Sad­dle up

Rodeo rounds kick off in Onslow

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Rodeo sea­son in the West Pil­bara kicks off this week­end in Onslow with a large co­hort of bull and horse rid­ers ex­pected to make the trip to the coastal town.

Held on Satur­day from 11am, the Onslow Rodeo sees com­peti­tors en­ter the ring in all the usual events such as rough stock rid­ing, rop­ing and bar­rel rac­ing.

Onslow Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Shane Strat­ford said de­spite some early con­cerns, spon­sors had jumped on board to help bring the event to­gether.

“We gen­er­ally get a lot of rid­ers up from Perth, but you don’t re­ally know un­til the day,” he said.

“Rodeos are all about the ex­cite­ment, the adrenaline, plus we are in­ter­na­tional — the points rid­ers get here can take them else­where.

“It is a fam­ily event with a jump­ing cas­tle for the kids. It would be good to get those grey no­mads out there on the high­way to come in too.”

Mr Strat­ford said the as­so­ci­a­tion hoped the event would help keep the rodeo cir­cuit alive.

“It’s one of those sports that is strug­gling a bit but we’re try­ing to build it up again,” he said.

“This is the main event for the year. Hope­fully next year we’ll hold a gymkhana as well in April.”

Mr Strat­ford said funds raised by the rodeo were di­rected back into the com­mu­nity and nom­i­nated char­i­ties.

The Robe River Rodeo in Pan­na­won­ica will be held over the first week­end of Septem­ber.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Gar­rum Parker at the Robe River Rodeo in 2014.

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