First Rodeo in the Heart of The Reef a Roaring Success!

A rodeo set on the beautiful coastline of the Great Barrier Reef has been hailed a huge success with more than 2,500 people pouring through the gates.

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The Rodeo by the Reef, held on Saturday provided plenty of “dirt and dust” action and entertainment, in Bowen.

World-class bull riding, bronco riding and barrel races were all on show at the rodeo, which took place between the well-known Grand View Hotel and the Bowen foreshore.

Around 85 competitors were vying for cash prizes and the memorable show-stopper also included live music from Golden Guitar winner Troy Kemp, as well as food stalls, activities for the kids, a mechanical bull and a fireworks display.

Tourism Whitsundays Sales & Marketing Manager Tash Wheeler says there was a really great atmosphere at the rodeo, which formed part of the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival whole-of-region celebrations.

“From the moment Golden Guitar winner Troy Kemp sang the National Anthem to kick off proceedings, to the very last event, it was non-stop action.”

“The atmosphere was fantastic and there was strong attendance from not just local residents but state-wide as well.”
Having a Rodeo right beside the waters of the reef seems to have been an idea that has paid off.

“When the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival consortia partners were planning the carnival we wanted to ensure a fair spread of events right across the region to deliver economic impact across the board, and this was definitely achieved for Bowen with the rodeo.”

MS Wheeler says she’d also like to thank all the volunteers on the night from the PCYC and Bowen Seagulls Junior Rugby League, who helped to ensure the event ran smoothly, and of course all sponsors.

The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival (January 13 – 29) was a whole-of-region event to celebrate the arrival of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet and welcome the crews, their families and friends to the wonderful Whitsundays.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only race of its kind and matches experienced skippers with novice sailors, who can take part in just one leg or every leg of the race, which starts and ends in Liverpool in the UK and takes in Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, China, the USA and Northern Ireland.

The Clipper Race crews were due to depart the Whitsundays on Monday, January 29, on the next exciting leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, to China.

RESULTS for the Rodeo by the Reef 27.01.18:

Junior Barrel Race U18
1. Tylah Koulouvi
2. Sophie Miller
3. Jessie Field
4. Klancy Higgins
5. Georgia Simpson

Junior Steer Ride 8-U14
No completed scoring rides

Juvenile Bull Ride 14-U18
Tied first place
a. Lane Hanush
b. Wyatt Milgate

Ladies Barrel Race
1. Emma Hanrahan
2. Shandell Hilditch
3. Lisa Finch
4. Abby Plate
5. Kimberley Bryant

1. Kaelan Jones
2. William York
3. Jordan Iker

1. Jordan Iker
2. Kieran Shaw
3. Robert Hicks
4. Gavin Fry

Novice Bull Ride
1. Stephen Delacourt
2. Wyatt Milgate

Open Bull Ride
1. Beau Willis