Rimbey and Ponoka cowteens tops at rodeo


After initial delays due to fears regarding the outbreak of EHV-1, the Rimbey High School Rodeo went ahead on schedule, providing plenty of thrills, spills and great rodeo action for both participants and fans.

“Competition was fierce as we are down to the last two rodeo competitions before the Alberta Finals which is held in Ponoka June 10 to 12,” said rodeo spokesperson Nicole Smith.

The boys’ high point winner at the rodeo held May 21 and 22 was Keely Bonnett from Ponoka and the girls’ high point winner was Taylor Smith from Rimbey. Both competitors were presented with custom embroidered jackets.

Bonnett also won the buckle for tie-down roping with second-place finishes both days. He also won a buckle for team roping with his brother, Logan.

Smith won first in the pole bending and fourth in goat tying.

Jake Stemo from Calgary won the buckle for the bareback competition. He was the only rider to have luck both days with Darcy & Tammy Hollingsworth’s bucking horses.

Lane Watt of Hardisty was the buckle winner in saddle bronc, winning first both days.

“Once again, not too many guys managed to stay on Hollingsworth’s stock. They were feeling pretty frisky,” said Smith.

Buckle winner Justin Wagner from Leslieville was the only contestant to get a time for steer wrestling on both days.

Levi Lloyd from Rimbey placed fourth one day, but didn’t manage to get the other one down,” said Smith.

Brant Jones from Consort was the only bull rider to get two of Todd Braithwaite’s bucking bulls covered, she said.

Smith said about 150 youths, along with their families, were in attendance at the rodeo hosted by the Blindman Valley Rodeo Club.

She said the families of Butch Smith, Carey Anderson, Darcy Hollingsworth, Todd Braithwaite, Lori Rangen, Troy Budvarson, Tom. Smith and Todd Lloyd along with the Rimbey Agricultural Society put on a great rodeo.

Todd Braithwaite and Darcy Hollingsworth supplied outstanding rough stock, she added.

For further information or results check out www.albertahsrodeo.com

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