The Nicola Valley’s Tyson Coutlee rode home in first place in the annual Williams Lake Stampede mountain race on June 29. He won $1,965 for his effort on board his horse Kon. The origins of the mountain race date back to the early days of the Stampede in the ’20s. The treacherous course includes sharp turns, mud, water hazards and a steep drop down to the track at the end.

Cowboys from the Douglas Lake Ranch also took part in this year’s Williams Lake Stampede. Cameron Jacobs won the ranch saddle bronc event, while Joe Roberson finished third. In team competition, Douglas Lake placed first in trailer loading, third in the relay race and fifth in branding. Overall, Douglas Lake finished fourth with 520 points. The winners were the Woodjam Ranch from Horsefly.