National and Canadian Finals for High School Rodeo Competitors

Katie Holland, with her horse Dan, qualified for the National Junior High School Finals in Gallup, New Mexico

Barriere’s Katie Holland and Tristan Holt show the awards they recently received at the BC High School Rodeo Finals in Hudson Hope.

Barriere’s Katie Holland and Tristan Holt show the awards they recently received at the BC High School Rodeo Finals in Hudson Hope.

The May 18 weekend was a great success for local rodeo competitors at the BC Junior High School Rodeo Finals in Hudson Hope.

Katie Holland, with her horse Dan, had three great runs in girls pole bending, and qualified for the National Junior High School Finals in Gallup, New Mexico. Katie enjoyed a strong season in all her rodeo events, culminating with the Girls Rookie of the Year Buckle for 2012/2013.

Tristan Holt won the BC Reserve Championship in bull riding, as well as the Reserve Championship in chute dogging. He also qualified for both the National Junior High School Finals in Gallup, New Mexico, and the Canadian Junior High School Finals in Nanton, Alberta, for bull riding, chute dogging and goat tying. Tristan had a personal best time at the BC High School finals in chute dogging, throwing his steer down in 2.2 seconds.

Both Tristan and Katie will be representing Team BC at the upcoming Finals this year, but they will be traveling in different directions.

Katie will be traveling south to the Nationals in New Mexico for pole bending, and will be leaving on the two week long trip to get there June 20.

Tristan will be traveling east, deciding to focus his efforts at the Canadian Junior Finals in Nanton, Alberta, for his three events. Tristan will leave for the week long trip to the Canadian Junior Finals on July 23.

Anyone interested in helping to sponsor these two local teens in their quest to make the Canadian and National High School Rodeo Finals, or if you have a fundraiser opportunity they can participate in, please contact Frank Holt at (250) 318-1374.