Rodeo sparks fu­ture in­ter­est

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Goroke Apex Rodeo or­gan­is­ers are un­sure whether the event will be­come an an­nual fix­ture on the town’s cal­en­dar de­spite hail­ing it as a big suc­cess.

An es­ti­mated crowd of more than 1500 peo­ple at­tended the rodeo at Goroke Show­ground on Satur­day night.

It was the first time the town had hosted a rodeo since the mid-1990s. The event served as a fundraiser for the Apex Club of Goroke.

Club pres­i­dent Jarred Lowe said feed­back from rid­ers and pa­trons had been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive.

“We were very happy with it, that’s for sure, and all the feed­back from peo­ple around the place has been re­ally good,” he said.

“There were com­peti­tors and cow­boys that said if we run it again they’re com­ing back and they’re bring­ing mates.

“All the bull rid­ers think we should be go­ing around again next year, but we’ll have to down as a club and see what we all reckon.”

Mr Lowe ad­mit­ted the ef­fort of or­gan­is­ing the rodeo had been ex­haust­ing.

“There were a lot of peo­ple who put a lot of time and ef­fort into it,” he said.

“The or­gan­is­ing sub­com­mit­tee started work on Thurs­day morn­ing get­ting things in place and we were all still here on Mon­day help­ing clean up.

“We’ll sit down in the next cou­ple of weeks and have a talk about it to see if we can work out the gen­eral feel­ing. I def­i­nitely wouldn’t mind see­ing it go again. Whether I’ve got it in me to do all the work again is a dif­fer­ent story.”

De­spite run­ning at the same time as a Pro­fes­sional Bull Rid­ers rodeo in Bal­larat, Mr Lowe said the qual­ity of rid­ers at Goroke had been high. Hey­wood’s Sam Woodall pock­eted $3720 as the win­ner of the open bull ride sec­tion. sit

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