Big spills thrill rodeo crowd

MORE than 2000 spectators were treated to thrilling bull-riding action at the third annual Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Rodeo at McDonald Park on Saturday night.

Woodall Rodeo Promotions owner Ron Woodall said crowd numbers were well up on last year’s 

event.

“This year the crowd was a lot better - it was a good response,” he said. 

Riders went head-to-head in events including the prestigious open bull ride, the open saddle bronco ride, bareback bronco ride and the second division bull ride.

A whip-cracking demonstration, a women’s barrel race, a junior barrel race and a junior steer ride also featured at the event.

Mr Woodall said the bull and bronco rides were crowd favourites.

“All the bulls were really good,“ he said.

“The riders from Queensland were great.”

Run by the East Gambier Sportsmen’s Club and Woodall Rodeo Promotions, the event has proven popular in the past two years, with more than 5000 people attending across 2011 and 2012.

Crowd numbers were slightly down last year, believed to be due to the rodeo being held in cooler weather in March, discouraging potential attendees.

The rodeo will be held for a further three years, with the next event scheduled for January 11, 2014.

Woodall Rodeo Promotions, which is based just across the border, breeds animals specifically for rodeo shows, with operators stating they are committed to a high-quality level of treatment for all animals involved.

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