Pederson and Smith rope Dawson Creek jackpot

Reginal ropers were in Dawson Creek Saturday and Sunday for the Mile Zero Roping Club's (MZRC) Roping Jackpot.

Taking home the first place saddles, were Tomslake's Ingram Pederson from Tomslake for being the weekend's top scoring header, while Fort St. John's Don Smith was the best heeler.

The jackpot was a specially held mid-summer event hosted by the MZRC as it takes a break from its fall and spring-season series. In that series, club members from Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Grande Prairie and Chetwynd compete under the organization of the Smokey River Team Roping Association (SRTRA).

"We had excellent sponsors this year that allowed us to have some extra saddles," explained Mac Leask Sr., president of the MZRC, which just joined the SRTRA this year. "We really wanted to do something extra and we're glad we did because it turned out really well."

Over 200 ropers attended the event to make up 70 teams that roped calves Friday evening and Saturday at Lakota Agriplex to try to advance to each round of qualifications by successfully reeling in their calf. Six saddles and over $1,000 was paid out to the top-eight teams.

Here is how the top eight overall stacked up:

1st - Ingram Pederson and Don Smith.

2nd - Zoe Ross and Mike Ross.

3rd - Lance Isaak and Dale Richardson.

4th - Eric Ehrman and Stan Reid.

5th - Tracy Isaak and Jim Green.

6th - Mitch McNolty and Darcy Snider.

7th - Char Cooper and Rocky Hubley.

8th - Devin Brunelle and Todd McAleney.

The official SRTRA season is set to begin in October.

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