Rodeo rounds kick off in Onslow
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.
Garrum Parker at the Robe River Rodeo in 2014.