By JACINTA CUMMINS
COWBOYS and cowgirls flocked to Wandoan for the Wandoan APRA Rodeo sponsored by Senex last weekend with committee member Sharna Worsfold saying entry numbers were up across the board.
“We had 28 riders in the Bronc Ride alone which was double what we’ve had and we drew competitors from the coast and as far away as Townsville,” Sharna said.
“This was our first year as an APRA rodeo and we were really lucky to have Gill Brothers Rodeo, Rick Knudsen Bucking Horses and Destiny Downs Cattle Co do the stock, so I think our entries were up due to both of these factors.
“We held an APRA Rodeo School last year to raise money so we could host a bigger and better event this year and from the feedback that we’ve received, it paid off.
“The Bull Ride was the only event that we didn’t increase numbers in, but this was to be expected with other rodeos being held on the same day.
“In a bright sign for the future of rodeo, there was a strong field of junior competitors, especially in the team roping.”
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Competing in two places on the same day proved no barrier for 23-year-old Sam Woodall.
The Victorian cowboy got an early run at Theodore’s Bulls ‘n’ Barrels and took out the Open Bull ride before hitting the road and getting to Wandoan in time for the Open Bull Ride.
It was well worth his effort with Woodall winning the Open Bull Ride at Wandoan with a score of 86 points on Polkadot.
This was Woodall’s first time at Wandoan.
“I’ve done the PBR circuit up here before, but not a lot of the other rodeos so this year I’m going to try and get to as many as I can while Victoria isn’t having rodeos because of Covid,” he said.
“I wanted to get to Wandoan because it’s an APRA event so it counts towards the end of year scores.”
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Senex Community Relations Manager Trevor Robertson said Senex was proud to be the major sponsor of the rodeo.
“The rodeo is a great event for Wandoan and the surrounding communities, the competitors and also the crowd which turned out to cheer the riders on,” he said.
“Much like rodeo is about that connection between rider and beast, Senex Energy connects with the landholders and communities where we operate to help contribute to the vibrancy and sustainability of the local community.”
Wandoan Rodeo Results:
Bull Ride: Sam Woodall
Bareback Ride: Lucas Wilkinson,
Bronc Ride: Tommy Webster,
Barrel Race: Elyssa Kenny
Breakaway Roping: Fallon Mulhall