2015 National High School Rodeo Finals
July 12 - 18th, 2015 @ Rock Springs, Wyoming
2015 Jr High National Rodeo Finals
June 21 - 27th, 2015 @ Des Moines, Iowa
On March 5, 2014, OHSRA lost one of its beloved family members,
Ben “High Pitch” Samplonius.
Ben became a member of our Rodeo Family in April 2011 while shadowing another bullfighter. Ben continued on from there to become “our bullfighter”. He was an extremely talented and gifted young man.
Loved by all who competed in the arena requiring his expertise during rough stock events and by those of other events as he leant a helping hand to assist wherever he could and also by the Board of Directors and parents for his constant encouragement to the competing members.
Ben had an incredible sense of humour that we all had the benefit of seeing at every event. He also had a unique way of making friends with whomever he met and maintaining those friendships. We all looked forward to our next rodeo so we could see Ben and enjoy his stories and humour.
Ben enjoyed life, his friends, his animals and Rodeo. He exemplified humanity and kindness to all. He was also extremely gracious and could take the good with the bad. He never looked for recognition of his achievements and took advantage of learning from everyone and sharing that experience both in and outside the arena.
There is not a member of our Rodeo Family who would not call Ben a true friend. In remembering him, we will always remember his HUGE smiles, infectious laugh and loving nature.
The Ontario High School Rodeo community is saddened with the word of the passing of Rick Adamson whom had lost a battle with cancer.
Rick was a member of the Hillsburgh Fire Department (Erin-Hillsburgh Firefighters) and recently was bestowed an honour for over 20 years of exemplary service.
Around the High School Rodeo Arena, Rick served as one of our Paramedics at events at TLC Quarter Horses, Erin Fairgrounds and even beyond. He truly became a member of our family, on a first-name basis with a lot of our competitors, parents and personnel. Our events were brighter with his presence; as he was always there to cheer on competitors and share laughs with the crew afterwards.
He will certainly be missed by many in our rodeo community, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this trying time.
Arrangements and information will be made available at the Butcher Family Funeral Home (Erin) website
OHSRA Sanctioned Rodeos 1 and 2
OHSRA Sanctioned Rodeos 3 and 4
National Jr High Finals Rodeo
National Jr High Finals Rodeo, Des Moines, Iowa, June 21st - 27th, 2015
National High School Finals Rodeo
National High School Finals Rodeo, Rock Springs, Wyoming, July 12th - 18th, 2015