TAMWORTH Pro Rodeo organisers were happy with Saturday night’s event at the AELEC and hope that within three years it will be a focal point on the local sporting calendar.
The APRA event attracted some of the country’s best cowboys and girls and provided the crowd with an entertaining night.
“It was a pretty good show,” organiser Greg Leys said.
“The crowd was a little bit down but there are a lot of things on at the moment.
“Everything ran smoothly and there were no injuries.”
The day started with the juniors in the afternoon.
The main event then took centre stage in the evening with a full rodeo program culminating in the bull ride.
It was a tough night for the cowboys, with the bulls winning on most occasions.
There were a few riders who managed to stay on for the eight seconds however and in the end the title went to Warwick cowboy Lachlan Slade with a score of 82.
Uralla’s Chris Lowe was next best with 76.
Among the other winners during the evening were Fred Osmond from Camerons Corner on the NSW, Queensland and South Australian border with a score of 78 in the bareback and former national champion William Day, who took out the steer wrestling with a time of 4.15 seconds.
The event actually started on Friday night with team roping and the big weekend at the AELEC finished yesterday with the conclusion of that competition, as well as a barrel racing event.
Organisers now want to make the rodeo an annual event.
Once it becomes a fixture on the rodeo calendar it will start to attract bigger entry and spectator numbers.
“Hopefully in two or three years it will start to really build, once people start planning for it,” Leys said.