TAKE DOWN: A competitor leaves his horse to try grasp hold of a steer in the steer wrestling event on Saturday night.
TAKE DOWN: A competitor leaves his horse to try grasp hold of a steer in the steer wrestling event on Saturday night. Matthew Purcell

Rodeo rides out rain

RODEO: Eight seconds in the saddle of a fierce and aggravated beast is never going to be an easy feat - and some found that out the hard way.

The spectacle that is rodeo competition took to the new Stanthorpe Showgrounds arena on Saturday night for a stacked schedule of steer wrestling, bareback, roping and bull riding.

A strong contingent of local riders took to the ring to rapturous applause but it was a backpacker who stole plenty of the limelight.

"We had one of our local backpackers approach us early in the week who wanted to enter into the bareback. He had a really good ride and he won it. He was stoked,” organiser Paula Boatfield said.

"He's a rodeo rider from Canada and he heard our event was on and wanted to know if he could enter and then went and won it.

"Lo and behold he went off to Bell Rodeo the next day - he got the bug.”

Weather proved to be a thorn in organisers' sides but while some spectators didn't persevere, riders were happy.

"People saw some great action in the first round.

"Our rodeo was very well supported by the competitors and the local contractor.

"We put on a pretty good event... then of course we got 19mm (of rain) dumped on us and it seemed to dampen things somewhat.

"We still put on the full program. The competitors still wanted to ride, they're chasing the points still so they want to ride if it's a safe ground.

"Our new arena proved its worth in terms of safety and how it could cope with a weather event like that.

"We were so grateful to the crowd that stayed and they got to see some equally fantastic action in the second round of the rodeo.

Organisers say they managed to attract 1000 to the event. With the new arena, Boatfield said it was garnering attention.

"We're already getting other offers from other rodeo groups to see if they can use the grounds throughout the year.”

Paula paid tribute to the "wealth” of volunteers and sponsors who supported the event.

WINNERS:

Saddle ride - Dale Roberts

Bareback ride - Danny Vandenameele

Rope and tie - Jace Land

Steer wrestling - Luke Ford

Team roping - Clay Gall and Steve Augustin

Open barrel race - Cheyenne Whitwell

Open breakaway roping - Cheyenne Whitwell

Steer undecorating - Mikyla Hogno

Novice bull ride - Jacob Lindley

U18 barrel race - Karlie Rosentreter

U18 breakaway roping - Tahnee Small

U18 bull ride, U12 poddy ride, open bull ride - no scores

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