Rodeo burst­ing at bull-buck­ing seams

Chinchilla News - - CHINCHILLA SHOW -

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. "

PHOTO: ALANA CALVERT

PONY UP: Com­peti­tors line-up for the Na­tional An­them dur­ing the Chin­chilla Show Rodeo open­ing cer­e­mony on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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