Williams Lake’s Shaylene Tucker rounds her first barrel during a 16.644-second ride Sunday during the Stampede Warmup Barrel Racing at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds.

Williams Lake’s Shaylene Tucker rounds her first barrel during a 16.644-second ride Sunday during the Stampede Warmup Barrel Racing at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds.

More than 250 compete at Stampede Warmup barrel racing

Following two days of racing last weekend, organizers said the B.C. Barrel Racing Association Stampede Warmup was the most successful yet.

Following two days of racing last weekend, organizers said the B.C. Barrel Racing Association Stampede Warmup was the most successful event hosted yet.

“We had more than 250 competitors each day, which was our biggest turnout in the three years hosting this race,” said organizer Lori Rankin. “[We] paid out over $22,000 in cash and prizes.”

The open winner for both Saturday and Sunday was Sara Christmas of Gibsons, B.C., winning more than $1,400 and running the fastest time of the weekend in 16.140 seconds.

The junior champion was Perri-Lynn Leneve of Quesnel, while the senior event winner was Marisa Peter of Cache Creek.

In the peewee division Riley Beir of Vanderhoof raced to the top spot.

Coming up next is the B.C. Barrel Racing Finals scheduled for Sept. 4-6.