A seventeen-year-old calf roper from the Stettler area is this year’s recipient of The Barry Edge Memorial Scholarship.
Quinton Van Straten was presented with the thousand dollar scholarship at the Rimbey Rodeo banquet and cabaret held at the Rimbey Drop In Centre Sat. Nov. 15.
Van Straten was presented the cheque by Dean Edge, son of the late Barry Edge.
He said Van Straten, a Grade 12 student in Stettler, was a deserving recipient who fit the criteria of the scholarship well.
“We wanted to go with somebody who ropes, is dedicated, and will be going on for further education.”
This is the fourth year the Edge family has presented the scholarship, which is always given out in conjunction with the Rimbey Rodeo banquet and cabaret.
Edge said the rodeo association also donated funding to the scholarship when it was initiated.
Van Straten, a friendly, outgoing young man, who prefers to be wearing his cowboy hat, when having his photo taken, said he was pleased and honored to be selected for the scholarship.
“I knew Barry personally,” he said. “He was a successful and talented roper who encouraged me. He was somebody you looked up to and was always there to help you.”
Van Straten is sitting second in high school rodeo standings for tie down roping this season. He truly loves the sport and has big plans for the future.
“I want to make the CFR, win Canada, win the worlds,” he said with an engaging grin.