By Dominique Tassell
The Killarney Rodeo is back and better than ever this year.
Drought, the pandemic, and more have meant the rodeo hasn’t run since 2017.
Jan Hamilton, president of the Killarney Rodeo, says entries this year are “great considering our New South Wales competitors won’t be here”.
“They’ll be missed,” she said.
“There’ll be a definite hole in the line-up of competitors without our New South Wales counterparts.”
Many of the entrants this year are families, including husband and wife Mick and Tarni Boyce who will be participating in team racing and barrel racing.
Mitch, Wade, and Brock Eastwell will be competing in the time event, while their mother Julie Small will be competing in the barrel racing event.
Another family team set to compete includes Trevor and Tina Ross, and their daughter Lisa.
Blake and Bianca Weier, and Bianca’s daughter Jayda will also be competing.
Other locals set to compete include Taylor Lockhart, Breese Flocchini, Chris McGahan, Clay Hall, Dan Ruhland, and Kielan Cox.
There will be a full program of rodeo action with events testing the competitors’ skills in open rough stock, time events, barrel racing, mini bulls and junior events.
The competitor receives more points if he can stay on a powerful bull, keeps his rhythm on a bronc, drops off a galloping horse just at the right time, uses his rope with great skill, accurate timing and teamwork. In the junior events mini bulls are a hit with both junior riders and spectators.
You can see all the action ringside or on the big screen.
There will be a bar, BBQ, and music until late.
Bull Ride sponsored by WE R SIGNS/RANBUILD SHEDS WARWICK
Saddle Ride sponsored by T & G DWAN SUPAFLOATS
Bareback Ride sponsored by RAY BUNCH MACHINERY Warwick
Rope & Tie sponsored by John Dee Warwick
Steer Wrestling sponsored by N T L Earth Works Killarney
Team Roping sponsored by Butlers Quarry Products Killarney
Barrel Race sponsored by Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park
Breakaway Roping sponsored by McDougall & Son Warwick
Novice Bull Ride sponsored by Killarney Hotel
Junior Rodeo sponsored by NRA
U18 JNR Barrel Race sponsored by Matt & Tania Weier
U18 JUN Bull Ride sponsored by Ross & Jan Hamilton
U15 MINI Bull Ride sponsored by Warwick Trophies (Geoff & Angela Hamilton)
7-U12 MINI Bull Ride sponsored by Little Rascals (Pat & Lorna McMahon)
U18 Breakaway Roping sponsored by Darren & Julie Small
Chute 1 sponsored by Ryanie for Tyres
Chute 2 sponsored by Gordon Cooper Plumber
Chute 3 sponsored by Cassels Automotive Warwick
Chute 4 sponsored by Southern Downs AG Warwick
Chute 5 sponsored by R & F Steel Building Warwick
Chute 6 sponsored by Warrego Waters Warwick
Time Events Chute/Gate sponsored by Top X Warwick