THE Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) celebrated its fifth birthday with the second Tamworth Pro Rodeo.
Co-organiser Phillipa Leys said there were more than 300 competitors across various events who had travelled from many parts of the country at the weekend.
“It was excellent,” she said.
“We had a great rodeo and a huge night.
“There would’ve been more than 1200 people on Saturday night.”
Leys said there was great competition, with good matchings between riders and bucking stock.
The New England North West and Hunter regions also showed their style, with plenty of local riders winning events.
Winners were Lauren Smith from Bendemeer in the Ladies Breakaway Roping, Shane Kenny from Emerald in the Rope and Tie and Troy Burtenshaw from Tooraweenah in Bull Riding.
The Ladies Barrel Race was won by Rachel Little from Queensland, Steer Wrestling by Jade Smith from Scone, Gavin Walker from Benalla and Kasey Kenny from Emerald tied with Lee Shegog from Guanaba and Steve Doneaphy from Woodford in the Team Roping and Mitchel Steiger from Bingara won the Saddle Bronc and David Worsfold from Wandoan the Bareback.
The rodeo also included the world series of Team Roping Australia, which are qualifying events for competitors to rope in the finals in the USA with plenty of prize money on offer.
The Clover Leaf Cruisers also held their campdraft at the weekend and enjoyed a large number of competitors and good competition.