Local school to host coastal APRA rodeo
WHILE belt buckles and cowboy hats might seem out of place at the beach, the rodeo arena is set for the 2017 St Brendan’s College Central Isuzu Rodeo this Saturday with more than 3000 visitors expected to pour through the gates.
The College’s strong rural and boarding history was the starting point for the event, offering a chance for rural students to hone their bull riding skills and for regional families to make a family weekend visit for all the rodeo action.
There’s even talk about a secret ingredient at St Brendan’s College when it comes to rodeo, as the list grows of St Brendan’s College students and alumni climbing the rankings in Australia, and the world, in bull riding.
Current Year 12 student and 2017 Rodeo Captain, Brady Fielder, has just stepped off the plane, competing in Abilene, Texas in the USA at the World Youth Bull Riding Finals in August following successful Young Guns and
Top Guns seasons.
While over there the Yeppoon local met up with SBC alumni 2016 Seniors Aaron Kleier and Caiden Sandilands who placed 4th and 14th respectively.
Aaron has just come off the back of a huge first season in PBR, taking out 2017 PBR Rookie of the Year, and was just pipped at the post for PBR Australian Champion in his first year as a professional bull rider.
Brady, will lead the St Brendan’s team in the upcoming St Brendan’s College Central Isuzu Rodeo.
He is aiming to follow in these green and gold SBC footsteps, chasing a rodeo career when he leaves school and attributes Rodeo Club and rodeo practice every week as some of the key ingredients to SBC’s success in rodeo.
“Not many other schools give you the opportunity to practice rodeo every week,” Brady said.
“I’ve been a member of Rodeo Club since I came to St Brendan’s College in Year 10 as a boarder,” he said.
“Now, as a day student, I still travel up to the Great Western every week for practice.”
Now in its 22nd year, the St Brendan’s College Central Isuzu Rodeo will kick off at 10am, showcasing the schoolboy events including the Inter-School Rodeo Challenge and Trans-Tasman Rodeo Final and a full APRA-Affiliated Rodeo Program from 5.45pm.
The organisers of the rodeo, the St Brendan’s College P&F, use the event as their major fundraiser.
They are expecting around 300 competitors in the full Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) event which allows APRA members to gain points for their annual tally.
Events include the open bull ride, team roping, saddle bronc, ladies barrel racing, ladies breakaway and steer wrestling from 5.45pm.
ROUGH RIDERS: The St Brendan’s College 2017 Interschool Rodeo Team set for the SBC Rodeo on September 2 (from left to right) Cameron Creevey, Jackson Gray, Logan Beak, Brady Fielder (captain), Izayah Gilby and Caleb Elms.