AFTER 150 attempts not one cowboy has managed to go the full eight seconds on Suicidal, but riders will have a chance at the Stanthorpe Rodeo. Photo: Contributed
AFTER 150 attempts not one cowboy has managed to go the full eight seconds on Suicidal, but riders will have a chance at the Stanthorpe Rodeo. Photo: Contributed

Time to kick up dust at rodeo

IN JUST over a week the Stanthorpe Showgrounds will once again be packed- this time with utes, bulls and rodeo-goers.

That's right the 2015 Spano's Super IGA Stanthorpe Rodeo and Ute Show will take place on March 7.

It will be the first time the Stanthorpe Ute Show, which is usually held at the Stanthorpe Show, has teamed up with the rodeo.

Stanthorpe rodeo sub-committee secretary and treasurer Kylee Mochrie said they were hoping to have close to 300 competitors at this year's event.

"The competitor numbers will not be confirmed until the end of the week but we had 235 last year and I am hoping to go over that," she said.

The event will feature a full rodeo program including bull ride, saddle bronc, team roping, barrel racing, poddy ride and steer wrestling.

There will also be a full junior rodeo program offered as well.

Mrs Mochrie said the bounty bull ride would be back again this year as well - once again featuring the bull Suicidal.

"In 150 attempts not one rider has managed to last the eight seconds yet," she said.

"Riders who last the eight seconds in the bull ride will qualify to compete in the bounty event, which has a bounty of $500."

Entertainment will be provided by Jimboomba artists Mik Oberle.

As always the bar will be operating until midnight.

Mrs Mochrie said the sub-committee was very grateful for the support of all their sponsors.

Stanthorpe Ute Show organiser Linda Farren said she hoped the move to host the event alongside the rodeo paid off.

"A lot of ute shows are run in conjunction with rodeos as it makes it a whole weekend of country entertainment," she said.

"You have the ute show in the morning and the rodeo in the afternoon, it brings a lot of people out for the whole weekend."

Ute show entrants just nominate on the day but Ms Farren said she hoped to get at leat 50 entrants.

"We usually get about 40 so 50 or more would be great," she said.

The event will offer a range of categories including street, BnS, chicks, work, feral and classic.

Gates for the Ute Show open at 8am with entries closing at 10am.

The rodeo will get underway from 2pm.

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