Keremeos grounds packed with action

Skies were dark and rain was falling up the Similkameen Valley towards Paul Creek — just in time for the start of the Keremeos Elks Rodeo last weekend.

Professional bull rider Chad Eneas of Penticton handles this ride during the preliminary round of the event at the Keremeos Elks rodeo. Eneas was second overall.

Steve Arstad

Black Press

Skies were dark and rain was falling up the Similkameen Valley towards Paul Creek — just in time for the start of the Keremeos Elks Rodeo last weekend.

Fortunately, other than for a few light sprinkles at the rodeo grounds, the inclement weather held off.

There was plenty of action out of the bull pens this year with saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding highlighting Saturday and Sunday’s events. Contestants in the team roping and barrel racing events were light due to a recent outbreak of highly contagious equine herpes in the western part of North America. (The disease is believed to have originated at a horse show in Ogden, Utah, two weeks ago. It spreads easily and quickly with minimal contact between horses; locally at least three cases of the outbreak has been reported in the Vernon area.)

Several Victoria Day rodeos across the province were cancelled due to the disease — 100 Mile House’s Little Britches Rodeo, the Quesnel BC High School Rodeo,  South Cariboo Rodeo Association Rough Stock Rodeo and District Outriders Gymkhana were all cancelled this weekend. In Keremeos, the barrel racing events suffered the most, with all but three of the 15 local novice barrel racers showing up to the Keremeos event on Saturday.

Rodeo spokesperson Joe Richert noted crowds were not as heavy as they would have liked, possibly due to the horse herpes concern and Sunday’s afternoon scheduling of the Vancouver Canucks— San Jose Sharks Western Conference Final playoff game. Inconsistent weather might also have played into the mix. Crowd counts for Saturday and Sunday were down by roughly 300 to 400 people from 2010.

Monday’s pro bull riding and ladies barrel racing were well attended as weather improved with clearing skies, light winds and warmer conditions. Alberta’s Mark Johanssen won Monday’s pro bull riding event, scoring 83 points in a qualifying round. Although he didn’t compete in the final due to injuries. Penticton’s Chad Eneas was second.

“I felt really strong on them,” said Eneas. “It was a decent little bull.”

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The ladies barrels event consisted of four divisions with the following results:

Division one

1. Cathy Lazic

2. Lisa Conley

Division two

1. Dakota Conley

2. Kassie Glover

3. Stacey Carter

Division three

1. Sierra Stukel

2. Jamie Long

3. Kim Feist

Division four

1. Siobhan Carins

2. Brady McNolte


Keremeos Elks Rodeo Official Results


Bull riding

Steve Holmann, Quesnel, B.C. 72


Team Roping

John Roberts, Clairsholm, AB 5.4

Clay Uelery, Clairsholm, AB 5.4

Brett McCaroll, Camrose AB 5.6

Riley Wilson, Stettler, AB 5.6

John Roberts, Clairesholm, AB 5.8

Leroy Simpson, Clairsholm, AB 5.8


Junior Barrel Racing

Shelby Park, Vanderhoof, B.C. 

Cassie Glover, Langley, B.C.

Odessa Gerard, Savona, B.C.


Ladies Barrels

Kirsten Gjerde, Prince George

Bobby Denner, Alkali Lake, B.C.

Monica Orm, Logan Lake, B.C.


Junior Steer Riding

K.C. Spiers, Vanderhoof B.C.

Trevor Kurtz, Bucky, WA

Chance Wabnegger, Keremeos, B.C.


Breakaway Roping

Bobby Denner, Alkali Lake, B.C.


Steer Wrestling

Willie Twain, Alkali Lake, B.C.

Norman Breen, Princeton, B.C.

Steve Holman, Quesnel, B.C.


Saddle Bronc Riding

Jeremy Russell, Millarville, AB

Kaila Mussell, Chilliwack, B.C.

Steve Holman, Quesnel, B.C.


Tie Down Roping

Steele DaPaoli, Longview, AB

Logan Hoffer, Magrath, AB

Brock Herman, Chase, B.C.


Bareback Riding

Cash Kerner, Pritchard, B.C.

Steve Holmann, Quesnel, B.C.

Matt Bates, Kamloops, B.C.


Local Novice Barrels

Jamie Long, Okanagan Falls

Toni Long, Okanagan Falls

Alessa Ouimete, Cawston


Okanagan rodeo spectators were treated to a lengthy detour Saturday afternoon when Highway 3A was closed at Green Mountain Road. Two large slabs of rock fell onto the highway at the construction site at Yellow Lake resulting in motorists having to detour onto  Green Mountain Road to Penticton, or alternatively from Green Mountain Road to Marron Valley Road, adding considerably to their travelling time and distance.

The highway reopened later Saturday evening.


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