Riders are ready for Yass Rodeo

New to the top job, Yass Rodeo Committee president Gary Scanes is taking a relaxed approach to the 2012 Yass Rodeo.

“I’m not one to get too stressed about anything,” Gary told the Tribune this week.

“The committee has done a good job, we have done all the work, and now all we can do is put on a good show and hope the weather is good and the crowds turn out.”

The event will begin at 12pm tomorrow and will start with the novice barrel race before featuring the early rounds of the team roping, steer wrestling and steer undecorating.

The second performance will start at 3pm and will include the junior and juvenile events, as well as rope and tie, breakaway roping and novice bull and saddle riding. Further rounds of team roping, steer wrestling and steer undecorating will also feature.

After an intermission, the big events such as the open bull ride, the open bareback and the open saddle will cap off what is hopefully a memorable evening.

Mr Scanes said the event has something for the whole family and because it is one of the closest rodeos to Canberra, and is on the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft Rodeo Association (ABCRA) calendar, the standard will be excellent.

“There is always something for everyone and there is always a lot of excitement on the day,” he said.

“As usual the standard of riding will be high. There is no Canberra rodeo so people are coming from all over to compete.”

Mr Scanes was quick to thank the event’s sponsors and also Corey Miles and Brendan Abbey who will provide steers, the Hempenstall family who will provide the bulls and Rick Wilson for providing the broncos.

The event will take place at the showground and organisers hope that this year, money can be raised that can go towards improved seating for 2013’s Yass Rodeo.

“There are a few seats at the back that are in a pretty bad way. Hopefully we can raise a bit of money and get them fixed up so that more and more people can watch in future years,” Mr Scanes said.

This year a lot of money was spent on lifting the arena for Occupational Health and Safety purposes.

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