Fun facts from the past 26 years of rodeo

1991, we held our rodeo in the Trail Riders Arena. The Rodeo was dedicated to the memory of Robert McGinnis a long time Rodeo supporter. Kirsty Laroque won the barrels. Carol Park was second. Clinton Palmantier hung on for a 72 to nab top spot in the saddle bronc. Bernie Rivet won the bull riding and Ray Woods was second. The first year was only a two day event.

1992, we had double the entries of cowboys and cowgirls from our first year. Kirsty Larocque won the barrel racing with a 13.53 and finished third in the breakaway roping with a 5.4 second run. Willy Johnson tied for top spot in bareback with a mark of 75. Norma Sure won the breakaway with a amazing time of 3.4 That year we honored Delmer Jasper. The rodeo was dedicated to his memory to show appreciation for all his efforts over the past years.

1993, Archie Williams and Neal Antoine (Father and Son) of Cache Creek had a arena record of 4.2 in the Team Roping. Had business men's cow riding. Tie down roping went to Owen Thomas 9.5 Allison White tied in the Barrel Racing with Cindy Van Horlick with a time of 14.42

1994, 21 year old Brent Manual turned in a blistering 3.9 second steer wrestling run. Clint Ellis rode C+ Rodeo's Strike Out for 83 points. Rhoda Petal placed second in breakaway and Denise Swampy was in a three way tie for third.

1995, we held a mens barrels race. Cliff Hinsche and Mike Jasper won the Team Roping with 6.1 Owen Thomas was first in Steer Wrestling with a 9.2 Jim Roberts placed third in the tie down roping. In the business mens cow riding we had 2 men and 4 woman entered.

1996, was the first year of the Mutton Bustin, Last bull ride on Sunday was Steve Hohman who marked a 81 on the Bull Fuji was the only ride of the weekend. Our clown was Bert Davis known as the Coppertown Clown, he preformed this weekend with his trick horse Professor. Dallas Rivet was in a three way tie to win the saddle bronc. Steer Wrestling was won by Owen Thomas with a 5.3.

1997, Casey Cawston of Williams Lake celebrated his 25th yr as a bareback rider and placed second Williams Lake Gerald James won Bull Riding with a 83. Three yr old Grayson Winters dressed as a Rodeo Clown handed out prizes to the mutton busting campions. Brad Thomas was second in the Tie down roping. Georgina Mortenson riding for Welch Collision was the top place winner in the businessmen's cow riding.

1998, Bernie Rivet tied for 1st and 2nd in Bull Riding. Raylene Poffenroth won second in ladies barrels and fifth in Breakaway. Kathleen Cooper of WL placed second in Jr Barrels. Ed Gentles won 5th in the saddle bronc. Brad Thomas won both the tie down roping and the steer wrestling. Ben McBee won the businessman's cow riding sponsored by Williams Lake Appraisal Services.

1999, Willie Johnson of Alkali Lake Bareback 76, Jeff Gray (WL) won saddle bronc with a 79. Kyle Larden (WL) 6.1 Steer Wrestling. Breakaway roping Daphnne Petal of Anahim with a 3.1.

2000, Three local men won the Steer Wrestling, John Vanhorlick, Kyle Larden, Rob Everett. Rayell Ilnicki won first in the Jr Barrel. Tie Down roping was won by Brad Thomas.

2001, we held a Bud Girls contest. Tim Rolph received a prize from Barton Insurance and 2 vip passes for name that bull contest: 'The Adjuster.' Brett Frasier won the bull riding on Playboy Will with 78 points. Coleen Duggan from Anahim Lake won ladies barrels. 150 mile Cory Fraser won the Jr. Steer riding with 74.

