It was a night of celebration at the B.C. Rodeo Association’s Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet Oct. 27 as a sold-out crowd packed the Gibraltar Room in Williams Lake.
BCRA president Trish Kohorst said the evening was huge hit.
She added the awards are an opportunity for the BCRA to recognize the many outstanding achievements of its rodeo competitors throughout the season.
Williams Lake and area athletes didn’t leave empty handed, either, as a strong local contingent were acknowledged for their rodeo seasons.
The following are local winners from the awards banquet:
Chilcotin Series Rodeo Tour Winners
• Garrett Madley, Alexis Creek — saddle bronc
• Ryan Jasper, Riske Creek — bull riding
• Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House — steer wrestling
• Norma Macdonald, Williams Lake — ladies goat tying
• Wendel William, Williams Lake — junior steer riding
• Jennifer Schuk, Tatla Lake — junior pole bending
• Brianna Billy, Williams Lake — peewee barrel racing
• Sydney Schuk, Tatla Lake — peewee pole bending
2012 Finals Buckle Champions
• Wacey Marr, Gang Ranch — finals saddle bronc champion
• Katrina Ilnicki, Riske Creek — finals breakaway roping champion
2012 Season Leader Saddle Awards
• Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House — steer wrestling season leader
• Katrina Ilnicki, Williams Lake — breakaway roping season leader
Horse of the Year Awards
• Jake and owner Rob Everett — 2012 BCRA steer wrestling horse of the year
• Joey and owners the Ilnicki girls — 2012 breakaway roping horse of the year
• Caddy and owners Rob and Allison Everett — 2012 BCRA peewee barrel horse of the year
Rough Stock of the Year
• P66 Wolverine and owners C+ Rodeos — 2012 bull of the year
• CY 47 Ginger and owners C+ Rodeos — 2012 bareback horse of the year
• W27 Hollywood — 2012 saddle bronc of the year
Rookie Rough Horse Rider Award
• Tyrone Hunlin, Williams Lake
BCRA Lifetime Achievement Award
• Don MacDonald — a BCRA member who has committed a life to the sport of rodeo.