Rodeo running through the veins
OCTOBER means one thing for the Holmes family – saddling up while braving the weather the Rose City throws at them – all in the name of supporting the rodeo.
Allora farmers Glen and Christine Holmes have been volunteering for about 10 years at the Campdrafting event with their seven-year-old daughter Kira in tow since she was born.
Kira has been exploring the grounds of the showgrounds since before she could walk and this year, entered in the 2010 Warwick Rodeo Quest for the first time. She was fittingly crowned Miss Tiny Tot.
“The only rodeo I missed was when I was waiting for Kira to be born,” Mrs Holmes said.
“We just volunteer for the campdraft, but this year I think there will be a little more Tiny Tot duties.”
The couple spend their volunteering week removing spent cattle from the arena during the campdrafting events throughout each day.
“They class this event as the biggest event in Australia, I think it’s good to help out and keep it going,” Mr Holmes said.
“This is our sport and we try to put a bit back in to it whenever we can.”
Of all the weather conditions the pair has volunteered through, the hail storm in 2003 stands out in their minds as the worst.
“We were on the horses and the hail was pelting down, it was really stinging,” Mrs Holmes said.
The competition stopped while the hail blanketed the arena and the Holmes tried to find cover from the stinging ice near the chutes.
“The event didn’t stop while it was raining,” Mr Holmes said.
“It’s got to keep going. even if it’s raining — the show must go on.” All the Holmes are big fans of the sporting event and both parents have competed in the event over the years. Now Kira is keen to take up the spotlight.
She competed in a mini campdraft two years ago and is eager to reach the age of eight in November which means she is able to compete.
“Winning Tiny Tot has certainly made her feel a part of it all.”