The weather couldn’t have been more cooperative for the 47th Chopaka Easter Jackpot rodeo.
With this year’s slow start to spring, the Easter weekend’s improving conditions made it ideal for several hundred rodeo enthusiasts who gathered at the Chopaka rodeo grounds on Sunday.
There was a full slate of events this year, including team roping, saddle bronc, calf roping, and bull riding events at the beginning and end of the program. In between, barrel racing for all categories, and junior cow riding filled the afternoon schedule.
Ironically, the most casual event proved to be the most dangerous – the wild cow milking event resulted in at least two participants hobbling off the field.
It was another year of winners in the stock department, as no participants were successful timing out in the saddle bronc and bull riding events. The bulls and broncs were supplied to the Chopaka rodeo by Wild West Entertainment (WWE) out of Kamloops.
Following is a summary of this year’s rodeo results:
Saddle bronc – no qualified rides, stock contractor Dale Dejonckheere won the buckle, awarding it to Tracy Sharpe
Bull riding – again no qualified rides, stock contractor Dale Dejocnkheere won the buckle.
1 Rod Lewis, Butch Sahara 6.74
2 Tony Verbeeten, Alan Schwab (6.91)
3 Brent Dodging Horse, Jaime Big Plume (7.09)
4 Archie Williams, Jackson Louis (7.37)
5 Roger Love, Butch Sahara (8.53)
6 Norm Breen, Josh Cahill (8.59)
7 Joe Verbeeten, Brianne Birch (9.66)
8 Neil Antoine, Mark Pozzobon (11.21)
Pee Wee Barrels
1 Madeline Pozzobon (25.138)
2 Tylen James (33.823)
3 Rhett Seely (63.596)
1Tenesha Beaupre (17.793)
2 Ali Lantz (18.748)
3 Cedar Carter (19.123)
4 Danika Caverly (19.440)
1 Laura James (17.215)
2 Angelica Dais (17.337)
3 Denise Formo (17.681)
4 Keira Smith (17.905)
5 Marlo Fosberry (17.911)
6 Morgan Fosberry (17.932)
1 Colleen Williams (6.45)
Junior Cow Riding
1 Nakoma Eustache (72)
2 Clyde Camille (69)
3 Chance Wabnegger (59)
1 Derek Mobbs (13.16)
2 Justin Maier (20.33)
3 Steve Pozzobon (20.57)
Wild Cow Milking
Team Thunderstruck – Colten Wabnegger