Young Guns Bullarama fundraiser for Farm Kids Fund coming Apr. 6

‘Young Guns’ Bullarama will be held at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere, on April 6, 2013

A ‘Young Guns’ Bullarama will be held at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere, on April 6, 2013, as a fundraiser for the Farm Kids Scholarship Fund.

“This is a rider development Bullarama where novice riders go up against experienced professionals.” said Steven Puhallo, president and founder of the Farm Kids Fund, “This is a great event where people from McBride to Merritt can come see tomorrow’s champions get their start.”

Building off the success of their sold-out New Year’s Eve Bullarama at the North Thompson Agriplex in 2012, Puhallo says,“Our growing fan base are eager for more Bullarama events, so we’re going to put on more. We’ve developed some great partnerships and have more events coming up.”

Farm Kids Fund director of rodeo operations, Ed Lebourdais, is excited about the mentoring and teaching that the younger riders will receive, “These are future champions and we want to make sure they are prepared and ready for professional bull riding. The stock contractors are donating their time, and waiving their chute fees in support of this event. That’s how much they believe in events like this for young riders.”

Jill Hayward, President of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association, which administers the North Thompson Agriplex, says events like this is proving the worth of the Agriplex, “We are seeing more and more agri-tourism events choose Barriere because of the great multi-use facilities we have here.”

Bill Humphreys, Mayor of Barriere sees a growing trend, “Attracting events like this helps to build Barriere’s reputation as an agri-tourism destination.”

Puhallo also noted that this is not an officially sanctioned bull riding event, but that the  program is supported by the Elite Professional Bullriders.

Tickets go on sale March 6, and can be pre-purchased at the North Thompson Star/Journal in Barriere and at the Horse Barn in Kamloops,  or online at

Tickets will also be available at the event, with doors open at 12 noon, and Bullarama at 1 p.m. Bullarama general admission tickets are $10, Kids 12 and under get in free. All prices are subject to 12 per cent HST.

There will be a beer garden and food vendors on site.