Waikouaiti set for 50th rodeo

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The country’s top cowboys and cowgirls will be making their way to Waikouaiti for the town’s 50th annual rodeo on Saturday, February 1.

Henrietta Purvis, of the Waikouaiti Rodeo Association, said up to 300 would be taking part in the range of events – bull ride, saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, rope and tie, barrel race and team roping.

“The top bucking horses in the country are supplied by the Waimate Rodeo Club and will be in action,” said Purvis, who is also competing herself.

She is presently second in the national rankings behind Angie Perkins, of Luggate, in the open barrel race.

The rodeo has raised more than $37,000 for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation in previous years and Purvis said organisers were hoping a substantial sum would be raised this year.

“For the 2013 event the town was literally painted pink during the week leading up to the rodeo.

“All the shops and businesses down the main road put on a marvellous display of everything pink,” she said.

A local hairdresser painted the shop front pink and pink bread was being sold at the bakery.

“Waikouaiti will once again ‘go pink’ and New Zealand top’s female rally driver Emma Gilmour will judge the best pink display on January 31.”

Purvis said the aim of the club was to hold a fun day for all the family. There would be plenty of free entertainment which will include the Southfuels Otago Dancing Girls.

Gates open at 8am and the day’s events start with second division competitions. The open programme begins at approximately 1pm.

PHOTO: PAULA WILLIAMS