Storm doesn't dampen rodeo action at Calliope
IT WAS delayed an hour by a thunderstorm, but when it finally started, the Calliope Rodeo turned out to be a bucking blast.
A huge crowd turned out for the event, and although they were prevented for some time from seeing any action, the storm assisted the viewing overall.
"I believe it is growing every year, we had big crowds who had a lot of fun," organiser Desley O'Grady said.
"The thunderstorm that came through actually stopped all the dust."
With more than 40 entries in the ute muster and a huge number of riders competing, the rodeo ran smoothly.
The biggest surprise of the night was in the shootout, where no rider was able to stay atop the raging beasts.
"No riders were able to take the shootout. They all bucked off," O'Grady said.
Outside of the normal rodeo, the meet-and-greet on Saturday morning was a hit, with locals getting to see the riders face to face.
"We had a really good morning, we had about eight cowboys come up," O'Grady said.
Now that the rodeo is done and dusted for another year, work starts on the 2014 edition.
"We need to thank everyone for coming, the crowd behaved themselves, and the sponsors," O'Grady said.
Friday: Open Bull - Jay Borghero; Open Bare Back - Brodie Adams; Saddle Bronc - Kevin Percell; Juvenile Bull - Troy Berry; Local Steer Ride - Mculiey Leather.
Saturday: Peewee Barrel - Bindy Brannock; Junior Barrel - Sarah Morgan; Junior Bull - Liam Cann; Saddle Bronc - Kevin Percell; Junior Steer - Quinn Naracarrar; Ladies Barrel - Sarah Morgan; Open Bare Back - Dan Weedan; Novice Bull - Matthew Marsh and Troy Berry.