Aus­tralia’s ‘most fa­mous’ rodeo just around the cor­ner

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - COLUMN - . CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­dra.glover@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

“NEVER the horse that couldn’t be rode, never the rider that couldn’t be throwed” this is a say­ing that rid­ers and buck­ing stock try to prove wrong each year at the War­wick Rodeo and Cam­p­draft.

The seven-day pro­gram will be held from Oc­to­ber 22 to 28 this year, with Aus­tralia’s best rodeo rid­ers, broncs, and buck­ing bulls be­ing rep­re­sented.

The rodeo starts on a Wed­nes­day this year with the APRA fi­nals be­ing held on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

The War­wick sec­ond divi­sion rodeo will be held on Satur­day and Sun­day dur­ing the day.

Wed­nes­day night en­try will be free for all ages. It’s the first time peo­ple will be able to come down and have a night of rodeo for free.

War­wick Show and Rodeo So­ci­ety chair­man Peel Tribe said the high­light of the rodeo would be find­ing out the win­ners of the na­tional events.

“Find­ing out who wins the Aus ti­tles in each event on Satur­day night, af­ter four rounds of com­pe­ti­tion will be ex­cit­ing,” Mr Tribe said.

“The rodeo it­self will be ex­cep­tional.

“It’s the most im­por­tant rodeo in Aus­tralia be­cause it’s the na­tional fi­nals.

“It’s four nights. It’s a pretty big deal.

“Last year there were close to 20,000 tick­ets sold over the whole event. We’re hop­ing to ex­ceed that this year.

“We’ll see if that hap­pens be­cause of the dry. It’s still go­ing and lot of peo­ple can’t af­ford to spend the money or leave their prop­er­ties.

“The drought is af­fect­ing ev­ery­one so we won’t have a throw down if we don’t break the record.

“It will still be here next year for peo­ple to at­tend when the sea­son is bet­ter.”

Mr Tribe said War­wick would be the place to be to “see some re­ally good ex­cit­ing cam­p­draft­ing”.

“En­tries are up from 429 com­peti­tors last year to 511 this year for the cam­p­draft,” he said.

“It starts about 5am on Mon­day morn­ing and goes through to Sun­day.”

Cat­tle for the cam­p­draft will be com­ing from lo­cal War­wick sup­plies, Goondi­windi, and as far west as Roma.

PHOTO: MIKE KENYON

BUCK­ING BULL: 2017 War­wick Rodeo Bull Rid­ing cham­pion Jack McArthur, rid­ing Bad At­ti­tude.

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