Kylie Whiteside

Barrel Racing at Williams Lake Stampede

SUBMITTED BY MELISSA SWORD

Williams Lake Stampede poster

Limited Edition by Photographer Liz Twan Featuring BC Barrel Racer Pamela Morrison. Courtesy of Liz Twan and the Williams Lake Stampede Committee

A tradition that began in 1919, the Williams Lake Stampede is a much anticipated four day event held annually on the July 1st long weekend in the beautiful  and rustic city of Williams Lake, located on Highway 97 – 540 km Northeast of Vancouver.

Filled with excitement and featuring Canadian Professional Rodeo Association action events such as Bull Riding, Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping and Barrel Racing, the Williams Lake Stampede is a crowd pleasing family event. The 2011 show was a sell-out and the stands were filled with foot stomping, hand clapping fans there to cheer on their favourite rodeo athletes.

This year’s roster of barrel racers included contestants from Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Arizona, Oklahoma and Florida as well as from British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The fast paced barrel racing action kicked off with slack held on Thursday June 30th and ended in the mud with performance number four Sunday afternoon.

The 2011 Barrel Racing Champion was Janet Bjornson of Clive, AB putting in the fastest time of the four day event on Sunday afternoon, 16.34, netting her a payout of $5,316.00. Kendra Edey of Longview, AB ran a close second with a time of 16.37, earning her a cheque for $4,252.00.

LADIES BARREL RACING RESULTS 85TH ANNUAL WILLIAMS LAKE STAMPEDE
1 Janet Bjornson – Clive, AB 16.34 $5,316
2 Kendra Edey 16.37 $4,252
3 Kelly Fogle 16.48 $3,455
4 Rylee McKenzie 16.57 $2,658
5 Rhonda McLeod 16.58 $2,126
6/7 Laura James 16.6 $1,462
6/7 Joleen Seitz 16.6 $1,462
8 Julie Leggett 16.62 $1,196
9 Melanie Beeton 16.65 $1,063
10/11 Lisa Zachoda 16.7 $864
10/11 Janet Cunningham 16.7 $864
12 Haley Elliott 16.71 $664
13 Judy Hyde 16.72 $532
14 Traci MacDonald 16.73 $399
15 Mary Sword 16.74 $266

 

It was an exciting close race, with a spread of four tenths of a second between first and last place of the top fifteen riders and Williams Lake is already in the planning stages for the 2012 Stampede.

Here’s a look at the winning run with Janet Bjorson:

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