2002, 2,800 was our total attendance which was only 200 people shy of filling to max capacity.  Mike Rife of WL won the 50/50 for $2,500.  Mickey and Liz Crosina of WL were the draw winners of a Mexico Cruise. Alex Hunlin won the tickets to Merritt Mountain Music Festival.  Tie Down Roping Brad Thomas 11.4.  Jr Breakaway Brittney Shuck of Tatla Lake 5.2.  Team Roping Bronc Twan and Steven Lloyd 6.4. Bull Riding Bernie Rivet 82. Calf Roping Wade Mcnalty 12.8.  Saddle Bronc Jeff Grey 81. Steer Wrestling Kyle Larden. Breakaway Allison Everett 2.9.

2003,  We asked spectators to bring food for the food bank. Five yr old Chevi Woods sang our National Anthems. Earl Call of C+ Plus Rodeos won the bull riding with a 84.  Brett Fraser was 2nd with a score of 76.  Harvey Petal and Ralph Myers were 2nd in the Team Roping with a 5.5.  Jacey Hein won bareback with a 83.  Craig Allison was champion Steer Wrestling with a 5.0.  Allison Everett won Breakaway with a lighting fast time of 2.8.  Erin Durrell was 2nd with a 3.5.  Sandra Mulvahill won Ladies Barrels 13.82.  Nada Zimmerlee won the weekend pass to Merritt Mountain Music Festival.  Roy Slavens and Jim Hallway had signed programs and won Boulet Boots sponsored by Willies Western Wear.  R. Whitecross was the winner of the 50/50 Progressive Draw.

2004, Over 300 entries, with 45 Bullriders.  Lance Marshall won steer Wrestling with 5.2. Breakaway roping Virgil Poffenroth 2.2. Allison Everett was in a 3 way tie in the barrel for 1st.

2005, Andre Aspell won Steer Wrestling 3.8.  Brad Thomas 9.7 Tie Down Roping.

2006,   3,500 spectators. Virgil Poffenroth 9.2 Tie Down Roping. Andre Aspel 9.8 Steer Wrestlting.  Justin Williams Jr steer riding 76.

2007,  345 competiors. Linda Geenson Ladies Barrels 14.103. Resse Pare 1st Steer Wrestling with 15.8.  Denise Swampy Breakaway 3.5.  Jimmy Sulin Jr Steer riding 77.

2009,  Our opening act was The Pink Strings Fiddlers.  302 entires to the rodeo.  David Graham of Anahim Lake won the Bull Riding with a 77.  Jr. Steer riding went to Colton Manuel with a 76.  Steer Wrestling was won by Jim Gerhardi of 150 Mile House, with a 5.5.  Jr. Barrels won by Danaya Rankin with a 14.235.  Willie Twan placed 2nd in the Tie Down with a 12.2.

2010,  Our 20th anniversary celebration.  Gwen Cyr was inducted as a lifetime member of the association for her commitment and dedication to the rodeo for the past 20 yrs.
Tie down roping went to Virgil Poffenroth with a 9.7. Breakaway roping was won by Allison Everett with a 3 second flat run, Rhoda Petal of Alexis Creek was a 3.2 and Bailey Poffenroth was a 3.3. Andre Aspell was 10.4 in the steer wrestling.  Devon Graham of Anahim Lake won the Bull Riding with a 87.  An estimated 4,000 people attended the rodeo over the three days.

2011,  Local singer Charli-Anne Erho performed and we were sold out all three performances.  Evan Fuller had the only Bull Ride of the weekend, to win $3566. for a 74 point ride.
Garrett Madley was second in Saddle Bronc with a 77.  Wade McNolty won the steer wrestling with a 4.5.  Breakaway was Chad Braaten with a 1.8.  Ladies Barrels was won by Coleen Duggan 14.161.  Jr Steers Blaine Manuel won with a 74 point ride.

2012,  Kyle Lozier won Bull Riding with a 85. Wade McNolty was a 4.5 in the Steer Wrestling.  Pee Wee Barrels was won by Sydney Schuck.  Jr. Steer Riding was won by Dustin Spiers.  Saddle Bronc was Garrett Madley with a 77.

