Williams Lake stampede 2013 lifetime pass recipient really enjoys rodeo.
Roy Slavens served on the Stampede board of directors for a decade and said his involvement with the Stampede goes back to the early 90s when his son Tyler was involved with high school rodeo.
“The high school rodeo club used to have to go down help paint, and get the arena ready for the Stampede so I was involved there,” Slavens said.
He was also involved with the Chilcotin Rodeo Association, which doesn’t exist anymore as it was absorbed by the B.C. Rodeo Association.
While serving on the Stampede board, he was rodeo committee chair. The role involved applying for approval from CPRA. Hiring stock contractors, contact acts, arranging for equipment and ensuring that all of the arena equipment and arena were maintained.
“It became a big job, almost full-time. I was campground director for a couple of years too,” he added.
Two years ago he didn’t let his name stand for re-election and last year he was recovering from surgery and was not able to volunteer very much.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the great people who have dedicated hundreds of hours each year and the volunteers who help ensure we put on a world-class show.”
When asked what he likes about the Stampede he said it’s pretty extensive.
“Just being involved with rodeo people. You get to meet rodeo people from all over North America. The cowboys coming to compete. You get to meet some of the biggest names in rodeo.
Meeting different stock contractors is also a plus, he said.
Slavens also judged for the CRA and the High School Rodeo for a number of years.
“I’ve been involved for quite awhile.”
As long as he can watch the “rough stock” events; bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding he’ll continue to volunteer.
– Written by Monica Lamb-Yorski