Ed Russell and his four-year-old horse Rex perform in the Ranch Horse Competition during the Cowboy Summer Festival at O’Keefe Ranch on Sunday.

Ed Russell and his four-year-old horse Rex perform in the Ranch Horse Competition during the Cowboy Summer Festival at O’Keefe Ranch on Sunday.

Coldstream ranch hands rule

Coldstream Ranch finished at the top of the rodeo at the 20th Annual Cowboy Summer Festival at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch on the weekend.

Coldstream Ranch finished at the top of the rodeo at the 20th Annual Cowboy Summer Festival at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch on the weekend.

The trio of Pasal Olivier, Keith Dinwoodie and Carson Rosanki took first place during the Cowboy Skills Rodeo and each received a Franco Silver Bit donated by the ranch.

Stump Lake Ranch came in a close second and Douglas Lake Dry Farm Division took third to round out the top three.

Ed Russel, from the River Ranch took home first place in the Ranch Horse Competition, riding his four-year-old gelding “Rex,” receiving a bosal and mecate donate by Peart Engineering.

The Top Hand Cowboy’s Choice Award went to Greg Graham from Douglas Lake Ranch who received a set of spurs crafted by Jeremiah Watt and donated by Cowboy’s Choice.

Chilco Lake Ranch’s Pat Jasper topped the Reata Long Throw with a 45-foot throw.

Tim Alexis of the Okanagan Indian Band got an honorable mention. Alexis has taken part in the cowboy festival since it began 20 years ago.

Champion farrier, Adam Degenstein, celebrated the cowboy heritage by showing visitors how to shoe Clydesdale horses.

Despite temperatures reaching upwards of 37 degrees Celsius, visitors danced to the good old country music provided by Rob Dinwoodie, the Stump Lake Band, Matt Johnston and were also entertained by two Can Can dance troupes.

Douglas Lake Ranch and the Coldstream Ranch provided the stock for the event while The Paddock, Cowboy’s Choice, Kal Tire, Shephard’s Home Building Centre and Peart Engineering played big roles as sponsors of the festival.