Williams Lake will be host to the B.C. Barrel Racers Association (BCBRA) finals on Sept. 15, 16 and 17 at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds.
The event was originally scheduled for August but was postponed due to wildfires during August.
This weekend, spectators can come and watch over 320 competitors from across the province converging to compete in the five-division format events. There will be open, junior, senior, lead line (10 and under where leading is allowed), and pee wee (10 and under)categories.
Prizes for winners will include saddles, buckles, blankets and cash prizes of $25,000 in the open category, $750 in pee wee, $1,800 in junior, and $2,000 in senior. Competitors can also buy into two additional side pots for cash payouts, if they are eligible. They can potentially win some of $4,225 in prize money as Canadian Barrel Horse Incentive members and $12, 500 in winnings in a Western Fortunes prize pot.
Competitors will also be eligible to win a young filly horse donated by Simone Fowler with Diamond Seven Performance Horses, as a draw prize. Events will get underway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m., and go until the day’s competitors are finished, with awards on Saturday and Sunday after the competition.
Spectators are welcome and admission is free. A concession will be available during the event and there will also be a Stampede Market taking place in the grandstand area.
With over 500 members in the BCBRA, the event moves around each year. Last year it was in Merritt. The BCBRA has 13 directors from across B.C. and the current president is Bridget Rosette from Williams Lake.