Rodeo action for all ages

Bob GarnantCountryman

Excitement is riding high as cowboys and girls of all ages are preparing for the annual Charity Rodeo event, which will be held at the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon on Saturday, May 21, at 7pm.

Junior barrel racer Samantha Collins, 4, of Muchea, has her pony Sunny in training. In her first year of rodeo, the young cowgirl is upbeat on her gentle Shetland’s progress.

Come rodeo night, Samantha is expecting a fast time in an anticipated match-up against the mighty roar of a pee-wee motorbike opponent. “My pony will gallop home for a win,” she said.

Her proud parents, Mick and Julie Collins, said their dynamo daughter should have the full support of the crowd behind her.

After all, Julie said, “she does lead with a carrot stick”.

Samantha and her family are also encouraged by the rodeo’s commitment to raise funds for the victims of the Carnarvon floods.

Organiser Jo Kestel said the Charity Rodeo, which was established last year, will provide great entertainment for fans while providing funds for those in need.

“Some of WA’s best cowboys will attempt to buck-out some of the State’s most ferocious bulls and broncs,” Jo said.

Australind cowboy Mick Mullane will take on the bull called Bermuda, while the special effects lighting technicians intensify the experience with effects.

Mick said the bull usually exploded out of the chute and spun hard. “I aim to do my best to cover him and give the crowd a big thrill,” he said.

Added to all the bucking action, WA’s fastest cowgirls have been gearing up their horses for one of the best barrel races of the year.

Last year, a number of female barrel racers came home with wins and the Brigadoon event is building to be a real contest.

For information and sponsorship opportunities, phone Ms Kestel on 0407 984 473.

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