Williams Lake’s Kaylee Billyboy competes in pole bending at the first high school rodeo event of the season — the Kamloops and District High School Rodeo. Billyboy took first place on Sunday in the event.

Williams Lake’s Kaylee Billyboy competes in pole bending at the first high school rodeo event of the season — the Kamloops and District High School Rodeo. Billyboy took first place on Sunday in the event.

High school rodeo begins

The BC High School Rodeo Association held its first south zone rodeo last weekend at the brand new KXA grounds in Rayleigh.

The BC High School Rodeo Association held its first south zone rodeo last weekend at the brand new KXA grounds in Rayleigh, just north of Kamloops.

And Williams Lake High School Rodeo club members were right in the thick of it.

Wyatt Armes placed first in both the first and second go of the cutting event with identical back-to-back scores of 64.

Melanie Wintjes, meanwhile, placed seventh on Saturday in barrel racing with a 18.873-second time, and 10th on Saturday in the pole bending event with a 23.491-second run.

Wintjes later finished first place in the rodeo queen event on Sunday.

Kaylee Billyboy was first in pole bending on Sunday with a 21.365-second time, after taking fifth place in pole bending on Saturday in 22.190 seconds.

The next BCHSRA event will be held during the Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 12-13, in Peachland.

The BCHSRA is its own separate entity operating under the National High School Rodeo Association and special provisions were made to ensure students were able to participate in the season, despite the teacher and B.C. government labour dispute.

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