Memorial barrel race attracts 150 riders

The annual Hank Vogel Memorial Barrel Race took to the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds July 9-10 under mostly sunny skies.

The annual Hank Vogel Memorial Barrel Race took to the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds July 9-10 under mostly sunny skies.

In attendance were 150 competitors each day running for day money and prizes to become the two-day average champion.

The open and senior divisions were won by Monica Oram, while junior champion was Rikki Laviolette. Peewee champion went to Amy Hume.

Also featured was a Futurity and Derby incentive side pot for the younger horses at the event. The Futurity winner both days was “Love Dat Cash,” owned by Bob Henson and ridden by Danaya Rankin.

The Derby was won by Nicole Mero’s “Dinero” on Saturday and Cathy Beuckert’s “Pistol” on Sunday.

The committee adds it would like to thank the B.C. Barrel Racers Association, Grasslands Equipment, Lake City Central Equipment, Marshall’s 150 Mile Store, 150 Mile Husky and 150 M & S Tire Shop for their contribution to the event.

Volunteers also worked tirelessly picking up barrels, operating the gate, working in the office and helping clean up following the event. Run Hume ran the tractor and kept the ground safe, Monty Rankin was the weekend announcer and committee members Heather Auger, Simmone Fowler, Karen Yaworski and Lori Rankin helped make the event a success.

The committee’s goal is to produce a barrel racing event in Williams Lake each year which will include a Canadian Barrel Horse Incentive Futurity and Derby of a larger scale.