Injune’s ‘best rodeo yet’
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.