Originally written by SIMON BAMPFIELD
THE Tyrendarra Rodeo turns 10 years old tonight and as a present to spectators two former Australian National champion bull riders will compete.
Tyrendarra secured the services of twice Australian bull riding champion Scott Fraser, who took out the titles in 1995 and 1996, and also the popular Gavin Woodall who won the premier bull riding trophy in 1997.
“You’re seeing some of the best bull riding talents Australia has seen,” organiser Greg Frost said.
Crowds at the rodeo have been excellent during recent times at the Tyrendarra Rodeo and tonight’s event will be no different.
“We would imagine a similar crowd to last year will be here, we have a good core following.”
Going back 10 years ago it was a big decision to move into the rodeo territory.
“It was with great apprehension when we started it 10 years ago because they aren’t cheap to run, but it has grown to what it is today.”
Tyrendarra bit the bullet and started the event for various reasons.
“Rodeos weren’t as popular as they are nowadays, but we were just after an alternative form of entertainment, more of a family atmosphere.”
The Tyrendarra event has seen rodeos throughout country Victoria spring up in recent years with great success.
“It has been growing momentum each year and now there are rodeos in Warrnambool, Colac, Tyrendarra, Portland and Dartmoor.”
There are plenty of events for spectators to watch tonight, the bull ride, bareback bronc riding, rope and tie, steer wrestling, team roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, second division bull ride and second division bronc.
“We have our usual variety of events, it’s not just the bull riding, we cover the whole spectrum of an Australian Professional Rodeo Association points system event.”
The events held at the Tyrendarra Rodeo go towards the APRA points system for the yearly awards so competitors will be trying their best to claim victory.
Numbers for the event are plentiful, especially with a bareback theme.
“We have a very high number of bareback riders so that is something unique.”
Planning for an event to this magnitude takes hours of preparation, but if there is one thing the Tyrendarra organisers love to do, it is giving spectators the best possible rodeo experience.
“We’ve again focused on seating as a priority to provide a good viewing advantage for all of the spectators and along with that is the safety aspects which are important.”
The seating at the rodeo has always been good and slight improvements each year mean great viewing by all.
The gates for the rodeo will open at 4pm today.
Action may get under way straight away with trials to commence from 4.30pm if necessary.
Prices for admission will be $12 adults, children (under-15) and pensioners $6 and a family ticket, consisting of two adults and two children is valued at $30.
Full catering is available and strictly no BYO alcohol.
There is also plenty to do for the kids with children’s amusements available while for the older ones there will be entertainment after the rodeo as well.