Robert Dominic has been the rodeo president for the Doig River Rodeo since 1988 and in that time it’s impact has developed astronomically.
So Saturday and Sunday, it was no surprise that nearly 100 rodeo hopefuls once again flocked to the Doig River First Nation to continue the tradition and compete against some of the best and brightest in Northern B.C. and Alberta.
Dominic explained that it is the commitment from those individuals and sponsors outside of Doig that continue to make the event a success year after year.
“It’s good to see our neighbours back up from down south and Alberta. All those people that come back, every year they love the rodeo. It’s good to see the same people that never miss. There’s a neighbour Len Copeland, he’s about 90 and he comes every year to our rodeo,” Dominic said.
Doig River First Nation Chief Norman Davis was also appreciative of support from communities across Northeast B.C. and Alberta.
“We have this rodeo going year after year and the community wanted to have some sort of event that draws people here for a friendly rodeo, it’s good to see competitors come all the way here to compete,” he said.
One of those supporters was Chetwynd cowgirl Rylee Trenholm, who took home top spot in the ladies barrel racing on Saturday and said after a long hiatus in Doig, it was nice to be back and facing some tough competition.
“I’m really happy with it, he worked awesome and he was running hard,” Trenholm said about her horse shortly after 17.212 second ride.
“I was here years ago, I was really little but it’s been a long time. I think it’s a lot of fun, there’s a lot of people that come out to watch and cheer, that makes everything better for the contestants.”
Trenholm just edged out Rose Prairie native Crystal Fraser who finished second, as well as last year’s Saturday barrel racing Champion Frankie Wilson who finished third.
Trenholm’s performance may well have stole the show on Saturday, after the feature bull riding event didn’t exactly go as planned.
It was the Triple Diamond Rodeo stock that showed more than any of the bull riders could, as the bulls bucked off all 12 competitors on Saturday and no qualified rides were registered.
Earlier in the day, before the big boys jumped on the bulls, Terrance Field from Halfway River put forth a thrilling and competition best 76-point ride in junior steer riding.
In one of the first events on Saturday, it was the Dawson Creek team-roping duo of Danny Moore and Rod Spiers that took home top spot.
What made this year’s event even more special for the community in Doig was several of homegrown rodeo competitors taking to the arena, something Dominic hopes inspires youngsters to get involved in the sport.
“They know they have a challenge because they know these people are good riders,” Dominic said of the local talent competing in the rodeo. “We need more of them, that’s why in August the high school rodeo is coming to our rodeo grounds.”
Results from Sunday’s rodeo weren’t available at the time of press.