Broome Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Jakeb Wad­dell

It was cow­boy ma­nia in Broome over the week­end as coun­try mu­sic met rodeo for one of the town’s most unique events. Pic­tured is Ian Long be­ing thrown off dur­ing the novice bull ride.

Rodeo fever swept over Broome last week­end but the event meant far more than just bulls, bar­rels, steer­ing and sad­dles.

Salt­wa­ter Coun­try hosted Rhythm and Ride once again on Fri­day and Satur­day, us­ing rodeo and coun­try mu­sic as a tool to en­cour­age lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple to com­pete, train and work to­wards some­thing mean­ing­ful, all the while show­cas­ing some of the best ta­lent in the State.

About 120 com­peti­tors from around WA took part in more than 20 events across the two days, in­clud­ing open bull, cam­p­draft, steer­ing, bar­rel, sad­dle bronc and plenty more.

But it was Wade Mc­Carthy who stole the show by tak­ing out the open bull com­pe­ti­tion, which qual­i­fies him for the Pro­fes­sional Bull Rid­ers Aus­tralia na­tional cir­cuit.

While the ac­tion un­folded in­side the arena, chil­dren were treated to face paint­ing, ta­lent shows, crafter school and dummy rop­ing, while the older crowd had the chance to bootscoot to the sound of acts such as Jadadi and Patrick Cox, Peter Brandy and DJ Wayne Glen­den­ning.

Salt­wa­ter Coun­try chair­woman Cara Peek said the two-day event was a big hit once again.

“We had a re­ally good crowd and com­peti­tor show­ing, that we hope will con­tinue to grow, so a big thanks to all who took part,” she said.

“It is a re­ally fun-lov­ing event that is based on cre­at­ing so­cial out­comes and pro­vid­ing some­thing that is con­nected to the indige­nous pas­toral his­tory of the re­gion.

“It gives the chance for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to shine and we pro­vide these path­ways and en­cour­age peo­ple to en­joy a very di­verse event where ev­ery­one is wel­come to take part.”

The rodeois spon­sored by a num­ber of bod­ies and or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the State Gov­ern­ment and Shire of Broome.

Pic­tures: Jakeb Wad­dell.

Trent Daw­son dur­ing the novice bull event.

Salt­wa­ter Coun­try chair­wom­anCara Peek.

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