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QUESNEL RODEO - Reflecting Our Western Heritage

Staying true to our rich western heritage and the “cowboy way”, every third weekend in July, the Quesnel Rodeo Club hosts one of Western Canada’s top amateur rodeos. For the past fifty years, the Quesnel Rodeo has been one of the ultimate rodeos for rodeo stock, contestants and fans.  Our 51st Annual Quesnel Rodeo, July 15th, 16th & 17th will be no different.

British Columbia’s top rodeo contestants and stock along with our rodeo fans will be coming together for an action packed rodeo weekend.  Rodeo fans will experience extreme rodeo competition, including bull fighting entertainment and fan-favorite local events including our Wild Horse Race, our Wild Cow Milking and Tim Hortons Calf Scramble.

If you’re looking to connect with your western roots and exciting family entertainment, nothing equals the excitement and entertainment value of the Quesnel Rodeo.

The Quesnel Rodeo Club’s ability to host these great community-rodeo events is only possible with the great moral and financial support which has been generously provided by our community and our great corporate sponsors.  Be sure to visit “Our Partner’s” page and check out our great community minded corporate sponsors.  To our rodeo fans and corporate sponsors we are truly grateful and say, thank you.

Friday’s rodeo performance starts at 6:45pm. If you are “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” feel free to join in with the Cowboys and Cowgirls as they wear pink in support of the brave women and men in our community who every day battle breast cancer and it’s terrible effects.

Saturday’s rodeo performance starts at 1:00 pm. Saturday is “Fill the Regency Chrysler Truck Box” with food for the Salvation Army Food Bank night. The rodeo performance is dedicated to serving and helping the less fortunate among us. All rodeo contestants and rodeo fans are requested to bring a non-perishable food donation to the rodeo and place the donation in the Regency Chrysler’s Dodge Truck box.

Saturday Night's “Save on Foods” Steak Dinner is a fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital. This great steak dinner will be served directly following Saturday’s rodeo performance.  Look for the Save-On-Foods Steakhouse (tent) conveniently located on the grass field just outside the rodeo grandstands entrance gates. Have a great steak while supporting an even greater cause.

Saturday night’s Rodeo Barn Dance starts at 9:00 pm. Entrance to the dance is by advance ticket purchase only. Tickets for this popular dance will be available for “in person” purchases starting at 9:00 am, July 2nd at Circle “S” Western Wear, 323 Reid Street, Quesnel, B.C. Telephone 250-992-2811. Any remaining tickets will be offered for sale during the rodeo at the Quesnel Rodeo Club Office, Alex Fraser Park. For prices and further information on the Rodeo Dance, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Sunday’s rodeo performance starts at 1:00 pm. This rodeo performance is dedicated to Communities for Veterans and their efforts to bring awareness to communities about the changing face of Canadian veterans.
Go to www.communitiesforveterans.ca

Sandman HotelsQuesnel’s Sandman Hotel is again offering rodeo fans great savings with their Quesnel Rodeo Preferred Rate for hotel rooms.  These preferred room prices are available for any, or all of the following dates: July 14th through to July 18th. When making your reservation ask for the Quesnel Rodeo Preferred Rate #173459.  Contact the Sandman Hotel reservation desk at 1-800-726-3626, or 1-250-747-3511, or click on the Sandman logo to take you to their website.  The number of hotel rooms being offered at the Quesnel Rodeo Preferred Rate is limited.  To ensure that you can enjoy this great rate, book early! 

Save On Foods – Steak Dinner
Saturday, July 16th - 4:00 pm

Save On Foods

Save on Foods, a great community partner, in support of BC Children’s Hospital is pleased to offer rodeo fans a steak and corn on the cob dinner.  This dinner is a fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital.  This great steak dinner will be served directly following Saturday’s rodeo performance. Look for the Save-On-Foods Steakhouse (tent) conveniently located on the grass field just outside the rodeo grandstands entrance gates. Have a great steak while supporting an even greater cause. SaveOnFoods.com

Plan now to have a great steak and support BC Children’s Hospital!!

Cowboys, Horses and the Western Life

Quesnel Rodeo Art Show - July 8th to 30th Quesnel Art Gallery, 500 North Star Road, Quesnel.
To honor and celebrate our western heritage and culture, the Quesnel Rodeo Club is pleased to sponsor Marlene Pegg’s solo exhibition of original paintings and pencil drawings.  Marlene is a respected horse trainer and cattle rancher.  For many years, along with her husband they owned and operated the remote Pelican Lake Ranch.  Now retired from her ranching and horse training career, Marlene continues to express her love for horse and our western culture through her art.  Go to www.quesnelartgallery.com for additional information.

