Cariann Breaton from Canal Flats won the open average class competition at last year's event.

Rodeo Grounds ready to host annual barrell jackpot

The annual event was named in memory of Delbert Johnson, a Golden rodeo pioneer.

Golden will have a decidedly western feel to it on May 31 and June 1 when competitors from all over Western Canada ride into the Golden Rodeo Grounds for the 2014 Delbert Johnson Memorial Barrel Jackpot.

The event, now in its second year, was named to honour Delbert Johnson, the longtime president of the Golden Light Horse Club.

“He was the original reason for the rodeo in the community, so we decided as a club that it would be nice to dedicate this to him,” said Club President Shelley Black.

There won’t be a rodeo this year (Black says that is in the club’s plans for the near future), instead riders will compete in both a barrel jackpot and a pole bending event.

A barrel jackpot involves a timed race around a figure eight track, while pole bending involves weaving in and out of a series of poles.

Prizes will be given out to the winners across multiple categories, so it won’t be just the top riders walking away with the cash.

Black is hoping the public will check out all or part of the two day event.

“I encourage everyone to come out and see what it’s all about,” said Black. “Put your hats and boots on and come on down and experience some good old fun.”

Refreshments will be available from the venue’s canteen and a BBQ will take place on the night of May 31 along with some live musical entertainment.

Early risers on Sunday morning will be able to partake in a pancake breakfast before the second day of riding gets underway.

The club will also host its usual fun days throughout the summer, with the first one scheduled to take place on May 25.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for the Delbert Johnson Memorial should contact Black at 344-1425 or apacheshelley@gmail.com.