Our history

history15bMore than twenty-five years ago a group of hard working people got together with an idea to bring a spring rodeo to Williams Lake.  Many people said it could not be done but twenty-five years later we are still here and have the honour of being the second largest rodeo on the B.C. Rodeo Association circuit.

Looking back over the list of winners from that first rodeo, we have a large group of people still competing in our rodeo and still making money.  Lake City Bernie Rivet won the bull riding the first year with a 75 on a bull called Flatline and Ray Woods placed second.  Both these names still play a big part in our rodeo. Bernie has moved up from bull riding to become a top Rodeo Judge. Ray now is in charge of opening the chute gates for the cowboys when they nod there heads.

Then there is Allison Everett who made money in the Barrel Racing that first year. She is still competing and also finds time to be one of the hardworking Committee directors.  Speaking of our committee and directors, we are so happy to have a few of the  originals in our group. Lynda Philpot and Gwen Cyr have also been around since the beginning. There have been so many people involved over the years it would be impossible to list them all.  We are known for our wonderful opening show at every performance.  Over the years we have had some pretty amazing acts and we hope that you enjoy the show this year.

We can't forget another group who have been a big part of the success of this Rodeo.  Roy and Earl Call of C+ Rodeos have been supplying thegreat four legged athletes since the beginning. Without the fantastic bucking stock and timed event stock we would not have the great show we have.

In 2006 the B.C. Cowboy Heritage Society started holding an inductee ceremony during the intermission on Sunday afternoon.  We are so honoured to host this ceremony. The people and ranchers who are recognized every year are the backbone of the ranching and rodeo way of life. Some of these names are still in our rodeo program today.

One thing very important to the rodeo family is supporting the younger people who are just starting out in this lifestyle. Over the years the Indoor Rodeo Committee has helped sponsor young rodeo stars heading down the rodeo trail.  This is something we are proud to do and without these kids we would not have rodeos.

Other very important people on this rodeo team are our great sponsors.  Without the support from local people and businesses and the city of Williams Lake this would not have been possible.  The biggest thank you goes to you the spectators,  the competitors, and to our outstanding team of volunteers. All of you have made this Rodeo the great event it is and we look forward to another twenty-five years.

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.