In­june’s ‘best rodeo yet’

The Western Star - - Sport - LUCY RUTHER­FORD lucy.ruther­[email protected]­

RODEO: In a year of record­break­ing nom­i­na­tions, the In­june Rodeo had cow­boys and cow­girls from all over Queens­land hold­ing on to their hats in a full day of buck­ing bulls, bar­rel rac­ing and team rop­ing.

In­june Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ken Fien said it was the best turnout for the rodeo he had seen in his five years as pres­i­dent.

“We had 150 com­peti­tors which was pretty pleas­ing,” he said.

“I think it was a mix­ture of things – we had change of as­so­ci­a­tion to the Na­tional Rodeo As­so­ca­tion and the fact it was a full rodeo close to the end of sea­son so a lot of com­peti­tors came out to chase those ex­tra points,” he said.

“The open bull ride is al­ways a favourite with spec­ta­tors, be­cause there’s a lot of ex­cite­ment.

“And we also had a lot of ju­nior com­peti­tors which is great, as it's a way of them get­ting some prac­tice in.”

This year, the event was known as the Meggs Bra­zier Me­mo­rial In­june Rodeo.

This was in ded­i­ca­tion to past pres­i­dents Earnest Meggs se­nior and his son Craig, who passed away not long ago.

“They were al­ways great sup­port­ers of the rodeo so this was our way of show­ing our re­spect,” Fien said.

“They were two good fel­las and we won’t for­get them.”

Fien said the day wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the gen­er­ous sup­port of their spon­sors.

“With­out them we wouldn’t be able to run a rodeo,” he said.

“A big per­cent­age of spon­sors are lo­cal, and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate their help.

“When you’ve got a good crowd and good sup­port from lo­cal com­mu­nity, it’s pretty easy to put on a great day and in my opin­ion, we’ve got one of the best rodeo are­nas around.

“We had a lot of feed­back that we put on a re­ally good show.

“Ex­ec­u­tives of NRA told us com­peti­tors were re­ally pleased and said they’ll be back next year.”

BEST ONE YET: In­june Rodeo had a record-break­ing num­ber of nom­i­na­tions this year, with over 150 com­peti­tors head­ing to the arena on Satur­day.

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