2013,  Bull Riding Ryan Jasper 88.  Evan Fuller 72 for second in Bull Riding.  Tie Down roping Virgil Poffenroth 10.7.  Brad Thomas,11.1 in the Tie Down Roping.  Devon Robbin ,75 Jr Steer riding.  Callie Hume, Jr Barrels 14.33.  Brianna Billy, Pee Wee Barrel 15.864.  Archie Williams a long time rodeo competior was inducted in to the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

2014,  Ryan Jasper 86 Bullriding.  Open Breakaway Bailey Fuller 3.1.  Tie Down Roping Williee Twan 11.5.  Jr. Barrel racing was won by Brooke Call with a 14.77.

2015 buckle winners: 2015 was a year of celebrations as the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo entered into their 25th year. Each overall event winner received a special edition 25th anniversary buckle.
25th anniversary event winners: Bare Back Denver DeRose / Saddle Bronc Steve Hohmann / Tie Down Roping Steve Lloyd / Team Roping Header BJ Isnardy, Healer Jonah Antoine / Bull Riding Ty Hamil / Steer Wrestling Dustin Shields / Break Away Roping Richard Glassford, Junior Taylor Cherry / Junior Steer Riding Tyler Cherry / Barrel Racing Mariah Mannering, Jr Taylor Cherry, Peewee Riley Beier /Wildhorse Race Jeff Jaarsma, Stan Newton and Dave Dieleman.

2016 event schedule

 Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo celebrates 25 years!  April 15, 16, 17, 2015. FRIDAY April 15, 2016

9am to 11am -- Cowboy Carnival

This FREE event is focused on kids under 10 years of age, it gives them an opportunity to try stick barrel racing, dummy roping, bucking bull barrels, bean bag toss, coloring, meet the clown Dennis Halstead and much more.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Media and promotional teams will be at this event if you do not want your child photographed please let the team know.

Cowboy Carnival (2013), a chance for the kids to learn about the sport of rodeo.

(Photo:  A youngster tries his hand at roping during the first annual 'Cowboy Carnival' in 2013, the event which kicks off the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo.  Photo by Cailin Cousins.)

Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo 2016 April 15, 16, 17, 2016. FRIDAY April 15, 2016


5pm -- Doors open with rodeo action beginning at 6pm.

Grande Entry: Wild West Riders and the Williams Lake Stampede Queen, Cheyleigh Sand, BC High School Rodeo Queen Melanie Wintjes and other visiting Royalty.

Wild West Riders drill team from Williams Lake, BC





5pm -- Beer Gardens open: NO MINORS PLEASE.

9pm -- Music by Ben Klick until 1am.

Dance to the Country and Folk Music of Ben Klick , 'Guitar Pickin Country Gentleman'.

Safe ride home offered by Adventure Charters & Rentals by don ation.

Adventure Charters

Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo 2016SATURDAY April 16, 2016 -- is PURPLE DAY
"Friends don't let friends drink and drive" 

9am to 11am -- Rodeo slack.
Free to the public. This event starts at 9am (This will include rodeo events which have too many people entered to run them all during the rodeo performance.)

12 noon -- Doors open with rodeo action starting at 1pm.
Grande Entry: Wild West Riders and the Williams Lake Stampede Queen Cheyleigh Sand, BC High School Rodeo Queen Melanie Wintjes and other visiting rodeo royalty.

9pm -- Barn Dance:  NO MINORS PLEASE.
Music by the talented Lee Dinwoodie ( to help dance the night away.

Safe rides home sponsored by Adventure Charters by donation.

Adventure Charters



There will be food vendor outside and other vendors inside.

Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo 2016SUNDAY April 17, 2016  

12 noon -- Doors open with rodeo action starting at 1pm.

Grande Entry: Wild West Riders and the Williams Lake Stampede Queen Cheyleigh Sand, BC High School Rodeo Queen Melanie Wintjes and other visiting rodeo royalty.

