The Real West

For over 60 years, The Nicola Valley Rodeo Association has been committed to preserving the ranching & rodeo heritage of the Nicola Valley & creating community. The NVRA hosts a wide range of events, including ranch rodeos, youth rodeos, barrel racing, roping & other equestrian events & clinics. We also host a variety of non-equestrian events.


NEWS FLASH - Barrel races are coming to Merritt! See below.Keep scrolling down to see what is still coming up this year.

LITTLE BRITCHES STALL RESERVATION :(until May 31) 

Our season is April to October

Check out our events calendar to see what's happening at the grounds!

The best place for outdoor events in Merritt

With plenty to offer, including covered stands & lots of room for camping, our grounds will meet your needs!

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    64th Annual Pro Rodeo

    Aug 31 & Sep 1, 2024
    NV Rodeo Grounds

    The 2023 event was a huge success, enjoyed by record crowds. Thank you to our generous sponsors and volunteers for making it possible and a HUGE thank you to everyone that attended. You all helped to make a great weekend happen!SEE YOU ON LABOUR DAY WEEKEND in 2024

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    Electric Rodeo - Edison Motors Go-Kart Challenge

    May 25, 2024
    NV Rodeo Grounds

    HIgh schools across Canada were given electric go-cart packages as special projects. Now they will come together to compete in several categories for the best machine!

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    Jackpot Barrel Racing

    May 28, June 20, July 18
    NV Rodeo Grounds

    Nicola Valley Rodeo Association & Hurricane Productions are working together to provide these BCBRA and CBR Approved BCFDI Side Pots. Please call or text Lisa @250-319-1563 for more information or follow the link below. Hurricane Productions on FacebookEntries:May 29 Jackpot or for late entry: Late entry (link opens May 28)June & July entries to come 

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    Little Britches Rodeo

    June 1 & 2, 2024
    NV Rodeo Grounds

    Another annual event that gives cowboys and cowgirls of the future a chance to develop their skills in competition against others in their age group. This is a family oriented sport that benefits these young competitors in several ways including the responsibility they learn through caring for their animals, as well as the respect, camaraderie and sportsmanship they gain as competitors. Admission is free.

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    BC Cutting Horse Show & Clinic

    June 7 - 9, 2024
    NV Rodeo Grounds

    We are excited to have another cutting show in Merritt! This year it will be in the form of an instructional clinic combined with a competitive evening show. Rooted in ranch work, this popular sport showcases the horse's athleticism and ability to handle cattle. The horse and rider work together as a team to demonstrate their ability.

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    Nicola Valley Kennel Club DOG SHOW

    June 28 - July 1, 2024 
    NV Rodeo Grounds

    This is an all breed conformation dog show and has been a part of Merritt events for over 40 years. Now grown to 4 days, the show promises to be bigger and better than ever. Held for many years in Voght park, this is now an annual event at the rodeo grounds. Spectators are welcome, concession will be open and admission is free! 

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    Canadian Coast Reined Cow Horse Show

    July 6-8, 2024
    NV Rodeo Grounds

    It is such an honour to have the Canadian Coast Reined Cow Horse Association choose Merritt as the location for their Under the Sun Show this year! This is a National Reined Cow Horse Association approved event. The goal of the CCRCHA is to promote and preserve the sport of reined cow horse in Western Canada by offering shows, clinics, events and more.

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    Nicola Valley Ranch Rodeo

    August 24, 2024
    NV Rodeo Grounds

    This event kicks off rodeo week in Merritt and there was a great turnout in 2023, both for teams and spectators. A ranch rodeo is a traditional type of rodeo in which teams of cowboys (and cowgirls) from different ranches compete against each other in events based on the type of work they do every day. Come on out and cheer for our local ranch teams - admission is free! Concession and beer garden will be open. It's a great way to get your rodeo on and ready for the big one on Labour Day weekend?

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    BC Little Britches Finals Rodeo

    Sep 14 & 15, 20
    NVRA Rodeo Grounds

    Our local Little Britches club is thrilled to host the BCLBRA finals in Merritt this year! The provinces top competitors will spent the weekend at NV rodeo grounds to vie for the year's highest honours. We expect several of our local kids to be among them! Admission is free.

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    NVRA Memberships, Roping Nights & Open Riding Info

    2024 Season
    NV Rodeo Grounds

    NVRA is pleased to host open riding at our arena. Click the "more info" link below for times and prices. We are working on scheduling some special fun evenings for 2024. Check back here for updates and join the Facebook group "Merritt Rodeo Grounds Events and Practices" here to stay current.

Family Fun For Everyone!

Get In Touch With Us

Address

499 Lindley Creek Road,Merritt, British Columbia

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