A bull rider hangs on tight at the 54th annual Rimbey Rodeo. The event featured loads of rodeo action and a parade July 12-14. The event took place at the Rimbey Agricultural Grounds. File Photo/Dylan Jeffcott

54th Annual Rimbey Rodeo a success

The event, July 12-14, saw a higher number of people come out to watch over the weekend

As the dusts settles after the rodeo weekend the success of the event begins to shine through.

The 54th Annual Rimbey Rodeo was held at the Rimbey Agricultural Grounds July 12-14.

April Litz, secretary, says the rodeo was a “huge success.”

“Nobody left in an ambulance,” added Litz. “Everything went really well.”

She explained overall everything went smoothly, except for Saturday night barrel racing, which had to be stopped due to lightning.

Numbers at the gates showed an increase in spectators at this year’s rodeo compared to last.

The rodeo saw no qualified rides in bull riding in the Central Alberta Rodeo Association (CARA) event, but at least once score was put up in the other events.

Corey Burwell was the only name on the placing sheet for bareback with a 65, while Briley Scott took the top spot in saddlebroc with a score of 69 over Brogan Nye and Kyle Meston who tied for second place with 65 points.

Courtney LaValley sqeaked into first place by one point in Ladies Cow Riding. Jacy Howlett placed second with a 69 and Alyssa Kaduk rounded out the top three with a score of 68.

In 7-12 Steers Troy Peters claimed the title with a score of 72, followed by Kane Scott with 71 points and Jestin Jacklin with 69 points.

Wyatt Walker came out on top of the 13-15 Steers with 71 points over Colbe Stevens and David Smith, who tied with 68 points.

Ladies Barrel Racing went to Madison Hickey with a time of 16.600, Erin Maddox sit closely in second with a time of 16.867.

Kaylee Schwerdt, with a time of 17.280, narrowly clinched first in 7-12 Barrels over ericka Webb’s time of 17.354.

The 13-15 Barrels competition was claimed by Ryatta McConnell with a time of 16.935 seconds, over Jewel Pollock’s 17.143 seconds and Teegan Brink’s 17.546 seconds.

The Junior Breakaway Roping (13-15) title was snatched by Stran Pollitt with a time of 12.6 seconds over Rees Wilson’s 12.74. Third place went to Owen Schauer with a time of 16.91.

Junior Breakaway (12 and under) was claimed by Jace McKean with a 6.32

Robin Armstrong took the Ladies Breakaway title with a 6.56. Macy Auclair took second with 7.37 seconds.

The Team Roping top spot went to Shane and Stran Pollitt who scored 7.71 seconds. Carson and Jordan Hillman followed in second place, while Dan Grover Jr. and Levi Cretney placed third.

The Tie Down Roping top spot went to Josh Carothers with a 13.49. Robert Saunders, 14.32, came in second with Cayden Spady, 15.29, shortly behind.

For the 55th Annual Rimbey Rodeo next year the event may see some changes.

“That’s something over the next year we’ll discuss is adding more kids events on Friday,” said Litz.

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