Many highlights at Interlakes Rodeo

Hard work pays off, 24th Annual Interlakes Rodeo a success

100 Mile House bull rider Ryan St. Pierre

100 Mile House bull rider Ryan St. Pierre

The 24th Annual Interlakes Rodeo saw a good turnout of spectators and contestants on Aug. 2-3.

Pay Lytton, one of the event organizers, says there were many highlights, including the good weather, the good rides, a funny clown and calf scramble for the youngsters, and a performance by the Hearts and Hoofbeats drill team.

She adds a lot of effort goes into putting the event together, but it’s fun too.

“People don’t see all the work behind the scenes and the preparation. We have great volunteers out here at Interlakes. If we didn’t have all these people volunteering, we wouldn’t be able to do it.”

Lytton thanks the spectators, contestants, volunteers and sponsors.

As far as local competitors go, Ty Lytton of 108 Mile Ranch finished third in a team roping event with Tim Terepocki of Monte Creek. The pair finished with a time of 6.6 seconds and won $295.65 each at the British Columbia Rodeo Association event.

All around winners were also awarded.

The junior high point winner was Taylor Cherry of Quesnel who won a buckle and a saddle. Cole Scott of Kamloops won all-around cowboy. Candace Chevallier of Peachland won all-around cowgirl. Ginelle Talarico, of Cache Creek, had fastest time in the ladies barrel racing.

Unfortunately, Hearts and Hoofbeats drill team member Alana Chamberlain took a fall during the grand entry and popped her knee out. She was taken to 100 Mile District General Hospital, but team coach Jenny Bakken says Chamberlain was back at the rodeo grounds later that afternoon.

“Alana was eager to get back on her horse, but she was on crutches so we didn’t allow that.”