Williams Lake Stampede director Willie Crosina (right) and volunteer Al Wilson (left) present the Woodjam Ranch team of Racquel Russel (second from left)

Williams Lake Stampede director Willie Crosina (right) and volunteer Al Wilson (left) present the Woodjam Ranch team of Racquel Russel (second from left)

Woodjam Ranch takes Ranch Challenge

The smiles on the ladies’ faces tell the story during the Williams Lake Stampede Ranch Challenge.

The smiles on the ladies’ faces tell the story; after two days of fierce competition, frequently out in the pouring rain and slogging through a muddy arena, the ranch-team with the most girl-power — the only team with two women — came out on top of the heap.

The Woodjam Ranch team of Racquel Russell (left), Ricki Seelhof and husband, Chad Seelhof roped, branded, penned, sorted and raced their way to victory in the 2014 Williams Lake Stampede Ranch Challenge.

By placing third in both the cattle penning and the relay race and capturing a first-place finish in the ranch branding portion of the event, they accumulated 600 points overall, edging the second place team from Riske Creek Ranch (Cuyler Huffman, James Stafford and Travis Redl — 560 points) by a slim 40-point margin. The beautiful buckles sponsored by Prairie Coast Equipment (Kamloops, B.C.) were presented by Al Wilson left (volunteer) and Willie Crosina (Stampede director).

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