The British Columbia Rodeo Association (BCRA) and the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association (NTFFRA) are pleased to announce that a three-year agreement has been reached between the two parties. The NTFFRA will now be hosting the BCRA Polaris Championship Finals in conjunction with their Annual Fall Fair in the municipality of Barriere on the Labour Day Weekend – Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 2018.
A BCRA representative says they are excited about two new additions to the Finals Weekend this year. The first will be the introduction of the Wildcard Rodeo held on Friday, Aug. 31. This is a one head showdown for members who have entered five BCRA Rodeos throughout the season. The winner in each event will qualify for one Wildcard slot to the Finals beginning the next day.
The second is a partnership with the BC Little Britches and High School Rodeo Associations which have been allocated a qualification for the finals in each of their appropriate events for the year end champions of each association. This opportunity helps the BCRA to support the youth in rodeo throughout British Columbia.
NTFFRA president Jill Hayward commented on Monday, “We are very excited to be able to bring the BCRA Polaris Championship Finals to Barriere in conjunction with our annual fall fair, and the addition of the Wildcard Rodeo is a wonderful opportunity for the winning competitors to move on to the finals the next day. The three year agreement provides both organizations with a strong foundation for making this event all that it can be, not just for the organizations involved but for our sponsors as well.”
NTFFRA director and rodeo convenor, Carmen Ross stated, “If it wasn’t for our amazing rodeo crew saying they are one hundred per cent committed to this event this couldn’t have been possible. We will have competitors from B.C., Alberta and Washington. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to help in hosting the Wildcard Rodeo and the BCRA Polaris Championship Finals at our NTFFRA facility here in Barriere.”
The BCRA is a non-profit amateur/semi-pro association that operates under the guiding principles of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. Formed in 1988 it is the primary governing body of rodeo in British Columbia and is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is voted in by the membership. To find out more go to: www.rodeobc.com.