Rodeo bursting at bull-bucking seams
WHILE the Chinchilla Rodeo Committee were prepared for a huge Chinchilla Show Rodeo on Saturday night, the crowd and nomination numbers were unprecedented.
“It was the biggest Chinchilla Show Rodeo,” Committee president Paul Ellem said.
“The security were saying 3,000 people.
“The bronc ride was awesome. (The cowboys were) some of the best seen at Chinchilla Rodeo. All the timed events were the best quality we’ve ever had.”
A combination of great entertainment, including Seleen McAlister and her band, and a huge amount of competitors meant the event was still going strong long after midnight.
The night was not without incident though, with two young riders sustaining injuries in their events.
The more serious one of the two was a broken leg to 15-year-old Jack Summerfield during the bullock ride, resulting in him being airlifted to Toowoomba Hospital.
Bar the unfortunate events, Mr Ellem said the rodeo was a great event with overwhelming community support.
”They love our rodeos,” he said.
”If we didn’t get support from the locals, it wouldn’t be viable to run a rodeo. "
PONY UP: Competitors line-up for the National Anthem during the Chinchilla Show Rodeo opening ceremony on Saturday afternoon.