British Columbia is filled with many diverse cultures, and to compliment your stay in BC and Chilcotin Holidays, our western lifestyle and cowboy culture offers a chance to explore with local Rodeo events. The community spirit, friendly rivalry, competitive nature are enjoyed by all as Rodeos bring everyone, young and old, from all across the globe, together for fun and entertainment, and food. BC holds over 20 sanctioned larger-scale Rodeo events of pro, semi-pro and amateur in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. We also have our High School Rodeo and Little Britches Rodeo firing up the scene.
Rodeos have two kinds of events, the Rough Stock, which have animals wanting to buck you off, scoring the performances on the rider and animal. Timed events have eventers racing the clock with ropes tying, horses flying, and bodies diving for steer, all trying to be the fastest. Common events are bull riding, bareback and saddle bronco riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down and steer roping as well as barrel racing. Some fancier throw-ins are wild horse races like the 1963 John Wayne movie, McLintock! There is even wild cow milking.
There are several big time Rodeos with Pro events, Williams Lake, which is held at the end of June, and Armstrong at the end of August. These events run 4-5 days and fill your day full of fun. From entry to exit, the smells of BBQ and sounds from the games and rides will keep you on the go. Taking in agriculture exhibits lets you explore our culture, history and today, with friendly people and livestock filled barns, bring the farm and knowledge to you. These events are of the community, the people, and a big part is our youth, keeping very involved.
The high school rodeo follows the schooling year, with finals held in spring, each digging in for a chance at scholarship funding for after graduation. Community is our culture, and teaching youth to work for it, give back, and help others is passing our culture on. We even start them young with the little britches rodeo that offers a great family venue for teaching teamwork, comradeship, respect and responsibility of animals and a sence of self-worth, something every person should know they have. Rodeo gives you the ‘I can’ excitement, and being part of that is magical.
Rodeos Across BC Pro, Semi-Pro/Amateur, High School, Little Britches
rodeocanada.com, rodeobc.com, bchsra.ca, bclbra.org
21-23 Williams Lake
19-20 Williams Lake
20-21 100 Mile House
29-July2 Williams Lake(ProTour)
1-2 Bella Coola
8-9 Anahim Lake
19-20 Prince George
22-23 Alkali Lake
26-27 Williams Lake
19-20 Prince George