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The Next Generation of Rodeo


Dirt was flying, animals were pushed to the limits, and cowboys and cowgirls were fashioning up to put on a show at the Swan River Valley Agricultural Society Grounds last weekend (May 12 and 13) for the fourth annual Swan Valley High School Rodeo.
Fifty one Manitoba High School Rodeo members from across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and North Dakota, along with 28 Little Buckaroo’s, participated in a spectacular weekend of breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping, barrel racing, pole bending, tie down roping, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, chute dogging, and bareback riding to entertain spectators.
“The NorthWest Round-up is a huge part of the history of the Valley and it’s an event for families to take in together,” said High School Rodeo Co-ordinator Della McKay. “These participants are the future of rodeo.”
Our local cowgirls proved their future to be bright as they fell into their placings following their runs.
Saturday (May 12) saw Jenna McKay take home 20th in barrel racing, seventh in breakaway roping, sixth in goat tying, and fifth in team roping.
Kaleigh Currie also took home 22th in barrel racing and 17th in pole bending.
Juniors, Mackenzie Currie, Sierra Urban, Liv Leadbeater, and Jillian Hrycyk competed next bringing in their own placings.
Mackenzie Currie took home 10th in barrel racing and ninth in pole bending, Urban collected 11th in barrel racing and eighth in pole bending, Leadbeater took 12th in barrel racing with Hrycyk close behind taking 14th place.
Sunday (May 13) saw McKay carry away eighth place in breakaway roping, ninth in goat tying, 19th in barrel racing, and 11th in team roping.
Kaleigh Currie brought in 18th in barrel racing and 16th in pole bending.
For our Junior girls, Mackenzie Currie brought in eighth in pole bending and 12th in barrel racing. And, Urban took home 11th in barrel racing and seventh in pole bending.
“The weekend was great,” said McKay. “The pancake breakfast was a hit, we will now start to plan for finals in June.”
The Manitoba Provincial High School Rodeo Finals will take place at the Swan River Valley Agricultural Society Grounds on June 8-10.
“We would love to see the support of the community by way of spectators in the stands to encourage the young cowboys and cowgirls,” said McKay. “This is a sport that teaches the participants responsibility, there is a requirement to maintain their school grades, an expected dress code and code of conduct which is representative of the values of a rodeo community. So come on out and show your support.”
More results for the event can be found at www.mhsra.ca.

Jakki Lumax