dedicated to the RCMP and their families for the work they do in the city. Contestants, fans and families chose to wear red to honour the day.
“The BCRA would like to thank the South Quesnel Business Association and all the Quesnel Rodeo Club and their volunteers for hosting the BCRA Championship Finals again this year,” they said.
“The finals officials Court Smith, Ray Jasper, Gwen Cyr, Nita Cameron, Nita Walker and Barb Swampy and the finals stock contractors C+ Rodeos, Roy Call and D n’ B Rodeo Stock and T & L Timed Event cattle, thank you one and all for all the hard work and excellent stock that was provided at our finals.”
The following are local results from the BCRA Championship Finals:
First Go Winners
2.) Wacey Marr, Williams Lake; 74 points, $333.33w
3.) Cliff Schuk, Tatla Lake; 69 points, $233.33
1.) Charlie Attrill, 150 Mile House; 83 points, $1,250
3.) Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House; 6.6 seconds, $250
1.) Allison Everett, 150 Mile House; 3.8 seconds, $1,250
Junior Barrel Racing
2.) Brooke Call, 150 Mile House; 17.251 seconds, $187.50
1.) Brianna Billy, Williams Lake; 3.7 seconds, $312.50
Second Go Winners
1.) Wacey Marr, Williams Lake; 77 points, $400
2.) Andre Aspell, 150 Mile House; 6.2 seconds, $375
3.) Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House; 7 seconds, $250
2./3.) Allison Everett, 150 Mile House; 3.7 seconds, $312.50
4.) Katrina Ilnicki, Williams Lake; 12.4 seconds, $125
Pee Wee Barrels
3.) Kaitlyn Lulua, Williams Lake; 18.149 seconds, $50
Junior Breakaway Roping
2.) Brianna Billy, Williams Lake; 4.3 seconds, $187.50
3.) Myles King, Williams Lake/Ty Lytton, 108 Mile Ranch; 8 seconds, $250 each
Third Go Winners
2.) Cluff Schuk, Tatla Lake; 68 points, $450
Tie Down Roping
2.) Willee Twan, Alkali Lake; 9.8 seconds, $375
3.) Jerry Tucker, Williams Lake; 10 seconds, $250
4.) Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House; 5.2 seconds, $125
1.) Katrina Ilnicki, Williams Lake; 2 seconds, $500
2.) Allison Everett, 150 Mile House; 2.6 seconds, $375
3.) Denise Swampy, Williams Lake; 2.7 seconds, $250
4.) Keely Durrell, Riske Creek; 3.7 seconds, $125
Pee Wee Barrels
3.) Kaitlyn Lulua, Williams Lake; 17.874 seconds, $50
3.) Jennifer Schuk, Tatla Lake; 4.8 seconds, $125