The bareback competition at Stanthorpe Rodeo on Saturday, March 4 2017.
The bareback competition at Stanthorpe Rodeo on Saturday, March 4 2017. Liana Turner

Deluge no big dampener on Stanthorpe Rodeo

THE rain wasn't enough to scare the competitors away at the Stanthorpe Rodeo.

Rodeo subcommittee chairman Brett Gallaway said while the evening deluge saw some spectators seek drier grounds, Saturday's event was an overall success.

Mr Gallaway said 1100 people passed through the gates, while competitor numbers were up about 100 from last year, at a total of 300.

"It was very good,” Mr Gallaway said.

"It was a shame about the rain, but you can't help it.”

He said the committee had received great feedback from riders on works which had recently gone into improving the arena.

This included new fencing and the removal of rocks under the surface.

"A lot of work went into the arena and it held up really well in the rain,” Mr Gallaway said.

He said many of the competitors had welcomed the works and he expected many to return next year.

Stanthorpe man Aiden Halford had the chance to attempt to ride notorious bull, Suicidal, which has never been ridden.

He held on for a split second, before tumbling like all riders before him.

Mr Gallaway said there was "no shame” in falling from this bull.

"He's the best bull going around,” he said.

Fellow Stanthorpe rider Lukas Wilkinson came third in the bareback bronco ride.

For more results, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Stanthorpe Border Post.

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