RIDERS ROPE IN AT RODEO
Spectators gather for a cracking time at the Augathella Easter event
RODEO: Augathella put on its show lights last Saturday night to entertain a crowd of 600 rodeo spectators.
With more than 250 individual nominations for the Easter event, competition was tough.
Augathella Rodeo Diggers Association president Keith Clarke said the event drew a large crowd of spectators and competitors due to its location and upgraded facilities.
“Along with the Augathella races, the rodeo is the biggest economic boost of the year,” Mr Clarke said.
“We draw a large crowd and competitors because of the improvements over the last 10 years.”
A new lighting system, used for the first time this year, gave the competition a new look for night-time events.
“Locals thought the later finish (7.30pm) was great,” Mr Clarke said.
The event also featured a new LED scoreboard.
Named the Queensland Rodeo Association Committee of the Year twice in the past four years, the competition offers riders every event available on the circuit.
Mr Clarke said the Augathella rodeo also gave youths the opportunity to get involved.
“There is a platform in juvenile events and events cater for every age group,” he said.
BIG CROWD: The Augathella rodeo drew spectators from as far as Western Australia to watch some of the best bronc riding in south-west Queensland.