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Cariboo’s Loring brothers are ready for new experiences
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Cariboo’s Loring brothers are ready for new experiences

A bunch of Williams Lake brothers set the rodeo circuit on fire.

Riske Creek’s Brandon and Tanner Loring kicked off a new season of bull riding in style last month, both winning in the senior and junior bull riding divisions, respectively, at the Williams Lake High School Rodeo. Bull riding runs in the family, as their father Hugh was also a bull rider in his youth.

Tanner started bull riding at a very young age and competed in his first rodeo, as well as speed pattern racing and timed equestrian events when he was just two years old and has never looked back.

The now 14-year-old has competed in many different competitions and rodeos over the years, such as the BC Little Britches Rodeo, BC Rodeo Association, BC High School Rodeo Association and Jackpot rodeos. His most memorable victory came last year at the Canadian High School Junior Bull Riding Championship in Manitoba. He also placed fourth at the same tournament in junior tie-down roping.

Last October, Tanner was the all-around cowboy, winning the stakes, breakaway and steer riding for the year, and scoring the highest in steer riding. He also earned the most combined points in steer driving, breakaway tying, goat tying, parachute chasing and stakes racing, in addition to taking home the sportsmanship award and the Keith Pozzobon Memorial Buckle, an award that was awarded to the person with the fastest breakaway run. Tanner’s time was 3.4 seconds.

“He tried hard and worked hard, had ups and downs, so it was pretty cool to see him achieve his goal,” Shelly said.

In addition to rodeo events, Tanner enjoys playing basketball, hunting, fishing and working with his parents, Hugh and Shelly, on the ranch.

17-year-old Brandon has been bull riding for about four to five years.

“I first got on steers when I was seven,” he said.

Like his brother, Brandon has also competed in several events and tournaments, with his favorites being parachute chasing, steer riding and now bull riding. His most memorable moment was when he finished the BC High School Rodeo season as the senior bull riding leader.

Brandon competed in the Little Britches Association in the parachute dogging event in 2018 and finished the year in the top 10.

His first year competing in the BC High School Rodeo Association as a chute dogger was in 2019 when he was in Grade 7. He was one of the youngest students to compete in the finals in Merritt and again finished in the top 10.

Brandon attended Mike Gill Chute Dogging School in Merritt in 2018, where he learned a lot from Gill and Cole Scott.

In the 2022 season, both brothers, along with their cousin Kagen Russell, worked hard throughout high school and qualified for the Canadian Rodeo Finals in Swift Current, Sask. Brandon competed in bull riding and Tanner competed in cowboy building, bareback riding, cowboy saddle building, bronc riding, bull riding and calf roping.

At the finals, they both had a number of top finishes, with Tanner finishing seventh across Canada in the junior bull riding.

“The boys had a great time at the finals and gained so much experience,” said Shelly. “Tanner finished first in the junior bull riding on the first day with a bull rider from Manitoba, winning some money and a buckle cup.”

Brandon had some good bull rides, but came up short.

“He walked away with a lot more experience and had so much fun doing it,” Shelly said.

Both Tanner and Brandon are looking forward to the remainder of the 2024 high school season and the multiple rodeos and events they will participate in this year and beyond.

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Brandon Loring competes and wins in bull riding at the Williams Lake High School Spring Rodeo. (Photo submitted)