LOCAL RODEO FOR SADDLES UP NATIONAL AWARD
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.