Rodeo action thrills the crowd and organisers

Going, going, gone! Young Stroud cowboy Jack Searle competed in the junior steer ride at Dungog Rodeo on Saturday afternoon.
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Desp[ite a gallant effort the young rider did not complete his alloted time on the beast.

Despite a 40mm downpour of rain on Thursday night which made Dungog Showground a quagmire, Dungog Rodeo organisers are pleased with the weekend event.

Rodeo vice-president David Hudson said it was a very successful rodeo.

“The crowds were starting to come in around 11am which was great,” said Mr Hudson who also coordinator the rodeo rough riding. “Normally we don’t see a lot of people coming in much before twilight, but it seems they wanted to get here early to get a good vantage point. The rain [on Thursday evening] made a real mess of the ground and there was a delay before the campdrafting could start.

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“We knew we couldn’t get a tractor on the ground so we walked stock around to settle it down and make it safer.

“There were really good entries in the rough riding, in fact I think they were up a bit this year.

“There were a lot of young steer riders . . . it was very competitive.

“We held the junior rodeo on Sunday morning instead of Friday night.

“A lot of competitors travel long distances, some up to six and eight hours, and were taking their children out of school to get there. This way they could come sometime on Saturday and head home Sunday afternoon after it was all finished.”

Wallarobba Cricket Club and the rodeo committee ran the canteen in the former Apex stand for the first time this year.

“It was a bit of a learning curve for us but it all ran smoothly,” Mr Hudson said. “We weren’t sure how much food to order in and consequently ran out late on Saturday afternoon.

“We are grateful to the Barrington Bakery, Pete’s Country Cuts and Dungog IGA for opening up to give us more bread, food and drinks at short notice.”

Diane Hopson, who assisted with secretarial dutie, said the gate was up a fair bit on last year.

“There were nearly 500 entries in the campdrafts over the two days which is on par with other years,” Mrs Hopson said. “Despite the delayed start due to the previous night’s rain and the muddy ground, it all went smoothly.”

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