Nicola Valley cowboys excel at Top Hand competition in Barriere
When the dust had settled at the Top Hand Ranch Rodeo in Barriere on the Sept. 22-23 weekend, no fewer than three cowboys from the Nicola Valley had finished in the top six in the competition. (Above, left to right) Russell Clemitson (judge), 1st. place Ed Russell (River Ranch), 2nd. place Cameron Jacobs (Douglas Lake Chapperon Division), 6th. place Chad Seelhof (Woodjam Ranches), 5th. place Mark Elliott (Nicola Ranch), 4th. place Curt Martindale (Quilchena Cattle Co.), 3rd. Place Keely Durrell (Wineglass Ranch), Jason McGillivray (sponsor), Larry Ramstad (judge). A total of 13 cowboys and cowgirls took part in the Top Hand competition, which included two doctoring events as well as a ranch horse event and a horse race. The weekend rodeo also included a saddle bronc event. Douglas Lake’s Jacobs (78/82) emerged as the 2012 Bronc Riding Champion. Douglas Lake Portland Division’s Cash Kerner (61/70) placed second and Portland Divisions Joe Roberson (83/BO) was third.