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.
Scroll down to see upcoming events for 2023. We are still taking bookings and more events may be added soon.
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Our season is April to October
The best place for outdoor events in Merritt
NVRA Memberships, Roping Nights & Open Riding Info
NVRA is pleased to host open riding at our arena. Click the "more info" link below for times and prices. Sadly we were unable to set up our regular weekly roping in 2022, but are working on scheduling some special fun evenings for 2023. Check back here for updates and join our Facebook group "Merritt Rodeo Grounds Events and Practices" here to stay current.
Little Britches Rodeo
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.
BC Cutting Horse shows
Cutting shows are coming to Merritt! Cutting is a judged event where a horse and rider must demonstrate their skill by separating a single cow from a herd and keep it from returning. For a timed 2.5 minutes the team of rider and horse must demonstrate the natural ability of a cow horse to track and read that cow to prevent it from returning to the herd. Cutting has turned into a competitive sport that originated from ranching.
The annual gathering and AGM for members of this organization. BCHBC provides equestrians who are interested in trail riding and the back country with a safe and social learning atmosphere where people of all ages can enjoy trail riding and the wilderness experience.
Nicola Valley Kennel Club DOG SHOW
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 the second year we have hosted the club at the rodeo grounds. Spectators are welcome, concession will be open and admission is free!
Canadian Bluemoon Elvis Festival
This great little music festival pays tribute to one of the world’s best entertainers, Elvis Presley, with a shout out to other greats as well, this year featuring Shania Twain. This is a charity weekend event that will raise funds for the B.C. Wounded Warriors/First Responders Foundation. Come and enjoy a terrific line up of talented performers all weekend long.
Nicola Valley Ranch Rodeo
This event kicks off rodeo week in Merritt and there was a great turnout in 2022, 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.
63nd Annual Pro Rodeo
Planning is underway for the 2023 rodeo! The 2022 event was a great 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 NEXT TIME
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Nicola Valley Rodeo Association
Nicola Valley Rodeo Association
499 Lindley Creek Road,Merritt, British Columbia