Three generations of rodeo riders
THE famous rodeo family of Woods is becoming a dynasty as the third generation competes at Warwick Rodeo this week.
Brothers Alan, Wally and Norm made rodeo history wherever they competed and, when Alan Woods rode the previously unrideable mare, Curio, at Marrabel, South Australia, in 1953, the Woods name became legend.
Although Wally Woods went on to serve a term as president of the then Australian Rough Riders’ Association, Alan became the best known of the three, even having a one-and-a-half times-life-size statue of himself and Curio sculpted at Marrabel.
Alan lived for some years in Warwick before moving to Oakey shortly before he died.
Alan and his wife Barbara’s children were the late Robert Woods and Deana Pendergast, and both competed successfully here in Australia.
Robert also competed with some success on the American rodeo circuit before he too settled in Warwick.
Deana has two sons, Brodie and Lane, and it is the second of these two boys who will return to Warwick this week to compete in the same arena where his late grandfather won the bullock rideg in 1946.
Lane Pendergast, aged only 15, has qualified for the steer ride at the Junior National Finals to be held in conjunction with Warwick Rodeo on Thursday evening, October 28.
His earnings in junior rodeo to this point total $1122 – not bad for a 15-year-old.
The family of the late Tom Willoughby has already had three generations compete in Warwick, as has the family of the late "Iron Man" Jim McGuire, and here locally, the Mangan and Collins families have probably done the same.