Top bullriders to visit Summerland

Summerland Rodeo grounds will be hosting upwards of 30 top bull riders Aug. 17.

Summerland Rodeo grounds will be hosting upwards of 30 top bull riders Aug. 17.

Matt Darmody, organizer of the Summerland Pro Bullriding Stampede, is expecting a strong continent of riders to compete for a purse of $6,500. The top six will go into the chute out. There will be bull fights, bull boxing, bull poker and mounted shooting. Riders will be coming from B.C., Alberta and Australia as part of the Bull Riders Canada circuit.

“There is plenty of entertainment,” said Darmody. “Thrills and spills. Bull riding is a pretty popular thing in North America. Bull riding has become a popular sport. The quality of bulls just keeps getting better and better. Riders have to keep strong.”

Tickets for the event, supported with sponsorship from Prairie Coast Equipment, Okanagan Dodge and Nesters Market, can be purchased for the pre-sale price of $15 at the 24/7 in Penticton,  the Visitor Info Centre in Summerland and Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack in West Kelowna in the Westbank Shopping Centre.