Last weekend’s Waikouaiti Rodeo proved a huge success, with families enjoying the events and entertainment in fine weather.
The rodeo had a ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ theme for the fifth year as a fundraiser for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, with $10,257 made for the charity through some great sponsorship, sales of bandannas, rodeo gear, NZBCF merchandise and donations.
Youngsters made the most of the Oceana Gold ‘Kids Country Activities’ area where free pony rides, horsey hopper races, roping dummies, face painting and an autograph session with the barrel racers where enjoyed.
A record of 310 competitive runs took place on the day and a total of $15,000 in prize money was paid out, with Mosgiel’s Rhondine Long taking the Open Barrel Race from a field of 37.
Rodeo press officer Henrietta Purvis said the cause was embraced by all involved, culminating in a great day.
“The crowd enjoyed lovely weather and the club was thrilled with the gate takings,” she said.
“The entire day was a sea of pink, with most cowboys and cowgirls wearing pink and the crowd embraced the theme too. Many of them won spot prizes for their costumes.”
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: Tough enough to wear pink: Rachel Third of Bulls competing in the Open Barrel Race – PAULA WILLIAMS