Rodeo rings in 2017

En­thu­si­asts from across re­gion con­verge on Goomeri

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Cal­lum Dick Cal­lum.Dick@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

IF YOU asked the hun­dreds at the Goomeri Rodeo on Satur­day if they would pre­fer to ring in their new year at the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge, they would laugh you back out the gate.

Rodeo en­thu­si­asts from across the state con­verged on the town at the week­end for the Na­tional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion’s Goomeri Show Rodeo.

A packed field of com­peti­tors across more than 40 events put on a show for spec­ta­tors, with ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion lead­ing into the main events as the sun set on 2016.

Rodeo trea­surer Tr­ish McArthur was on hand for her third rodeo, and although she strug­gled to get out of the of­fice on the night was ec­static with the turnout.

“It was a very long night, but it was an ex­cel­lent one – every­one en­joyed them­selves,” McArthur said.

“There’s a lot of fam­i­lies that en­joy com­ing to the rodeo, and it’s some­thing for the young ones as well. It was a great way to cel­e­brate the new year.

“We were very happy with the crowd.”

Tem­per­a­tures soared and the ac­tion heated up, but for a brief mo­ment eyes turned from the ring to the carpark when a smug­gled-in fire­work ex­ploded.

“Oh I didn’t know about that, but it doesn’t sur­prise me (some­thing like that hap­pened),” McArthur said.

After po­lice in­ter­ven­tion, at­ten­tion re­turned to the ac­tion in the ring, where Matthew Carlo claimed the $1000 prize for the open bull ride ahead of Dave Mawhin­ney and Tay­lor Schultz. Brian Cop­per was crowned the novice bull cham­pion. Pro­vided re­sults Un­der 12 Pod­dys: 1. Ty Payne, 2. Nash Jones, An­gus Hol­land, 4. Dy­lan Meech, Jemmah Sta­ple­ton, James Parker.

Girls Bar­rel Race: 1. El­lie Granger, 2. Rachel Lit­tle, 3. Sharni Webb, 4. Teal Ay­ers.

Un­der-18 Bar­rel Race: 1. Ri­ley Spring, 2. Emi Carl­son, 3. Brooke Read, 4. Cas­sidy Howard.

Sad­dle Ride: 1. Brad War­bur­ton, 2. Michael Ney­lon, 3. Robert Dawson.

Open Bull: 1. Matthew Carlo, 2. Dave Mawhin­ney, 3. Tay­lor Schultz.

Novice Bull: 1. Brian Cooper, 2. Char­lie Bond.

PHOTO: CAL­LUM DICK

IN THE RING: The Team rop­ing event at the Goomeri Rodeo.

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