Cowboy Hall of Fame induction will take place this date; there will be two inductees.

Working Cowboy/Horseman recipient: Hank Krynen

Working Cowboy recipient: Raphael Alphonse

For specific information on each, visit the BC Cowboy Heritage Society website.

Barn Dance ticket countdown

Barn Dance tickets go on sale from our Boitanio Mall office starting April 3, 2015.

All barn Dance tickets still available at this time.

Office hours:
Friday April 3rd  - phone line open from 10-5, Boitanio Mall office open from 12-5 (Good Friday)
April 4,5 and 7 to 17 - office open from 10-5 Monday to Saturday and 11-5 Sundays
April 6 - 12-5 (Easter Monday)
Phone number 250-398-3334

Good news!  Barn Dance tickets are only $20 each this year.




Rodeo Announcer: The voice of the rodeo. This person must have many skills and is one of the hardest working people during a performance.   They work with the requests of the rodeo association that has hired them, become part of the clown act, keep the fans and contestants up-to-date. They have the longest performance, lasting more than 8 seconds and up to three hours.  An announcer must do his homework to ensure that he knows something about the competitors during each performance; they must be able to act quickly to fill the voids and work hard to get the crowds going.

Music Person: The sound of Rodeo.  The Music Person’s job is to ensure they have a great play list of music and special effect sounds for the rodeo at their fingertips. Concentration is key in this role to ensure you are watching the announcer, the arena action, the clown and the response of the crowd to the music. Everything needs to be timed and in-sync.  

Event Timers: The custodians of the contestants times and scores; the event timers is another job that takes great concentration.  Whether it’s a small jackpot or big money the contestants want fairness and accurate timing.  There are often up to three3 timers for events to ensure that time and scores are collected accurately.  Some events use barrier based equipment that completed the timing for you but you still need the back up.  Taking a break is not an option for these people who sit sun, rain and yes sometimes snow to make sure the information is gathered and delivered the the rodeo office.

Event Judges and officials: The Decision Makers.

No one has a harder job than the rodeo judge.

It is one of the most demanding and difficult positions on the rodeo team. Standing or sitting on their horse in the arena with a clipboard or flag and a watchful eye.  It takes patience, and attention to detail and knowledge of all of the rules to score the rider and the animal at the same time in the rough stock events and note the penalties during the  timed events.  Judges are often in the line of danger especially when they are on the ground during the rough stock events. The judges hold every cowboys fate on their clipboard and their flag.  Their decision will decide who win’s or looses the go round or the championship. Judges work in every mode of weather conditions from rain, sun, hail or snow they stay in the arena to focus on their jobs.  Like any other sport judges are sometimes subjected to much scrutiny with decisions they make. Rodeo fans may think a score should be higher, but often do not understand the scoring system. There is no play back video, like the NHL or NFL to change their decision.

rodeo101bBarrier Judges: During timed events such as break-away, tie-down and team roping, as well as steer wrestling (bull dogging), the steer or calf leaves the chute with a head start advantage and trips a barrier line with a red flag attached to it.  This signals the competitor to commence his or her event.  When the competitor leaves the box too soon the barrier is broken and this adds 10 seconds to their time.  It is the Barrier Judge's job to let the timers know a penalty has occurred.

Flag Judge: During timed events such as break-away, tie-down and team roping, as well as steer wrestling, the Flag Judge will raise the flag when the run begins and drop the flag when it is complete to notify the timers to stop their stopwatch.  If they wave the flag side to side there is no time for that run. Eg: Steer Wrestling: With the hazer paralleling the steer to keep it running straight, the steer wrestler leans off his horse at top speed and reaches for a firm grip on the steer's horns.  Once on the ground, the wrestler must plant his feet, bring the steer to a stop and wrestle it to the ground. The flag drops and the time stops when the steer is on it's side with all four feet pointed in the same direction.

