It was a fun filled May Long Weekend as the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair celebrated its 66th year of world class Rodeo action and 124th year of family fun entertainment at the Country Fair.
Crowds giddied up for the exciting sights and events and enjoyed fair weather on Friday and Saturday while splashing around in the rain on Sunday and Monday in true BC fashion. “We were so pleased to see the community turn out on Saturday which was one of the best attended days at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair in the past ten years,” said Shannon Claypool, President of the Cloverdale Rodeo Exhibition Association. “We were especially delighted to have a sold out Saturday afternoon Rodeo and had strong attendance at the Sunday afternoon Rodeo despite the weather.”
This year’s event showcased many new features including the first annual Cowboy Cook Off BBQ competition that saw competitors from as far away as Montana and Kansas compete for $10,000 in prize money, and the World Freestyle Round Up skateboarding competition that brought the world’s top skateboarders from five continents together to compete in Surrey.
One of the World’s Toughest Cowboys Wins Big at Cloverdale
The 66th annual Cloverdale Rodeo showcased the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls at one of the world’s top ten Rodeos. This year, top cowboys and cowgirls took home $300,000 in prize money. After a disappointing initial performance Sunday in Bareback Riding, Kaycee Feild from Payson, Utah, did not disappoint in the finals. The 2011 World Champion and 2012 Rodeo Houston Champion scored 90 points to add 2012 Cloverdale Rodeo Champion to his list of wins this season. Jesse Wright, one of three Wright brothers to compete in Saddle Bronc at Cloverdale Rodeo, continued his streak as the top earner this year winning $15,000 in the finals. In Ladies Barrel Racing, The 2011 Calgary Stampede Champion, Sydni Blanchard earned the title of 2012 Cloverdale Rodeo Champion. Laura James from Kamloops, was the only BC competitor to place in the finals, finishing fifth. Travis Atkinson from Levi, Utah, was the top bull rider in the finals scoring 89 and earning $16,250 in the Monday finals.
In total, more than 14,000 people turned out to see one of North America’s premier pro rodeos during five performances held throughout the four day event.