Plan now to attend this exciting art show which will reflect our Rich Western Heritage and Values.

Make Traxx
Chemo RV
Sandman Hotel
Cariboo Ford
Tim Hortons
Alberta Premium
Regency Chrysler
Circle S Western Wear

* Clown/Barrelman:
Earl Anderson
* Rodeo Announcer: Jay Savage
* Grand Entry Act: Cariboo Cowgirls
* Stock Contractors: C Plus Rodeo

McDonald’s Mighty Rough Stock Clinic – Quesnel Rodeo Grounds – July 14, 2016

McDonaldsAlways looking to facilitate a safe and responsible way for young rodeo contestants to enter into the sport of rodeo, Quesnel’s McDonald’s Family Restaurant has partnered with the Quesnel Rodeo Club to host a Saddle Bronc and Bare Back rodeo school for novice rough stock contestants.  With the assistance of local seasoned rodeo contestants, Kaila Mussell will be the school’s head instructor.  Following this school, the Quesnel Rodeo while include Novice Bare Back and Saddle Bronc events where the novice contestants will compete for a Championship Buckle.  For information and registration, contact Ray Jasper, 250-249-5649. www.mcdonalds.ca

Local Entries for Rodeo Events

Entries for our Wild Cow Milking and Flat Race rodeo events,  as well as Local Entries for other rodeo events will be accepted by telephone on the following dates, June 28, 29 & 30 between the hours of 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Contact Lori at 250-249-5805.  Prior to June 30th at 8:00pm, entries may also be submitted by e-mail to qrclocalentries@gmail.com. E-mail entries will only be accepted until 8:00pm, June 30th. 

As our Wild Horse Race is a Canadian Wild Horse Racing Association  (CWHRA) sanction event, all entries for our Wild Horse Race must be made through the CWHRA.  Entry date is June 29th, between 8:00am to 8:00pm (PT).  To enter, telephone 1-404-998-1536. For additional information please visit www.wildhorseracing.ca, or contact Al Puhallo at (250) 992-8168.

Both the Wild Horse Race and Flat Race have added money.

The Quesnel Rodeo Club is a volunteer organization which works to promote and preserve our western traditions, values and heritage and works to enrich the lives of all British Columbians by providing wholesome family entertainment.


I would like to extend a warm and western welcome to all rodeo contestants and rodeo fans to our 51st Annual Quesnel Rodeo.

The modern day cowboy and cowgirl, along with our rodeo have our roots firmly set in the Spanish Caballero and the Mexican Vaqueros who in the year 1598 pushed cattle past the Rio Grande River into what was then the Kingdom of New Mexico, which today is much of the Western USA.  These cattle were driven north to start ranches on the land grants which had been granted by the King of Spain.  In Western Canada, the original cowboys and cowgirls where the First Nations people who were hired by the Hudson Bay Company to manage and tend the livestock herds which many of their fur trading posts maintained to feed their employees and families.  Here in the Cariboo, well before the famous post Civil War cattle drives from Texas to Dodge City and Abilene Kansas, large cattle drives brought cattle from modern day eastern Oregon, through Idaho and Washington State into British Columbia and onto Barkerville to feed the hungry miners.  Between 1858 and 1868 over 22,000 head of cattle were driven into the then British Colony of British Columbia to feed these hungry miners.  A number of these miners and American drovers started some of the earliest cattle ranches in the Cariboo, including the Gang Ranch.  A number of these ranches are still in operation today.

The same skills, determination, commitment, fortitude and willingness to, as they say “Cowboy –Up” that was required by the cowboys and cowgirls who first drove cattle into the Cariboo and started these early ranches, is reflected and valued by the cowboys and cowgirls who compete at the Quesnel Rodeo.

Everyone involved with the Quesnel Rodeo extends a warm western invitation to you to attend our exciting and entertaining 2016 Quesnel Rodeo and connect with our Rich Western Heritage. 

In addition to our summer rodeo, we are pleased to announce that our rodeo club will be hosting the 2016 British Columbia Rodeo Association’s Finals Championship Rodeo, September 16th, 17th & 18th at the Quesnel Rodeo Grounds. 

We look forward to meeting you at the rodeo, where we live our traditions and reflect our rich western heritage.

Respectfully yours,
Ray Jasper, President Quesnel Rodeo Club

* Please be advised that during our rodeo weekend, while on Alex Fraser Park property, all dogs must be leashed and are not allowed to run at large.  With the exception of personal assistance dogs (i.e. seeing eye dogs, etc.), no dogs will be permitted within the Rodeo Arena Grand Stand

Steve Hohman & Babba Ganoosh Mariah Mannering Matt O'Flynn & Diesel Dave - Click to enlarge

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