Rough Stock Judge: Two or more judges combine scores to mark each horse or bull up to 50 points for bucking ability and each cowboy up to points for riding skill and style. Rough stock is a wild eight-second ride on a bucking bull or horse.  Once the chute gate is opened the judging begins, the rider cannot touch himself, the equipment or the animal with his free hand. Points are awarded for the bucking pattern and power of the animal, as well as the rider's strength, control and spurring action, The animal and rider can each accumulate up to 50 points over the eight-second ride.

Barrel Man and Rodeo Clown: The entertainer and rodeo protection athlete of the rodeo.

Originally, the rodeo clown was a single job during the bull riding events.  It has evolved over the years.  This can not only be  "bullfighting" protecting the riders thrown from the bull, it can be the person who provides comic relief.

Today, this job is split into two separate ones, hiring bullfighters who protect the riders from the bull and entertainers -- a barrel man and a clown -- who provides comic humor.

Parking Attendants: Many rodeos hire or have volunteers to ensure that people park appropriately (rodeo fans parking and contestant parking) so there is room for the fans and the contestants.  Coordinating the contestants can be a challenge with the large horse trailers the cowboys use today.  Contestants want in early and out as soon as their event is done -- especially if they are heading to another rodeo.  Dealing with a range of very cooperative and polite cowboys and rodeo fans to, frustrated, angry, and even pompus people can either make this a job for a person with great organization skills and thick skin.

Security: Security has become one of the most important roles at rodeos. From fans wanting to enter the contestants or restricted areas, to crowd issues and keeping a watchful eye on the rodeo stock overnight -- this group keeps busy.  

Rodeo Association Directors: Are a group of very dedicated people working together to bring rodeo together.

Rodeo Photographers:  There are several kinds of photographers at a rodeo, from fans taking great memory and selfie shots to professional rodeo arena photographers who get out in the dirt to get that great shot, plus media photographers who are looking for the best shots for their media outlet.  These folks have a great eye for those unique shots that can either show the sheer determination of the contestant and the animal, the slump of defeat and the excitement of the crowds and behind the scenes.

Sports Medicine: This group is a highly skilled and trained team of people who not only love the sport of rodeo, but are the caregivers who help rodeo athletes by providing care enabling the competitors to be at their best.  Sports medicine is not just first aid treatment, it ranges from athletic therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care.

Veterinarian: Animals sometimes need to have a helping hand or be checked out to ensure that they can perform.  All BCRA rodeos must have a vet on site or on call during the event.  Like a professional athlete, the rodeo stock and event horses are trained to perform their best.  With great conditioning of the animals and quick response to any injuries, these animals can continue their events throughout the season.

Stock contractors: Rodeo stock contractors know that their animals are their livelihood. They are expert stockmen and take pride in the conditioning and athletic ability of their animals. Like a well-trained human athlete, an animal can perform to the best of its ability only if it is healthy and in top physical condition. Stock contractors sort, load and transport their own animals to rodeo events. They know which animals get along with each other, so they are loaded into their traveling compartments with that in mind. This helps to alleviate stress while traveling. 

For the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo the stock is brought from their home ranch each day and taken home as soon as the performance is over.  With only a thirty minute drive there is no stress for this stock.  Rodeo judges inspect the livestock prior to each rodeo performance and any animal suspected of not being able to compete to the best of its ability is pulled from the performance roster. Rodeo judges are responsible for enforcing association rules, including a section that deals exclusively with the humane treatment of livestock.

Wild Horse Race: This is thrilling rodeo event where a three-person team works together to slow a running horse, calm it down, saddle and then ride it around a barrel -- all while avoiding a collision with the other teams and horses in the arena.

Do you enjoy a challenge? Local entries are welcomed with entry dates two weeks prior to the rodeo. There are plenty of BC events, so consider a rookie membership and compete for championship buckles. More information is available on the Canadian Wild Horse Racing Association website at