Rodeo bursts out of gates

Rodeo Extreme is set for today and Saturday (7 p.m.) at Kal Tire Place.

Cowboys and cowgirls will have a chance at a $4,000 weekend as they compete in Rodeo Extreme today and Saturday (7 p.m.) at Kal Tire Place.

The two-day indoor rodeo will feature 10 competitors in each of four events – bull riding, saddle bronc, barrel racing and bareback riding – with the potential to earn $2,000 a night.

Jamie Bruvall, president of Calgary-based promoter Trophy Tournaments, likes how the competition is shaping up.

Quesnel’s Steve Hohmann will be a frequent face throughout the weekend as he has entered everything except barrel racing.

“He’s the toughest cowboy I know,” said Bruvall. “I’m pretty sure if we had guys in the barrels, he’d be in there too.”

Chilliwack’s Kaila Mussel, the only female in North America competing in rough stock events, will take on the men in the saddle bronc.

“She is one of the most talented bronc riders you’ll see,” said Bruvall. “She’s an inspiration to any female in the rodeo world.”

Kamloops’ DeRose brothers, Denver and Gavin, highlight a talented group of bareback riders, while Ryan Jasper of Riske Creek, B.C. should be in the hunt for prize money in bull riding.

“Oh my god that kid can stick to almost anything,” said Bruvall. “He can’t walk a straight line, but put him on the back of a bull and his balance is remarkable.”

Riders will be put up against rough stock provided by Roy and Earl Call of C+ Rodeo in 150 Mile House.

Amanda Fitchett and Tammy Aiello are the lone  Vernon entries and will compete in barrel racing.

Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and are available online at ticketseller.ca. Admission for kids 10 and under is free.

For additional information, including the complete contestant and stock lists, visit www.vernonrodeoextreme.com.