Benam Underwood holds on during the Chinchilla Show Rodeo last year.
Benam Underwood holds on during the Chinchilla Show Rodeo last year. Alana Calvert

Rodeo riders get another shot

STAGING two action-packed rodeos in a year is hard work but organisers are confident the Chinchilla Show Rodeo later this month will be bigger and better than ever.

Co-organiser Aaron Ryan, who will also serve as the announcer for the event, said the Chinchilla Show Rodeo would provide non-stop action when it gets underway at 1pm on Saturday, May 27.

One of the highlights of this year's rodeo will be the return of Stuart Timms' bucking bulls.

Timms' beasts stole the show at the Melon Festival Rodeo earlier this year.

"Then we'll have a few of the local celebrities taking part in the bullock ride, which is always a crowd-favourite event,” Ryan said.

Ryan said he was hoping to have Josh Hardemann and Patrick Gleeson lined up for the bullock ride, and "possibly a couple of footballers”.

As well as the usual thrills of the bull, saddle bronc and bareback rides, which will take place on dark, Ryan said the junior contestants would be well catered for with a junior bull ride, juvenile steer ride and junior barrel race planned.

Add into the mix other traditional rodeo events like breakaway roping and barrel racing and the stage is set for a action-packed event.

"The grounds are looking a treat thanks to caretaker Pete and hopefully it should be a great afternoon on the licensed, family-friendly hill,” Ryan said.

"We'll have DJ Brett Cann loud and late until midnight Saturday with an afterparty at the Landmark Bar.”

Entries for the National Rodeo Association-affiliated event opened yesterday and are due to close today.

Ryan said it was expected the event will attract good numbers once again this year.

Last year was the first time the Chinchilla Show Rodeo was affiliated with the NRA and it paid dividends for the committee with the number of contestants up three times on previous years.

"It's probably one of the contestants' favourite rodeos throughout the year,” Ryan said.

"We've been very busy throughout the year.

"We had the Melon Festival rodeo in February and got straight into organising this one.

"We haven't had a lot of time off and it's always a tough year when you run two (rodeos) in the same year but our sponsors have dug deep and stuck with us and we can't thank them enough.

"It's shaping up to be another good rodeo.

"Show time is always a good time of year.”

The rodeo action is scheduled to commence 1pm at the Chinchilla Showgrounds on Zeller Street and purchasing a show ticket will provide automatic entry to the event.

Adult tickets to the show are priced at $15 per day, pensioners and children over five are $5 per day and entry for children under five is free. Family tickets can be purchased for $40.

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