Nemiah Valley Rodeo cancelled; gymkhana to take its place

What would have been the 37th Annual Nemiah Valley Rodeo has been cancelled.

What would have been the 37th Annual Nemiah Valley Rodeo has been cancelled.

“We’re going to keep the mountain race going, but we’re going to change the rodeo to a gymkhana,” said Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William, who is also last year’s mountain race champion and one of the event’s organizers.

“The reason is funding and cost factors. The contestants are getting less and it costs us more money so we wanted to venture out and do something a little different to see what people want to do. We haven’t made a decision to stop the rodeo from coming back [in the future].”

William added shifting to a gymkhana format will allow more local members of his community to participate in the event. The Nemiah Valley Rodeo was scheduled to be held Aug. 2-3.