Originally written by DEAN MILLARD
THE Tyrendarra Rodeo will return in January following a year in hiatus
due to the Equine Influenza, with the committee planning a full card of
entertainment on the night.
The rodeo’s return has been scheduled for Friday, January 9; with committee
spokesperson Sally Morton saying it would be a welcome return.
“It is a good night, it is good fun,” Morton said.
“It was disappointing not to run it last year, there were a few sad faces around
“It was strange to not go down there.
“There were a few people who were a bit upset that it
wasn’t running, but given that we didn’t have the helpers
and we couldn’t get the horses down because of the EI it
was just a bit too much.”
She said despite the disappointment of having to cancel
last year’s event a strong group of people had stayed
involved with the committee and worked hard to ensure it
bounced back this year.
“We had lots of people last year who were really keen to
keep the ball rolling, so they have stayed on with it.
“We have shifted a few roles around just to breath some
new life into the committee, and that has helped.
“We rely a lot on the local community and the local fellas
with their trucks and tractors and hay bales, so we thought
we would give them a bit of a break as well, because it
takes three or four days to set it all up, so that is a lot of
time away from the farm or work.
“So it worked out kind of good having last year off
because it gave everyone a break.”
This year’s rodeo is planned to feature all the events
previously on offer at the rodeo, including barrel races,
break away roping, bare back saddle bronc and rope and
tie team races, along with the ever popular bull and steer
Morton said the committee was meeting in the coming
week to finalise all the events that would be held on the
night, saying they hoped to keep the event as close to its
prior format as possible.
“We weren’t keen to go back to just running a bull ride,
because our event is just that little bit different, so we
were keen to try and keep it as close to the same as we
could from previous years.”
She said running the event so close to the Christmas/New
Year holiday period was a real advantage for the rodeo as
generally there was still a lot of extra people in the area
that could be attracted to the event.
Further details on the event will be released closer to the