Williams Lake high school rodeo competitor Mathew Armes explodes out of the bucking chute last weekend at the Kamloops High School Rodeo. Coming up this weekend

Williams Lake high school rodeo competitor Mathew Armes explodes out of the bucking chute last weekend at the Kamloops High School Rodeo. Coming up this weekend

High school rodeo rides this weekend

The big boys and girls had their turn at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo.

The big boys and girls had their turn at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo.

Now, it’s time for the up-and-coming young guns to show what they can do when the 43rd annual Williams Lake High School Rodeo rides into town this weekend, May 3-5, at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds.

It all gets underway Friday at 1 p.m. with the cutting event, followed at 4 p.m. by the Junior High School Rodeo.

Junior rodeo athletes will compete in events including dummy roping, shoot dogging, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, calf tying, goat tying and more.

Saturday the action bucks into gear again at 8 a.m. with the second Junior High School Rodeo event.

Following the rodeo the High School Rodeo Queen contestants take the spotlight. They will be judged on horsemanship, public speaking, modelling, poise and personality.

Queen contestants compete at several high school rodeos in their region throughout the year, then at finals in June.

After the rodeo and queen events wrap up the Wrangler division’s High School Rodeo competitors step into the arena, followed by the final rodeo performance at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

The events for the high school division include ribbon roping, bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping, bronc riding, bareback riding, pole bending, barrel racing, goat tying and more.

Sunday’s high school rodeo will run throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

Admission is free and everyone is invited to come out to cheer on our local youth rodeo athletes. The infield concession will also be open during the event.

High school rodeo athletes from B.C. compete in regional rodeo events throughout the school year. In June the top 12 athletes in each event face off at the B.C. High School Rodeo Association Finals to earn prizes and scholarships.