Dateline Cowichan: Little Britches Rodeo results

Interior view of Thorpe’s furniture store located on the corner of Station and Craig streets that started in 1912. Owner Roland Thorpe is on the right. - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives
Interior view of Thorpe’s furniture store located on the corner of Station and Craig streets that started in 1912. Owner Roland Thorpe is on the right.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives

During the early 1980s, the weekly Cowichan Leader continued to publish lists of youngsters who did well in competitions they enjoyed. At the annual August 1982 Little Britches Rodeo held at the Gibbins Road grounds, Max Brouillard won the high point perpetual trophy for the six and under age group.

He also captured the title of Prince as the winner of highest points over all age groups, taking first place in needle in a haystack, barrel race on foot and untie a ribbon from the goat’s tail. In the seven to 10 age group, Laura Williams was the trophy winner as well as earning the Princess trophy as overall female rodeo winner. Her performance included a first place finish in the barrel race on horse.

Susan Durrance was trophy winner in the 11 to 13 age group with Kenny Elzinga taking the 14- to 16-year olds and Rene Elzinga capturing the trophy for most points in the open jackpot events. Other seven- to 10-year-old winners included Ryan Hall, tie ribbon on goat; Duncan Stead, calf riding; and Tarmii Miskiw, boot race.

A special trophy donated by Floyd Nichols for a costume race was won by Ken Gilbertson. All trophies were donated again this year by Fred Walker and Merv Brown.

1982: golf

Cowichan Golf and Country Club director Ron Loiselle achieved a hole-in-one on the seventh fairway with a nine-iron while playing with Andy Baranuik and George Payne.


1982: rugby

The Cowichan rugby squad captained by Ian Hyde-Lay narrowly lost the final during its first appearance at the Can-Am sevens in Bellingham. The team included Steve Ridenour, Marius Felix, Dwayne Van Eeuwen, Barkley Logan, Derek Garside, Robbie Paris and John McCulloch.


1982: skiing

Seventeen-year-old Shawnigan Lake water skier David Durrant won a gold medal in the jumping competition at Kelowna with a jump of 85 feet, while Shawnigan’s Richard Allan, also 17, won silver with his jump of 65 feet.



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