Nicola Valley Rodeo Association
Merritt BC Canada 2019 Rodeo
Merritt BC Canada Rodeo event in 2019.
2019 Nicola Valley Rodeo Association in Merritt BC Canada. Merritt rodeo grounds and venue were built and, for more than half a century, run by the Nicola Valley Rodeo Association. The grassland expanses of the Nicola Valley are home to some of British Columbia’s oldest ranches. They and five First Nations communities centred around the Merritt community form the foundation of the ranching and rodeo heritage of the Nicola Valley.
To Illustrate this 2-day celebration of Western Heritage gives locals and brings people together from around the world.
People from Scotland, Australia, USA, as well from all across Canada attended this annual event.
Furthermore all Livestock are well look after. Only the best for their partners.
In reality I have heard that the livestock have 5 star treatment compared to some of the two legged competitors.
“As a result of hard determination and skill Team roping: Clint Buhler/Chase Simpson, 5.3, Putting them in 5th place.”
Nicola Valley Rodeo Association Sponsors
Together with all the amazing competitors there are the sponsors. With out
their help and dedication we may not have this attraction in Merritt. Given that Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo sponsors will be included in many of the photo’s.
Furthermore the Merritt Rodeo Grounds host a wide range of events including ranch rodeos, youth rodeos, barrel racing, other equestrian events and clinics through out the year.
Consequently July 26-28 2019 The Canadian High School Rodeo Finals was held at the Nicola Valley rodeo grounds in Merritt BC as well.
Speaking about team work. There would be no rodeo without the countless volunteers who are passionate about preserving the uniqueness of Merritt’s Pro Rodeo. Recognizing all its western history and culture within the surrounding ranching communities.
Without their dedication, long hours and sometimes health risks Nicola Valley’s Pro Rodeo may ride away into the sunset. A huge cheer to rodeo co-chair Mary MacGregor and fellow co-chair Peter Spencer.
All fun and games.
Important to realize that rodeo clowns are there to entertain the crowd. While barrelmen tag-team with bullfighters to distract the bulls after each ride. Allowing the cowboy to safely exit the arena. Around since the 1930’s, the job of a barrelmen and rodeo clown is no easy feat and shouldn’t be underestimated.
Furthermore these beautiful horses are truly stars in their own right.
Not to mention Merritt Rodeo features the finest animal athletes in North America.
“When nothings going right, Go left”
The goal of this timed event is for the rider to catch the calf by throwing a loop of rope from a lariat around its neck, dismount from the horse, run to the calf, and restrain it by tying three legs together, in as short a time as possible.
Some of the best cowgirls and cowboys from across Canada and the U.S. competing at the Nicola Valley Rodeo Association’s event.
To say nothing of the great weather for the 61st annual Merritt Pro Rodeo over the Labour Day long weekend. Guaranteed there wasn’t a shortage of live excitement.
Proudly, endorsed by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and the American Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Although you may not recognize a performer’s name during an event, this doesn’t take away the intensity of watching and taking in all the excitement.
Bruised and battered bodies are the norm for any “Cowgirl” n “Cowboy”.
Truly exciting to watch up-coming Rodeo Star’s!
Equally important are the Merritt Little Britches which was held June 14-16 this year at Nicola Valley’s Rodeo grounds. A place for young cowboys and cowgirls to get a start in the sport of rodeo is with the British Columbia Little Britches Rodeo Association
A non-profit organization, the BC Little Britches Rodeo Association along with local rodeo clubs throughout the province host rodeos throughout the spring, summer and fall.
“Anyone who never fails is someone who never tries.” Unknown
Additionally Steer wrestling, also known as bulldogging, is a rodeo event in which a horse-mounted rider chases a steer, drops from the horse to the steer, then wrestles the steer to the ground by grabbing its horns and pulling it off-balance so that it falls to the ground.
Furthermore this event carries a high risk of injury to the cowboy.
Barrel Racing officially started in 1928 when it became the first sport for women on horseback. This skill is easily overlooked. A speed event involving a horse, along with its rider, galloping and making agile turns around three barrels placed in a triangular fashion.
The racer enters the arena at top speed and with great skill circles all 3 barrels.
“3 Turns, 2 Hearts, 1 Soul”
Equally the horse must be fairly aggressive, and the rider should be in command throughout.
“If you ain’t afraid of the speed, you ain’t going fast enough”. Cowgirltimes
Especially a highlight of the Rodeo is the “Bull” riding event.
Bull riding is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a bucking bull and attempting to stay on while being bucked off. Notably recognized as “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports”.
To receive a score, the rider must stay atop the bull for 8 seconds with the use of one hand gripped on a bull rope tied behind the bull’s forelegs.
“Bull riding is probably the most dangerous sport in the world in terms of head injuries.” Jonathan Gottschall
Touching the bull or themselves with the free hand, or failing to reach the eight-second mark, results in a no-score ride.
Each bull has a unique name and number.
Keep Calm and Hold On
Amazingly after all the bucks, kicks, spins and twists that continues for 8 seconds. The buzzer signals the end of the ride.
“A good old rodeo never hurt anyone.”
Certainly a trick used by bull riders and bareback riders from being bucked is to use tar or resin on the hand they hold onto the rigging.
“Cliff Williamson is the only contestant to compete in the CFR for 29 years. Williamson is a five-time Canadian champion in tie-down roping and was inducted into the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2002.” Edmonton Journal
Bull riding: 1. Jackson Scott (Kamloops, BC) 88 points on Northcott-Macza’s B60 Lap Dance.
“Relationships are kind of like riding a bull. You hang on for dear life and sometimes you get a little buck here and there but you get back on.” Unknown
A great turnout at the 61st annual Merritt Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo.
New this year Rodeo 101 Behind the Chutes Stock Tour.
Additionally along with the “Instant Replay” scoreboard makes it easier to keep track of all events.
And with this new re-vamped “Rodeo Saloon” one can truly enjoy a cold one.
As Can Be Seen
Above all since its establishment in 1958 Nicola Valley’s Rodeo Legacy continues on Labour Day weekend. A annual event that brings people from across Canada, USA, Scotland, Australia, Britain, and importantly local Merritt residents. Truly a spectators sport watching these athletes perform at their best.
I love a great “Rodeo”, and this is one of the best!” Tanya Stewart, Experience Nicola Valley Blogger
Feel free to read my previous story about the lead up to the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo Event.