“95 Years of Horsing Around”

Bulkley Valley Exhibition
Smithers BC
August 21 – 24, 2014

Horses, horses, horses!

Shine up your boots and dust off the cowboy hat! It’s Rodeo time at the BVX 2014.

Smithers Rodeo Club and the BVX bring back the action packed BCRA Rodeo and Bullarama on August 21st through to August 23rd. We start off the rodeo lineup with the ever popular Bullarama on Thursday evening at 6:00 PM. In this show it’s all bulls, cowboys and pure adrenaline! The cowboys are vying for a $2500 added purse sponsored by Shooting Star Amusements and the Smithers Rodeo Club.

C+ Stock Contractors supply the bulls that each bullrider will get on and attempt to ride the full 8 seconds – on not one but two bulls – during the 2.5 hour performance. The high combined score will be the 2014 SRC Bullarama Champion!

For your half time entertainment this year in all three rodeo performances we have booked 7-time Nationals Finals Rodeo Performer Niki Flundra and her liberty horse act “Unbridled” Niki has entertained crowds at the Calgary Stampede, Houston Stock Show and Rodeo, and Canadian Rodeo Finals among hundreds of rodeos and exhibitions across the US and Canada. You will be amazed at her horsemanship and the partnership with her horses.

Friday and Saturday evening performances start at 5:00 PM and are the BC Rodeo Association-sanctioned events offering a full lineup of Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Ladies Barrels and Bull Riding for the adult competitors.

We have added two brand new events this year for the juniors; Junior Breakaway Roping and Peewee Barrels (10 years and under) to add to their usual lineup of Junior Steer Riding and Junior Barrels.

Wait! There’s more! Also on for all three performances is the Wild Horse Race sanctioned by the Canadian Wild Horse Race Association. Expect to see some local boys competing in this event as well as teams from across BC and Alberta.

The Wild Cow Milking will be on Friday and Saturday, showcasing all local businesses and teams of three trying desperately to get that elusive drop of milk into the pop bottle.

Our shows would not be complete without our announcer Jay Savage back for another year, keeping everyone informed and involved.

Jayson Charters from Merritt joins us this year as our rodeo clown. He’ll be bringing lots of laughs and great skits for your enjoyment.

Also for your enjoyment – and thanks to our great lineup of SUPER sponsors – will be the Rodeo Program complete with a huge selection of prizes donated by our business sponsors. Don’t miss a chance to go home with a helicopter ride or a Cat skiing day pass! Check out all the great sponsors of the rodeo at http://www.smithersrodeoclub.com or fb/smithersrodeoclub. Drop in, say hi and tell them “Smithers Rodeo at the BVX” sent you!

3 Trainers – 3 Horses – 3 Days – 3 Judges

The Trainer of the North is back again for its 5th year at the fall fair. This year’s trainers are Sarah Newman, Gerry Cox, and Severin Pederson.

Sarah was born and raised on a small Kamloops ranch surrounded by horses, a strong competitor at her high school rodeo, she qualified each year for Canadians and Nationals. After high school, she decided she would like to pursue horse training as a career. Sarah really liked the Training Thru Trust Program and has chosen this type of training to further her career. Sheh is now a certified apprentice and has been training full time for the last six years. For all the young ladies that love their horses, come on out and cheer Sarah on!

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Gerry Cox has been a horseman for over 59 years. Gerry and his wife Kathleen own and have been operating a boarding and training facility in Colville, Washington for over 10 years. A cowboy at heart, Gerry has competed in events from team roping, reining and extreme trail events to Mustang Makeover events. This is Gerry’s first colt starting competition after starting over 400 horses in his lifetime and about 25 horses every year. Gerry dedicates his ride to his deceased son, Derek Lee Cox, who passed away 14 years ago. If you want to see a lifetime of experience at work, don’t miss Gerry Cox!

