Murrumbateman cemented its place on Australia’s rodeo calendar, following a successful Pro Rodeo Stampede at the weekend.
The event enticed around 1500 people to the town’s recreational grounds, more than double the amount that turned out in 2012.
“It was a great day on Sunday,” tournament organiser Matt Darmody told the Tribune.
“I have already had people coming up to me, offering sponsorship for next year’s event.”
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Some of the country’s best riders participated but it was Tim Amey who took out the feature Bull Ride event. Riding Texas Del Rio he scored 86 points, which proved too good for any other competitor.
In the Open Bull Ride, Troy Cross was the only rider able to stay on his bull, Monster Mash, and he got the win and 83 points for his effort.
The Saddle Bronc was won by Sheb Pendergast (83 points), the Ladies Barrel race by Laura Papatheofanouf and the DJ Butchery Novice Bullride by Jason Collins of Wagga Wagga.
Yass identity Michelle Bush was just edged by Michelle O’Neill in the Novice Barrel race.
Yass local Nick Pollack in the barrel and Duncan Burleigh, a clown who came out of retirement for the event, were two big highlights of the day.
“Nick did an awesome job, he got smashed a bit but he did do really well.”
“Duncan was a highlight and he has that job every year for as long as he wants to keep coming out of retirement.”
Darmody wanted to thank the McClung family, the Bigg family and local Nic Darmody for their efforts on the weekend.
“The event can’t happen without them and it’s important they are thanked.”
Matt Darmody, who participated as a rodeo clown on Sunday, said the improvement of the Murrumbateman Rural Supplies sponsored event was great to see and something he can’t wait to build on.
“We are definitely back on again next year. I couldn’t believe how big the carnival got this year and next year we can go even bigger.”