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WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – The president of the B.C. High School Rodeo Association announced the cancellation of all spring rodeo events on Thursday.

A letter from Tyler Kosick posted the association’s Facebook page says the board of directors was faced with a difficult decision when the provincial restrictions were announced Monday.

“Although every member of the board had been planning rodeos and wanted nothing more than to push forward with our spring events, we also understand that we cannot ask our members to disobey a direct Public Health Order,” writes Kosick.

Adding to the frustration, Kosick writes that the Alberta High School Rodeo Association is moving forward with their season.

“It’s extremely frustrating to see our counterparts in Alberta running with a full government exemption, but that is the difference between an urban and rural-based government.”

Kosick maintains that the association will continue to fight for junior and senior provincial championships.

“Due to the Provincial Health Orders extended out until the May long weekend, we will be looking to move our junior finals back one weekend given the opportunity to go ahead.”

While the restrictions spelled the end of spring rodeo events, Kosick has done extensive research on what rodeo activities athletes can participate in without breaking health orders.

“All the research I have done will allow for informal youth events within your health district, up to 50 people. This would allow for 20 athletes with one parent each for a total of 40. Add in a couple of timers and volunteers, and you remain under 50 people.”

Kosick encourages all members to keep rodeo alive by continuing to practice.

“Get some kids out for a chute dogging and steer wrestling practice, barrel jackpot, or pole bending competition. Call your local stock contractor to see if you can jump on a bronc or a bull or rope some calves.”

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