Rough stock rodeo promises thrills and spills

Dust off yer old cowboy boots and hat and get ready for the 16th Annual South Cariboo Rodeo Association (SCRA) Rough Stock Rodeo.

It comes to the Outriders rodeo grounds May 22, near the tail end of Western Week and promises to pack a punch, with a bull riding event, bareback, saddle bronc, team roping and barrel racing in open, junior and peewee categories.

C Plus Rodeos, from 150 Mile House, is supplying the stock.

SCRA president Art Young says the association is counting on getting the company’s top bulls for their event.

Along with the top bulls will come some of the top riders, in the province, Young adds.

This is a British Columbia Professional Bull Riders Association-sanctioned event and contestants will be riding for circuit points and an added purse of $750 in the bull-riding event.

Professional rodeo and bull riding announcer, Keith Dinwoodie from Kelowna, will be offering a running commentary on action in the ring. He’s been the SCRA Rough Stock Rodeo announcer for the past five years and follows the B.C. circuit, says Young.

“He knows the riders and the bulls well. A rodeo is a rodeo, but an announcer makes the rodeo.

Young notes he’s expecting the grand stands to fill with 600 to 800 spectators, as they normally do for this popular rodeo. Along with the rodeo, the Ranch and Country Show will be ongoing throughout the weekend and will offer people something to do during breaks.

Gates open at 9 a.m. on rodeo morning, but the show gets underway at 1 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth aged 16 years and under, and children six and under are free of charge.

The rodeo is expected to last about four hours.