Cloverdale Rodeo

Stacey Northey makes a turn during barrel racing at Langley Riders arena in 2020. According to rodeocanada.com, an entity called Valley West Stampede Society, led by former Cloverdale Rodeo board executive Rich Kitos, is set to bring a rodeo to Langley in September. (Ron McCarthy/Special to Black Press Media)

Local rodeo set for Labour Day weekend

Former Cloverdale Rodeo Association VP Rich Kitos listed as committee contact

 

Patrick Peters (left), Janet Howell, and Rick Hugh put on a small rodeo event in Hawthorne Square May 21 to help promote the 2023 Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair. (Photo: submitted)

‘Rodeo Days’ held in Hawthorne Square

Event promoted 2023 Rodeo, raised funds for rodeo scholarship program

 

The Turkey’s Party Makers Racing Team crosses the finish line to win the 2022 Bed Pan trophy at the Cloverdale Bed Races May 19. Turkey (left) instructs the team to pull up as they crossed the line with an enormous lead. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Cloverdale Bed Races helps keep ‘the spirit of the rodeo’ alive

Another Bed Pan trophy win for Turkey’s Party Makers

 

Surrey students volunteer for the Cloverdale Rodeo. The Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation is again awarding scholarships to Surrey students who spend their time volunteering. The deadline for applications is May 30. (Photo submitted)

Thousands in scholarship money once again available to Surrey students

Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation offering scholarships, deadline is May 30

Surrey students volunteer for the Cloverdale Rodeo. The Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation is again awarding scholarships to Surrey students who spend their time volunteering. The deadline for applications is May 30. (Photo submitted)
Aaron Grim (left), George Gunnik, and Bryan Grim push Morgan Grim in the team’s new bed racer down 176A Street during the 42nd annual Cloverdale Bed Race in 2019. (Black Press file photo)

Bed Races to roll in May

Despite cancellation of Cloverdale Rodeo, bed races to take place May 19

Aaron Grim (left), George Gunnik, and Bryan Grim push Morgan Grim in the team’s new bed racer down 176A Street during the 42nd annual Cloverdale Bed Race in 2019. (Black Press file photo)
Lumberjack teams compete in a log-sawing competition at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair in 2014. The Cloverdale Rodeo Association has just cancelled the 2022 Country Fair, despite getting City of Surrey permit approval March 7 for the event that was to be held on May long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cloverdale Country Fair cancelled

Permit for fair approved by city last week

Lumberjack teams compete in a log-sawing competition at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair in 2014. The Cloverdale Rodeo Association has just cancelled the 2022 Country Fair, despite getting City of Surrey permit approval March 7 for the event that was to be held on May long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Cloverdale Rodeo Association office is seen in the Alice McKay building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2021. Allegations the Rodeo’s board failed to act to protect workers and volunteers from harassment were brought to light in 2021 complaint. Laura Ballance, inset, is the “representative complainant” in the case now that the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to hear the complaint. (Photo: Malin Jordan. Inset: image via LinkedIn)

Human Rights Tribunal greenlights complaint against Rodeo Association

Former rodeo contractor Laura Ballance takes on role of representative complainant

The Cloverdale Rodeo Association office is seen in the Alice McKay building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2021. Allegations the Rodeo’s board failed to act to protect workers and volunteers from harassment were brought to light in 2021 complaint. Laura Ballance, inset, is the “representative complainant” in the case now that the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to hear the complaint. (Photo: Malin Jordan. Inset: image via LinkedIn)
The office of the Cloverdale Rodeo Association is seen in the Alice McKay building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2021. Allegations the Association’s board failed to act to protect workers and volunteers from harassment by ex-GM Mike MacSorley were brought to light in 2021 when a complaint was filed with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Laura Ballance, inset, said on social media she is now the “Representative Complainant.” (Photo: Malin Jordan. Inset: Image via LinkedIn)

Former rodeo contractor now ‘representative complainant’ in human rights complaint

Laura Ballance, owner of Laura Ballance Media Group, announced decision to ‘take on role’ via social media March 3

The office of the Cloverdale Rodeo Association is seen in the Alice McKay building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2021. Allegations the Association’s board failed to act to protect workers and volunteers from harassment by ex-GM Mike MacSorley were brought to light in 2021 when a complaint was filed with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Laura Ballance, inset, said on social media she is now the “Representative Complainant.” (Photo: Malin Jordan. Inset: Image via LinkedIn)
A barrel racer is seen at the Cloverdale Rodeo. The Rodeo Association announced late Jan. 19 that the 2022 Cloverdale Rodeo has been cancelled. (Photo courtesy Cloverdale Rodeo)

2022 Cloverdale Rodeo cancelled

Rodeo Association to focus on holding Country Fair-only event

A barrel racer is seen at the Cloverdale Rodeo. The Rodeo Association announced late Jan. 19 that the 2022 Cloverdale Rodeo has been cancelled. (Photo courtesy Cloverdale Rodeo)
The Cloverdale Rodeo Association recently held a general meeting Jan. 5 to update its membership on a few key issues. (Image via Twitter: @Paradeguy/Paul Orazietti)

