Dozens of competitors converged on the Ponoka Stampede grounds over the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13 for the Ponoka leg of the provincial high school rodeo circuit with young enthusiasts of equine sports showing their talent to a group of spectators composed mostly of their families.
Boys and girls from a wide ranging area competed in both timed and rough stock events with pole bending and barrel racing categories drawing most of the competitors, followed by goat tying and breakaway roping.
The weather cooperated throughout the weekend and although it turned breezy and cooler on Sunday, the event still went on without any letup in the enthusiasm of all involved.
It was no time for all of the competitors in bronc riding throughout the weekend and bareback on Sunday as all of the riders were bucked off, so the winners in bareback were decided on the points earned in the Saturday section of the event.
The results of the two days of competition are as follows, listed are the top three in each category:
Barrels: Madelyn Schauer, Kashley Seitz, Mackenzie Loren;
Pole bending: Bradi Whiteside, Cheyenne Klepper, Bailey Hines,
Bull Riding: Joey Wolf
Bareback: Danten Metzger, Jake Plotts
Tie-down roping: Luke Skocdopole, Logan Spady, Kagen Schmidt
Breakaway roping: Kyla Gordon, Maria Robinson, Cassidy Clark
Steer wrestling: Travis Speer, Trey Purdie, Logan Spady
Team Roping: Evan Spady- Thomas Grady, Jace Harrish-Dane Harrish, Jason Smith-Kyla Gordon
Goat Tying: Bradi Whiteside, Emily Massing, Tory Brower
Barrels: Cheyenne Klepper, Kylie Whiteside, Kashley Seitz
Pole bending: Jamie-Lee Spady, Kashley Seitz, Mackenzie Loren
Bull riding: Riley Gagnon, Ashton Sahli
Tie-down roping: Shane Smith, Lance Gordon, Logan Spady
Breakaway roping: Mackenzie Loren, Bailey Hines, Jessica Gunsch
Steer wrestling: Clay Guthrie, Trey Purdie, Kagen Schmidt
Team roping: Jackson Braithwaite-Hayden Warren, Lucas Brown-Jessica Gunsch, Tatum Wilson-Paige Wilson
Goat tying: Madelyn Schauer, Taylor Schmidt, Kashley Seitz