It was a busy weekend for the two, lone Williams Lake competitors at the BC High School Provincial Rodeo Finals in Quesnel June 11-13.
On top of attending their high school graduation ceremonies in Williams Lake during the weekend, both 150 Mile House’s Brock Everett, Williams Lake’s Reese Rivet and Jaxen Carson also competed in the tie-down roping, barrel racing and cutting events, respectively, at Quesnel’s Alex Fraser Park.
For Carson, the rodeo was a complete success, as he claimed the cutting championship and qualified for the upcoming Canadian High School Rodeo Finals Aug. 5-8 in Swift Current, Sask. and the national high school rodeo finals July 18 in Lincoln, New England. While Carson said he won’t be attending nationals, he’s looking forward to competing in his first ever Canadian finals.
And while neither Everett or Rivet were overly happy with their results at provincials, both said it was difficult to prepare due to the pandemic and no previous opportunities to compete at high school rodeo events over the past year.
Rivet competed Friday and finished 14th overall in barrel racing.
“Yes it was (tough),” she said. “I didn’t have a lot of time to practice because they announced it being a go so late.”
Everett rode in the tie-down roping event Saturday and managed to rope his calf, however, was unable crack the top 10.
He said despite that, he made the most of the chance to once again compete at a rodeo.
“Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, me and a lot of my friends were so jacked that we finally got to rodeo and although it didn’t really feel the same with all the COVID measures it still felt like a rodeo,” Everett said. “That’s what we all love.”