Rodeo action, rain or shine

Ashley Shaw competing in the Barrel Race. Picture: Julian Lehnert 225459_01

by Julian Lehnert

Bull- and horse riders from all over Queensland competed at a Gayndah rodeo event over the weekend, braving the North Burnett’s rain, wind and mud as they fought for fame and fortune.

Children and adults alike were able to enter in a series of barrel racing and bull riding competitions throughout the day, transforming Gayndah’s showgrounds into a mud-splattered battlefield.

Despite the wet conditions, the event drew a large, enthusiastic crowd as well as almost 100 far-flung and local riders who competed for $4,000 in prize money across eight categories.

Onlookers could enjoy meals and drinks from a variety of food trucks and entertainment by rodeo clown Glenn Cruickshank as they witnessed spectacular feats of strength, hilarious wipe-outs and masterful riding.

Rodeo enthusiasts will next flock to Imbil in the Gympie region, before returning to the North Burnett for the Biggenden rodeo on March 6.