LO­CAL RODEO FOR SADDLES UP NA­TIONAL AWARD

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE -

PUTTING the brav­ery of cowboys on show in a spe­cially de­signed arena for a large crowd has proved a win­ning com­bi­na­tion for a busi­ness west of Townsville.

The Daikin North Queens­land Elite Rodeo is a fi­nal­ist in the Aus­tralian Event Awards in the best new event cat­e­gory for its sold- out rodeo last year.

Quentin Kersh owns the rodeo ground with his wife Sandy ( pic­tured) and said the event be­gan as an idea to show­case elite rodeo in Aus­tralia.

The in­vi­ta­tion- only rodeo fea­tures 12 com­peti­tors in eight events and Mr Kersh said it was about putting on a spec­ta­cle.

The arena at Her­veys Range Road, Alice River, was de­signed at in­ter­na­tional size with good drainage and green turf.

Large hills around the sta­dium pro­vide spec­ta­tors with good views and it fea­tures western- style tim­ber and rusty steel and iron.

“It looks unique and we’ve de­signed it so the gates work fast,” Mr Kersh said.

“We want it to be a fast event to keep the crowd en­ter­tained.”

Last year about 2500 peo­ple at­tended and the grounds have been up­graded to al­low for an­other 1000 for the Au­gust 26 rodeo this year.

Mr Kersh said it was a fam­ily event and in­cluded jump­ing cas­tles and face paint­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit northqueens­lan­deliterodeo.com.au. The award win­ner will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in Caloun­dra on Septem­ber 13.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

Ac­tion from last year’s Elite Rodeo. Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

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