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TAMBO’s out­back rodeo is one of the two big events on the town’s cal­en­dar.

This year’s event at­tracted crowds from far and wide and there were no se­ri­ous in­juries.

Ni­cole O’Reilly was one of the or­gan­is­ers and has es­ti­mated the event drew a crowd of about 500 or 600.

“I’m not ex­actly sure of num­bers,” she said, be­cause they didn’t charge a door fee.

“It was to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“I think we had around 180 peo­ple ride for the day, dou­bling up com­peti­tors for dif­fer­ent horses”.

There were 15 sep­a­rate events - from mi­nis to bar­rels and open bull.

Clay­ton O’Brien won the open bull ride which Ni­cole says is the most ex­pen­sive event to com­pete in.

But while the day at­tracted the tourists, Ni­cole said it was also a great event for lo­cals.

Lo­cal Tom Web­ster won the sad­dle ride and came sec­ond in the bul­lock.

“A fair few lo­cal ju­niors ride in the ju­nior steer ride,” she said.

“A cou­ple of lo­cal riders ride in the sad­dle rides and the open steers and the novice bull rides.

“We had a DJ through­out the day DJing the event and at night, ev­ery­one stayed on – there was a bar,” she said.

“We took a fair bit of money over the bar”.

Ni­cole said the event was very suc­cess­ful.

“I felt the crowd num­bers were up from last year,” she said.

“We didn’t re­ally have any ma­jor in­juries for the day”

“No­body was taken away. It was mostly just cuts and bruises.

“I’m re­ally happy about that.

“Ev­ery­one had fun”.


YEE HA: Billy Blacker from Charleville en­joy­ing the ups and downs of rodeo rid­ing.

Hay­den John­son from Tambo.

Jake Kay hangs on tight.

Tambo’s Kyle Smith gets into rhythm.

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