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RODEO DROUGHT RUMOURS SLAMMED
RUMOURS the Warwick Rodeo might bite the dust in 2018 have been labelled “bullsh--t” by organisers, who say drought will not stop the famous event in its tracks.
Rodeo chairman Peel Tribe said there was no question the event would go ahead, with more than 4000 head of cattle secured for the rodeo and campdraft in October.
Mr Tribe said drought was not a threat because contracted rodeo bulls were already on feed.
Gill Bros Rodeo and McPhee Rodeo Company are the major suppliers for the rodeo.
Campdraft chairman Geoff Grant was also keen to put rumours to rest.
“The drought is a terrible things but it certainly won’t affect the campdraft,” Mr Grant said.
Less than eight weeks out from the rodeo weekend, Mr Grant said things were looking positive with some new bigtime cattle suppliers coming on board.
“We haven’t even looked at a contingency plan because we don't need one, we don’t sort of see any reason for a contingency plan,” Mr Grant said.
Most of the campdraft cattle will be coming off the paddock, but Mr Grant said the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society would be able to source cattle from feedlots if the situation required.
He said the fact that new suppliers were getting involved was a sign of the rodeo’s growing prestige.
“The committee has gone to a big effort to improve the animal welfare, (the animals) are fed up to the eyeballs,” he said.
SHOW MUST GO ON: Not every bull ride ends a good way. Mike Kenyon captured the bullfighter/protection clowns taking a bull away from a fallen rider at Warwick Rodeo 2016.