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BCRA finals mega gallery and results
Quesnel was well represented by its cowboys and cowgirls at the BCRA finals, with three of the champs, taking four of the titles, hailing from the Gold Pan city – more than any other city.
Quesnel riders were particularly strong in a variety of roping categories, with all four of their firsts coming from roping.
The weekend test riders thrice – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the accumulation of points deciding who would stand on top at the end of the weekend.
Steve Lloyd took a couple of firsts in roping, as a lone cowboy in tie down roping and as part of a team with Russel Glassford in team roping.
Lloyd took second in the first two rounds, following Riske Creek's Virgil Poffenroth both days, and first in the final round to win.
Glassford and Lloyd took third the first round, following the Pritchard/Cache Creek team of Chad Evinson and Carey Isnardy in first and the Ryan McNaughton of Quesnel with Rod Spiers of Ft. St. John in second.
The second round they followed Kamloops' Nick Teixeira and 108 Mile's Ty Lytton in second. In the third round they took second again, following Clayton Freemantle of Surrey and Tim Pellam of Langley.
Taylor Cherry won for the season in junior breakaway roping. She took second the first round, after Dustin Spiers, also of Quesnel, didn't manage to place in the top four the second round, but made up for it by taking first in the final round.
Denver DeRose of Kamloops ended the season on top in bareback. DeRose took first the first and final round, but was topped by Quesnel's Steve Hohmann in the second round.
In bull riding, Ryan Jasper of Riske Creek found his way to the top at the finals. Jasper tied for third with Lane Cork of Quesnel in the first round, following behind K.C. Spiers of Groundbirch in second and Levi Lawlor of Quesnel in first.
Hohmann was the only rider to sit the bull for eight second on the second day, but Jasper came back in the final round to take first for the round and clinch the top honours over all.
Kamloops rider Cole Scott finished his season of saddle bronc riding as champion. Scott finished first in both the first and second round, but wasn't able to sit the horse for the whole eight seconds in the final round.
Hohmann won the final round, which didn’t stop Scott from gaining enough points to claim the championship
Luke Simonin of Naramata was the champion in steer wrestling. Simonin finished following a descending order: first, second then third. The second round Simonin was beat by Riley Isnardy of Cache Creek, and Cole and Jackson Scott of Kamloops in the third round.
Houston's Kyle Bell finished the season on top in breakaway roping. Kristen Bell took first in the first round, while Kyle Bell wasn't able to break into the top three. Kyle Bell took first in the second round, but was edged out for the top spot in the third round by Savona's Troy Gerard.
Sarah Gerard of Savona rode away with the barrel racing championship. Gerard finished the finals with a first in the third round.
In the first round she was just edged out for the top spot by Cathy Bueckert of Vanderhoof, while Laura James of Kamloops knocked them both down a spot by taking first in the second round.
In junior steer riding, Blaine Manuel of 150 Mile House ended the season on top.
Manuel finished tied for second in the first round with Kyle Bell, both sitting under Jackson Scott in first. Manuel finished in third in the second round, behind Jackson Scott and James Johnston of Quesnel, who both tied for first. Blaine ended the weekend on top, taking first in the final round.
Tosha Seitz of Savona was consistently on top for the weekend, taking first in junior barrel racing.
Briana Billy of Williams Lake finished on a high note, being named champion of pee wee barrel racing. Billy was only beaten once over the course of the weekend, in the final round, by Savona's Elly Farmer.
The weekend ends the 2013, 20-rodeo season for the BCRA, with an AGM in Kamloops wrapping it up Oct. 26.