Being a volunteer in small-town Saskatchewan really means thinking outside of the box. Whether cleaning bathrooms in the early-morning hours, or hosing the arena for dust control…there’s no glory, and it is not always without criticism. They are jobs to be done. Like the popular slogan silk screened on many t-shorts states, the volunteers “just do it”!

The 44th Annual Beechy Western Days Indoor Rodeo is now in the archives, or at least on the website for the world to see. It is not often that we comment on the hockey arena being hot. With record high temperatures blanketing much of southern Saskatchewan and 20 communities breaking records, some from 1917, the rink was indeed HOT! No one complained.


Entries were slightly lower than the previous year and enthusiasm was high. Following the grand entry at each performance, Shannon Schellenberg made us proud with her rendition of our national anthem. Battle River Rodeo, along with imported personnel and the help of several locals, produced one of the smoothest running shows we have seen in recent years. Announcer, Donnie Peacock, judges Jim Buttar and Dale Claypool, and timers, Deanie Ringrose and Rhonda Blenkiron kept the spectators abreast of the action with scores and times relayed as the flag dropped or the bulls and broncs vacated the arena under direction of pickup men, Travis Erickson and Wade Rempel.


Beechy-Demaine Ambulance medical personnel made their presence known early in Friday night’s performance as the saddle bronc, Play Money, rifled Logan Abrahamson onto the ground.  Dr. Glen Griffin (Animal Health Centre Ltd.), Drs. Ryan Ridgway and Lynn Smart (Cattle Care Vet Clinic), and Dr. Julie deMoissac (Bratton Road Vet Clinic) were in attendance Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, to offer care to the equine and bovine athletes. The arena floor was manicured with a tractor supplied by Jay Dee Ag Tech. Craig Stevens was hired as the bullfighter by the stock contractor, Blaine Fyson.


Seventeen bareback riders had scores ranging from 78 to 63 for the top ten who returned to the finals on Sunday. In the long go round Brady Bertram marked 78 on Fancy Nancy.  Staying in the middle of Blaze in the finals, Bertram marked 65 with the option of a reride that resulted in no score. Going into the finals in second hole with a 76, Jonathon Kmita rode Side Swipe to 78 and a combined score of 154 to win the event.


The tie down roping pot was sweetened by 29 cowboys. Shawn Williamson’s 8.3 second run on Saturday night took him to the finals in first spot. When his loop came up empty on Sunday, Riley Warren added 7.9 seconds to his long go time of 8.5 for a $1,152.46 payout.


Dallas Nitchke, Kirk Thompson and Ross Kreutzer were 78, 76 and 75 respectively in the long go of the saddle bronc riding. With no score for Nitchke and 72 for Thompson, it was Kreutzer’s 80-point ride on Recharge in the finals that resulted in him winning $759 for the weekend.


Dustin Walker’s 3.2 second run took him to the finals in first place. However, a broken barrier added to 4.6 seconds on Sunday took him out of contention. Shane Brown was in second spot with 3.8 seconds, and that, combined with 4.1 earned him a total of $1,084.46.


Fifty-four ladies completed the cloverleaf pattern and again a penalty interfered with the leading rider going into the finals, Steffanie Mather (12.81 seconds) and shut her out of a clean sweep. Fourth spot in the long go belonged to Danielle Dinius and her pay cheque of $1,443.12 was the result of near identical runs, 12.98 and 12.95 seconds.


Nicole Panna stopped the clock at 12.96 seconds on Saturday night. However, the fastest run  was turned in by junior barrel racer, Colby Gilbert – a speedy 12.82 seconds. That run, along with her second-place finish in the long go round, gave her an identical aggregate to the open barrel race winner (25.93).


Only three of the team ropers wrapped up their respective steers with legal catches on Sunday. The long go winners with a 5.1 second run, Dallas Kornfeld and Randy Paicu, had no time in the finals. Travis Nicholson and Kent Drake combined 7.1 with 6.2 seconds to win the short go, the average, and nearly $1,500.00 each.


Despite a five-point lead from the long go round, Stetson Lawrence relinquished the short go and the aggregate to Dakota Buttar. Cody Coverchuk and Buttar each had 83 points for their rides on the bulls, Red Zone and Slippery Sam in the long. On Sunday, Buttar marked 86 on Wild Fire, two points better than Coverchuk’s ride on WTF. Lawrence failed to get a mark on Wango Tango. Buttar’s pay day totaled $947.22 and the Brian Claypool Memorial Buckle donated by Ellen Claypool-Marquis and Arlee Claypool of Claypool’s Boot and Jean.


The high point saddle was donated by Norman Tuplin, Lazy RC Ranch (Russ and Cindy Sibbald) and Coteau Hills Transport (Vance and Darcy Allinson). With combined earnings of $1,880.61 in tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping, Shane Brown of Lenore, Manitoba gets to ride this beautiful saddle.


The committee included two novice events during the weekend, bareback and saddle bronc riding. The five entries failed to produce any qualified rides.


Prior to Sunday’s finals, we enjoyed an exhibition run of a reining pattern by Brooklyn Braun. At 13 years old, Brooklyn was the youngest member of Team Saskatchewan when they competed at the Canadian Equestrian Championships in Bromont, Quebec just prior to Beechy Western Days. The event was the first of its kind in Canada and featured teams of riders representing their provinces in three disciplines – dressage, show jumping and reining. Brooklyn and her gelding, Peppys On Top, awed the Beechy crowd with spins, lead changes and slides…just like they did in Bromont when they captured a gold medal in junior reining!


The rink auxiliary again convened enthusiastic groups that flipped pancakes and burgers, cut pies and poured coffee and mochas. Bakersfield supplied the music for the Saturday night dance. The weekend concluded with a roast beef supper in the community hall. Volunteers are the backbone of our community. In many cases we learn by example. Hopefully the stage is set for “the next generation” so Beechy Western Days sees “50”!


Check out Randy Lewis’ images from the rodeo:  The password is cca.


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The winner of the high point saddle, Shane Brown (centre) of Lenore, Manitoba is flanked by two of the donors, Russ Sibbald (Lazy RC Ranch) and Vance Allinson (Coteau Hills Transport). Missing from the photo is the third donor, Norman Tuplin.



Ellen Claypool-Marquis and her son, Dale Claypool, present the Brian Claypool Memorial buckle to Dakota Buttar (centre) of Kindersley.



Brooklyn Braun and her gelding, Peppys On Top, put on a reining demonstration prior to the finals of Beechy Western Days rodeo. Thirteen year old Brooklyn was Team Saskatchewan’s youngest member when she competed at the Canadian Equestrian Championships in Bromont, Quebec. She came home with the gold medal in the junior reining competition.