New blood for rodeo fam­ily

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MAR­JORIE COOK

The McCarthy name is syn­ony­mous with rodeo at Hawea Flat, and a third gen­er­a­tion is on its way.

Pat McCarthy is a for­mer na­tional steer wrestling and calf rop­ing cham­pion and a rodeo leg­end in the area.

Son Patrick McCarthy is this sea­son’s Wanaka Rodeo arena di­rec­tor for the third time and com­peted again this year.

Patrick and wife Deanna are also strong com­peti­tors and qual­i­fied for the 2016 na­tional fi­nals rodeo.

The cou­ple are ex­pect­ing their first child in May and say this year their main fo­cus will be fam­ily, Patrick’s Farm­build con­struc­tion busi­ness and farming.

Pat moved to Chatto Creek about a month ago, paving the way for Patrick and Deanna to re­turn to Hawea Flat from Can­ter­bury and take over the fam­ily farm.

The cou­ple are plan­ning to con- tinue to the Pat’s McCarthy Jack­pot Rodeo - an off sea­son op­por­tu­nity for de­vel­op­ing ju­nior rodeo en­thu­si­asts and oth­ers to get to­gether.

Deanna grew up in a Wanaka farming fam­ily and had com­peted as a bar­rel racer be­fore be­ing en­cour­aged to join her hus­band in team events.

Patrick grew up rid­ing sheep and calves. He won his first na­tional open team ti­tle when he was 14, but was not el­i­gi­ble for the prize be­cause he was un­der 15.

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