SPORTS – Plenty of thrills and spills at Spring Rodeo

Miss Rodeo Canada Samantha Stokes of High Prairie, second from left, was a special guest during the rodeo with Miss High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Jessica Lavoie, third from right. Left-right are fans Kalliope Wong, 5, Stokes, Hannah Turcotte, 10, Lavoie, Gillian Blackhurst, 7, and Sidney Turcotte, 7.
Miss Rodeo Canada Samantha Stokes of High Prairie, second from left, was a special guest during the rodeo with Miss High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Jessica Lavoie, third from right. Left-right are fans Kalliope Wong, 5, Stokes, Hannah Turcotte, 10, Lavoie, Gillian Blackhurst, 7, and Sidney Turcotte, 7.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Cowboys and cowgirls were riding high at the sixth annual High Prairie Agricultural Society Amateur Spring Rodeo held April 30 and May 1.

“Attendance was similar to last year with about 350 people Saturday and 300 Sunday,” says Megan Caouette, society general manager.

Crowds watched the action at the High Prairie Agriplex as competitors battled in saddle bronc, bare back, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping and ladies’ barrel racing. The event was sanctioned by the Wildrose Rodeo Association.

Juniors, riders competed in novice horse riding, junior bull riding, junior barrel racing, peewee barrels, junior steer riding, and junior breakaway roping.

“We raised about $6,000 for the operation of the Apriplex,” says Caouette.

“We also have plans in changing the arena dirt over the summer.”

Chicken Bingo was back by popular demand as a popular fundraiser, with $100 for each winner. Sheldon Bankhead won the prize Saturday, Brandy Cowan Sunday.

Amanda Backs won a half a beef in the beef raffle while Chris Baptist claimed second prize of half a pork.

Several local residents competed. Blake Holleis finished first in a three-way tie in junior steer wrestling.

First place in bull riding was won by Linden Rohloff, of Debolt. He is the grandson of Bob and Dawn Rohloff of High Prairie. Chris Williscroft of High Prairie and Lane Davis of Kinuso also rode a bull. Mackenzie Calhoon and Kody Calhoon of High Prairie competed in team roping.

In local barrels Madison Conrad was first, Owen Cardinal second, Brenna McBeth third.

In local mini broncs the first day Tanner Miller was first, Caden Callioux second; the second day Hudson Williams placed first.

 

Trick riding by Mackenzie Calhoon, left, of High Prairie, and Keely Wamstreeker, of Grande Prairie, wowed the crowd with their unbelievable manoeuvres with the horses.
Trick riding by Mackenzie Calhoon, left, of High Prairie, and Keely Wamstreeker, of Grande Prairie, wowed the crowd with their unbelievable manoeuvres with the horses.
Madison Conrad of High Prairie rounds the turn in local barrel racing at the rodeo Saturday night. She finished first in the event. Local barrels is held to give area residents a chance to compete.
Madison Conrad of High Prairie rounds the turn in local barrel racing at the rodeo Saturday night. She finished first in the event. Local barrels is held to give area residents a chance to compete.

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