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Champions Crowned in Rodeo Finals

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The Swan Valley High School Rodeo Association held the Manitoba High School Rodeo Provincial Finals last weekend (June 8-10) and it filled the Swan Valley Ag Society Grounds with cheers, triumphs, and a lot of mud.
“Considering the extreme weather, from rain and muck to sweltering heat, everything ran smoothly and, thankfully, without injury to the rodeo and animal athletes,” said Rodeo co-ordinator Crystal Nepinak.
Our locals, Jenna McKay and Sierra Urban, represented the Valley beautifully as they put in their best work.
Overall, McKay received 17th place in barrel racing, 10th in breakaway roping, eighth in goat tying, and 17th in team roping. Urban secured ninth in barrel racing and 10th in pole bending on Friday (June 8), and 10th in barrel racing and 7th in pole bending on Saturday (June 9).
“It was great to see Urban out again for the junior high events.” said Nepinak. “McKay is headed to Rock Springs, Wyo. in July to compete in the high school girls goat tying event.”
The benefits for the athletes go far beyond their rankings.
“Without high school rodeo, the local youth wouldn't have had access to try out these sort of events and meet other youth with similar interests,” said Nepinak. “There are also economic spin offs to both the business community and service organizations.”
The weekend was a success to all involved as many different groups and organizations lent a hand from cooking to helping organize and set-up to donations received.
“Your support is very much appreciated,” said Nepinak.
While this season’s high school rodeo has come to an end, the athletes’ summers with undoubtably be filled with horse shows, gymkhana and more rodeos.
The next high school rodeo season starts again in August.
“Word has it we might be gaining a few more local members so that's exciting,” said Nepinak.

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Jakki Lumax
REPORTER
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