Kispiox Rodeo 2012 Celebrates 65 Years
The Kispiox rodeo reportedly had a record breaking attendance this year, for the 65th anniversary people came from all over to watch some of their rather different events.
The 2012 Rodeo Queen Sarah Lazzarotto explains why she thinks the Kispiox rodeo is a hit every year, "I think what makes our rodeo special is all the different events that we have, we have to rescue race and the cow hide race and I don't see these races anywhere else but at the Kispiox rodeo so I think it’s a really special rodeo just because we have lots of unique things here."
President of the Kispiox Rodeo Club says, “I look around and I see all the people here from all over North Western BC, to me it's our heritage it’s our Western Tradition it’s our way of life, it is only one of sports that I know of that it is a family sport and that competitors help each other."
The Kispiox rodeo is not only just a fun family event to watch but full families can participate because there are events for all ages. For the kids they get to be a mutton Buster, Sara explains, "I ride sheep and its very fun."
Year after year people come to support the Kispiox rodeo for some of the most traditional events. Old time cowboy Tommy Engebredson, “The most favourite is saddle bronc riding because it is the original that is how rodeo started, the original two cowboys bet if they could ride this horse you see, but you know its the classy, you got your chaps and your saddle and it’s all in timing you've got be in time with you horse."
Cowboy Steve Hohmann tells us why he enjoys participating in the Kispiox rodeo, “We are in the middle of nowhere and there is so many people and that is great and we see all the people here and we have a good time."
The Rodeo Committee plans to keep improving the grounds for the rodeo to be put on for many more years to come.
Vice President of the Kispiox Rodeo Club Roy Vickers says, “What I would like to see is new grand stands and a new announcer’s booth over there. They are starting to show their age so that our big goal is to get brand new grand stands and so if the rain does set in, most people can be out of the rain."