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Daly Waters Campdraft and Rodeo (Rodeo)

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Daly Waters Events

Friday, May 4, 2012

Over the three days, there’s a variety of outback, adrenalin pumping rodeo events to check out… as well as some that you can join in on. Here’s a beginners guide to some of the events on show.

Campdraft
This is the original Aussie Rules. A sport unique to Australia, a horse rider must separate a bovine out from a small herd in a defined area. The rider then must block the animal two or three times so that the judge can see that the rider has the bovine under control. The rider must then navigate the animal through two pegs and out a gate… all within 40 seconds!

Barrel Racing
A rodeo event that’s particularly for the girls. The rider takes their horse into the arena, and rides it in the shape of a shamrock. The “leafs” of the shamrock are market out by barrels – hence the name. Once the rider has looped around the three barrels and then exits the arena, the event is complete. It’s a time based competition, fastest rider wins… and only one rider at a time of course.

Bronc and bull riding
Perhaps an event that epitomises the rodeo – jump on to a furious bucking bronc (horse) or bull, and stay on until you get thrown off. The idea is to keep only one hand on the horse or bull for at least 8 seconds, if your other hand touches the animal within that time, you’re disqualified. Not for the feint hearted.

Anyone willing to give the barrel race, the bronc ride or bull ride a go, just enter upon arrival

Night time entertainment

Live music will play in the evening and will be well worth stickin’ about for. Of course, food and beverages will be available throughout these outback festivities! Yee haw!

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