Cloverdale Rodeo may be cancelled for third year in a row

Association president Gerry Spielmacher cites problems with Stetson Bowl

The Cloverdale Rodeo Association recently held a general meeting Jan. 5 to update its membership on a few key issues. (Image via Twitter: @Paradeguy/Paul Orazietti)
The Cloverdale Rodeo office is seen in the Alice McKay building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2021. Four new members were elected to the Rodeo Board after the AGM Oct. 17. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association yet to finalize all board positions

Spielmacher not sure Rodeo Association will hire new GM

The Cloverdale Rodeo office is seen in the Alice McKay building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2021. Four new members were elected to the Rodeo Board after the AGM Oct. 17. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association members cast ballots at the organization’s AGM, held Oct. 17 in the Agriplex. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Shannon Claypool out as president of Rodeo Association

Membership elects four new board members; Gerry Spielmacher new president

Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association members cast ballots at the organization’s AGM, held Oct. 17 in the Agriplex. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Shannon Hall is seen on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2021. The Cloverdale Rodeo Exhibition Association held a general meeting in Shannon Hall Sept. 1 after more than 10 per cent of the membership signed a petition calling on the Board to hold a special assembly to update them on a number of items. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Cloverdale Rodeo Association says City of Surrey owes it north of $400,000

Association updates membership about human rights complaint and other things at special meeting

Shannon Hall is seen on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2021. The Cloverdale Rodeo Exhibition Association held a general meeting in Shannon Hall Sept. 1 after more than 10 per cent of the membership signed a petition calling on the Board to hold a special assembly to update them on a number of items. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Yogesh Bansal walks into the Cloverdale Rodeo Association offices on the Fairgrounds. Bansal, the controller for the Cloverdale Rodeo and a South Asian, said the allegations of anti-South Asian racism being levelled against the former Rodeo GM Mike MacSorely are “absolutely not true.” (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Racism allegations hard to believe say three South Asians with ties to Rodeo

Rodeo employee, contractor, business owner speak out against allegations of racism levelled at former GM MacSorley

Yogesh Bansal walks into the Cloverdale Rodeo Association offices on the Fairgrounds. Bansal, the controller for the Cloverdale Rodeo and a South Asian, said the allegations of anti-South Asian racism being levelled against the former Rodeo GM Mike MacSorely are “absolutely not true.” (Photo: Malin Jordan)
The Cloverdale Rodeo’s office is seen in the Alice McKay building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds July 14, 2021. Allegations the Rodeo’s board failed to act to protect workers and volunteers from harassment by ex-GM Mike MacSorley were brought to light July 13 after a “complaint” was filed with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Cloverdale Rodeo Association addresses Human Rights complaint

‘We want to ensure those employees and volunteers experience a respectful and inclusive environment’, says Rich Kitos

The Cloverdale Rodeo’s office is seen in the Alice McKay building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds July 14, 2021. Allegations the Rodeo’s board failed to act to protect workers and volunteers from harassment by ex-GM Mike MacSorley were brought to light July 13 after a “complaint” was filed with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Map of the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. (Image via City of Surrey)

Cloverdale Rodeo Association will no longer run Fairgrounds

City of Surrey to take over Cloverdale Fairgrounds operation

Map of the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. (Image via City of Surrey)
Mike MacSorley, former general manager of Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association. Allegations of systemic racism and sexism are being levelled at former GM. (File photo)

EXCLUSIVE: Sexism, systemic racism allegations levelled at Cloverdale rodeo association

Human rights complaint accuses former GM Mike MacSorley of abuse; alleges board failed to act

Mike MacSorley, former general manager of Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association. Allegations of systemic racism and sexism are being levelled at former GM. (File photo)
Shannon Claypool, president of the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association, stands outside the Cloverdale Rec. Centre. The rec. centre has been set up as a mass vaccination site by Fraser Health and the Association has decided to cancel the rodeo in order to offer the fairgrounds for public parking. (Submitted)

Second year in a row it’ll be quiet on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds over May Long Weekend

Shannon Claypool says planning for next year is already underway

Shannon Claypool, president of the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association, stands outside the Cloverdale Rec. Centre. The rec. centre has been set up as a mass vaccination site by Fraser Health and the Association has decided to cancel the rodeo in order to offer the fairgrounds for public parking. (Submitted)
Surrey students volunteer for the Cloverdale Rodeo in 2016. The Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation is again awarding scholarships to Surrey students who spend their time volunteering. The deadline for applications is May 21. (Photo submitted)

Thousands of dollars in scholarship money available to Surrey students

Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation offering scholarships, deadline is May 21

Surrey students volunteer for the Cloverdale Rodeo in 2016. The Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation is again awarding scholarships to Surrey students who spend their time volunteering. The deadline for applications is May 21. (Photo submitted)
Shannon Claypool, president of the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association, stands outside the Cloverdale Rec. Centre. The rec. centre has been set up as a mass vaccination site by Fraser Health and the Association has decided to cancel the rodeo in order to offer the fairgrounds for public parking. (Submitted)

Cloverdale Rodeo cancelled

Fairgrounds to be used as public parking for mass vaccination site at Cloverdale Rec. Centre

Shannon Claypool, president of the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association, stands outside the Cloverdale Rec. Centre. The rec. centre has been set up as a mass vaccination site by Fraser Health and the Association has decided to cancel the rodeo in order to offer the fairgrounds for public parking. (Submitted)