Hundreds of bullriders strap in for wild ride at Kyogle
RODEOS have long been a part of rural and regional Australia so it makes sense to publish photos unearthed from The Northern Star's archives of one of these events.
The three-day rodeo at Kyogle in August 1984 attracted more than 700 entrants from around the country and boasted an audience of 5000 people for the finals, according to an article published in paper at the time.
The Gippsland and Northern Open Draft was won by Ian Glasby, who rode Rifleman.
Kyogle man Jack McQueen proved his visit to the rodeo was worthwhile when he won the guessing competition for the winning bull-ride score contest.
The previous year's winner of the national rodeo clown competition, Graham Borghero, of Moree, successfully defended his title.
The rodeo clown competition has, as one of its requirements, to goad or clown with the bull to maintain its attention in the ring for 90 seconds.
A 15-year-old bull took the limelight at the rodeo.
Old Howler, owned by Kyogle Rodeo Committee, was used at the rodeo for only the second time in 13 years. Morris Bogey rode the bull for eight seconds before being dislodged just before the qualifying bell rang.
The open bull-ride was won by Graham Alabam, of Hastings Point.