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Through the Back on Track British Columbia Little Britches Rodeo Report we are looking forward to bringing you updates from competition throughout the summer of 2017. After each Little Britches rodeo, a contestant will submit a piece of writing from the competition.
By working with youth in rodeo, Back on Track and Everything Cowboy wish to inspire the next generation to continue experiencing the western lifestyle.
Taylor is back this month with another edition of the report!
Hi, it’s Taylor with another B.C. Little Britches Rodeo report and this time I am going to talk about Merritt! One of my favourite things about this rodeo is that they have the BEST FRIES EVER. Once again we had great weather and lots of fun.
We want to thank all our sponsors for their support and Back On Track for donating a blanket and splint boots. For these products they did a competitors draw for both juniors and seniors. For the juniors a boy named Ryan won the splint boot and for the seniors a boy named Conway won the blanket. So todays pictures are of the two lucky guys.
On Saturday for Junior girls barrels a friend of mine name Kelsey got first place with a time of 18.133 and on Sunday another one of my friends named Taylor won barrels with a time of 17.579… super fast!
On Sunday, I won my third buckle and I got it for high point for the weekend in pole bending, riding Rookie Joe, with the times of 22.671 on Saturday and 22.676 on Sunday. My buddy Kale won first place on both days in the stake race. Good for him, he is having a great rodeo season.
In the junior girls dummy roping on Saturday and Sunday a very good friend of mine named Tess placed first. She is an amazing roper for her age of eight. Tess also won junior girls all around and Kale won junior boys all around.
After the rodeo was done I asked a friend of mine who is a senior girl named Rayelle why she steer rides. Her answer to me was that she enjoys the thrill and adrenaline rush and she says it is very exciting when she gets a score. I just think she is crazy and cool all in one. Rayelle also got the high point buckle for poles and she won runner up for the senior girls for the weekend.
One exciting thing for me was when one of my friends Macey came to me and asked if I wanted to go to her trailer and flank some goats. This was a first for me. I have practiced tying the rope around my foot with my cousin but actually flanking it and tying it was harder than I expected it to be because the seniors make it look so easy. After that a group of us went to the park to hang out. On Sunday Macey asked a group of us to go swim in the river. The river was so cold but because it was so hot out it didn’t matter.
This was the weekend when a few of the forest fires happened and sadly a few of my friends in the rodeo family were affected by these fires. These fires have affected so many people in British Columbia. My dad was able to donate a bunch of hay and we also took in a bunch of horses. It felt really good to help out.
That concludes my report for Merritt. Please check back for the next rodeo report.