The Perderson Family owns and operates the Bear Creek Ranch in Black Creek, BC. After competing in many rodeo events in high school, Severin won the Arkansas High School Steer Wrestling Champion in 1993. He received a full scholarship to Odessa College in Texas. Severin is a gifted horse trainer, and has competed in many trainers challenges, including our own BVX Trainer of the North in 2010 and 2011. Severin has designed his own program based on the principles of timed release and building a solid foundation. A lifetime of experience has made him efficient, sharp, firm, yet compassionate. Come on out and welcome back a crowd favorite.

The Trainer of the North Completion gets started Thursday August 21, 2014 from 3-6 pm in the riding arena. For a complete schedule listing please visit our web site http://www.bvfair.ca.

A weekend pass will get you in to see all the action the Trainer of the North has to offer. Also, listen to CJFW to win passes into the BVX! Advanced tickets are available now at http://www.bvfair.ca.

The BVX 2014 welcomes The Northern Country Girls Drill Team. Originating in Vanderhoof BC, the team does a choreographed routine on horseback and includes each rider carrying their sponsor’s flag. This is their second year together. Last season they performed at Vanderhoof Rodeo, Equine Fair, Prince George Fair, Vanderhoof Fall Fair, and Burns Lake Fair. Being on a drill team takes a lot of commitment and dedication, along with great riders, amazing horses, and a fantastic coach. They are looking forward to performing at this years’ BVX and hope to see you all there! he drill team will be performing Saturday in the rodeo arena at 3:00 pm, and Sunday in the indoor arena at 12:00 pm. A show not to miss!

The Draft Horse Show starts on Friday at noon with halter classes and continues with the breed classes for Percherons, Belgians, Shires, and Clydesdales. Bright and early at 9 am on Saturday, the Event Classes start with favourties like Wagon and Cart, Log Skidding, and Single Horse Pull.

The Teamster Competition starts the program Sunday morning, followed by various hitch classes, chore team fun class, and then the BC Championship Horse Pull starting at 1:00 pm. Come out and see who can pull the most pounds over their own weight!

The Light Horse Show kicks off on Thursday with the halter classes in the Main Show Ring. Horses are shown “in hand,” meaning that they are led, not ridden, and are judged on their conformation and suitability as breeding stock.

Dressage classes take place Thursday and Friday mornings at 9 am in the Dressage Ring. Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as “the highest expression of horse training,” where “horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.”

The Trail classes are where you will find riders in western-style attire navigating a series of obstacles which can include a small gate, a fake bridge, a set of logs, and tolerate some type of “spooky” obstacle.

Reining classes will showcase western riders guiding their horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops. Reining is often described as a Western form of dressage riding, as it requires the horse to be responsive and in tune with its rider. You can watch the Reining classes on Friday after the Trail competition and Saturday morning starting at 8 am.

In the Driving Ring you will find horses, mules, or donkeys hitched to a wagon, carriage, cart, sleigh, or other horse-drawn vehicle by means of a harness. Pleasure driving is a class that features light breeds of horses and ponies hitched to a two or four wheeled show cart. Come show your support at 9 am on Saturday morning, with fun events in the afternoon.

Don’t miss the Gymkhana classes on Sunday at 1 pm in the Main Show Ring. Always exciting to watch, you can help cheer your favorite horse and rider team on to beat the clock!

B&T Wagon and Sleigh Rides will be offering horse drawn wagon rides at various times during the weekend. To hop on board, look for the pick-up sign located directly behind the rodeo bleachers (and across from the petting zoo). We would like to thank Bryan & Tanis Semeschuk for their sponsorship and continued support.

Kids Stuff! All weekend!

The BVX Fall Fair is featuring some exciting shows and activities in the Family Zone! The Moricetown, Smithers & Telkwa Early Childhood Development Committee is sponsoring Family Zone activities for families with children 0-6 years old.

The Activity Tent will contain various fun things for children to do. Come and create a structure with the different size blocks in the Block Tent. The Parenting Tent is where families can go to take a break or look after their children’s needs.

Our interactive farm to table display is back again this year. Children can pick apples, dig potatoes, and gather eggs.

The Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull was so much fun last year it’s back again. Starting Friday August 22nd and running all weekend, kids can test their abilities with kid against machine. This is a big hit with kids of all ages where they become the stars of the show!

For those interested in interactive and entertaining learning, The Magic Bean is a fun Agricultural Magic show offering a blend of illusion and education.   From the “farm to the kitchen” is the theme to allow kids an understanding of the importance of farm life. This magic show starts also on Friday August 22nd and runs all weekend. For schedule times please refer to http://www.bvfair.ca.

Our ever popular Petting Zoo is back again and runs from 10am to 6 pm Thursday, August 21st – Sunday, August 24th, offering children of all ages the opportunity to get up close and personal with rabbits, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, a donkey, a calf, and ponies. Pony rides and pony cart rides are offered all weekend for the smaller children. Our new petting zoo location can be found behind the exhibit halls and across from the rodeo arena. It is nicely fenced in and provides parents the opportunity to sit and relax while their children visit with their favourite farm animals. Hand wash stations are located at the two entrance/exit gates and visitors are asked to use them as they enter and exit the petting zoo. Don’t miss the petting zoo. You never know what the animals may be up to!

Kids’ entertainment on the Main Stage

When the Music with Marnie show hits the stage, children start moving and grooving. Marnie Grey’s shows consistently sell out across the country because she is “one of the best children’s performers of her generation,” says the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Every performance is high-energy, up on your feet and boogying to the beat experience.

Marnie and her team create a theatrical and magical environment where children can’t help but join in the festivities. The show is visually enhanced with continuous visits from cute and colorful puppets and props and costumed characters that captivate the children and inspire them to participate. This is modern children’s music … and more … at it’s very finest! Marnie will be playing on the Main Stage Friday, August 22nd at 4:00pm, Saturday, August 23rd at 4:00pm, and Sunday, August 24th at 12:00pm.

Also on the Main Stage

The fair will also be featuring Wes Barker, Stunt Magician. He is not just a magician, rather a super awesome, high energy, hilarious, modern, no-rabbits-in-the-hat kind of magician! His show features amazing magic tricks, crazy stunts, crowd interaction, and comedy from start to finish. Barker performs his show across the country, selling out theatres and festival stages. He is one of Canada’s biggest touring magicians and has made appearances on The Comedy Network, Canada’s Got Talent, and YTV. Magic, comedy, and stunts, it’s a show unlike any other! Wes will be performing two shows Friday & Saturday August 22nd & 23rd @ 5 pm.

Friday night, Canadian country music singer-songwriter Aaron Pritchett performs. He has proven himself to be one of the hardest working and sought after artists in the business. With numerous top hits, music videos, tours with Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Brooks & Dunn, he has gained a significant following across Canada. Over his career he has earned many accolades and awards, including a CCMA for Independent Male Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 2007 for the anthem, “Hold My Beer”. His passion and intensity on stage coupled with his unwavering dedication to fans sets him apart from other acts and has helped solidify his success.

With one of the most high energy and dynamic live shows in the business, Aaron continues to wow his audiences all across the country. His fans describe him as humble, thoughtful and one of the nicest guys around and Aaron thanks them all personally via social media for their support. “I love being able to have that one on one connection with my fans”, says Pritchett. “I can’t say enough how fortunate and honored I am to be a part of country music in Canada.”

4-H Celebrates 100th Anniversary

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of 4-H in British Columbia. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. As a 4-H’er, you can have the feeling of accomplishment that comes from trying and succeeding at something new. Come out and support the 4-H clubs on Saturday at 2 pm for the annual 4-H Auction.

And don’t forget the rides!

Shooting Star Amusements will be back again this year. Midnight Madness will be on Thursday August 21st, from 3 pm to midnight. Sunday is family day at the BVX, and Shooting Star Amusements will also have Sunday wristbands. Go to http://www.shootingstar.ca for wristband pricing.

No matter what part of the fair you are attending, the BVX can give you the opportunity to come and join in on “95 Years of Horsing Around”! You couldn’t pack much more into a single weekend! Check the website for details (www.bvfair.ca).

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