Poignant . . . Waimate Rodeo Club president Hamish Wall and the notorious Tonto pay tribute to the late Colin Booth during the Grand Entry on Sunday. PHOTO: PAULA WILLIAMS

The Waimate Rodeo Club honoured one of its most loyal supporters on Sunday.

Colin Booth, who died in August last year, was acknowledged with a new trophy awarded to the person gaining the most points in horse events at the annual Waimate Rodeo.

The Colin John Booth Trophy was presented to Hawke’s Bay rider Ross Dowling.

Mr Booth’s son, Andrew, said his father had been a pick-up rider but gave up when his horse became too old. He remained active in helping run the rodeo.

Andrew and his brother, Nathan, were now on the committee, and another brother, Craig, was also involved. Their late mother had been a volunteer, too.

None of the boys had become rodeo riders though, Andrew said.

It was sad to think their father was not behind the scenes on Sunday, but the rest of the crew stepped up to fill the gap, he said.

It was very moving to have his father remembered with the trophy and an article in the programme.

“There was a good crowd; it was a lovely day.”

Club president Hamish Wall said the tribute to Mr Booth was well received by the crowd.

“He was a big part of our club for 58 years. He looked after the horses at his place for 50-odd years.”

The rodeo had strong support from the local community, Mr Wall said.latest Nike SneakersBoots