Saddle up . . . Waimate rider Scarlett Harborne (7) will compete in the local barrel racing at tomorrow's event. PHOTOS: AERIAL SPORTS & PHOTOGRAPHY

Four South Island barrel racing clubs will attempt to weave their way to top honours tomorrow.

The interclub pole bending competition, involving Canterbury, South Canterbury-North Otago, Central and Southern, will provide the halftime entertainment at the Waimate Rodeo.

Three competitors from each team will compete in a relay race, with two teams facing each other at the same time.

Riders will gallop up to the poles, weave up and down them as fast as possible and gallop back to their team.

Secretary Andrea Harborne said it was the first time the rodeo had held the event, and the committee was looking forward to it.

“We thought it might be quite good to showcase something different,” Harborne said.

Nearly 300 riders would compete in the rodeo’s 15 events, an increase from previous years, thanks to the postponement of the Maniototo Rodeo.

Maniototo will now take place on Sunday.

“A lot of the North Islanders come down to compete, to get more points, and do two rodeos in the one weekend.”

Young Waimate rider Scarlett Harborne (7) will compete in the local barrel racing, and her father, Nye Harborne, with Graeme Purvis, will compete in the team roping.

It was the 65th year of the Waimate rodeo and the committee was looking forward to putting on another good event, Harborne said.

There would also be food, drink stations and children’s entertainment at the Southern Canterbury A&P Showgrounds.

“It’s a good family day out and a good event for the rural communities to come together. It’s very well supported in our area and a lot of people come along – it’s a good day out.”

The first event will get under way tomorrow at 10am.