No fewer than five Merritt Secondary School rodeo competitors have qualified to compete in the Provincial Finals in Williams Lake on the June 8-10 weekend.

The qualifiers to the B.C. championships were determined this week following the final rodeo of the regular season in Valemont on May 26-27.

The top 12 event leaders from each of the north and south regions are eligible to travel to Williams Lake.

Grade 11 student Amy Pozzobon will lead the MSS contingent at Provincials, having qualified in a total of four events.

In the south region, Pozzobon finished 2nd in both ladies’ barrel racing and breakaway roping, 4th in pole bending and 6th in team roping with partner Kristin Bell from Houston, B.C.

Other Merritt Secondary qualifiers are Fallon Fosbery (3rd in barrels, 7th in goat tying and 11th in breakaway), Madison Stoltzfus (2nd in girls’ cow cutting, 7th in breakaway and 11th in goats), Haley Cooper (8th in poles) and Riley Kynoch (1st in steer wrestling).

Kynoch was a winner in Valemont on the Saturday, winning his specialty with an excellent time of 6.1 seconds. On Sunday, the grade 12 MSS student placed second.