Saddle up for action at Stroud Rodeo

GO HARD: All the action – bull riding, bronc riding, bareback, steer wrestling, rope and tie, team roping, barel riding and breakaway roping – at the Stratford Coal sponsored event, can be seen live and replayed on the big screen.
GO HARD: All the action – bull riding, bronc riding, bareback, steer wrestling, rope and tie, team roping, barel riding and breakaway roping – at the Stratford Coal sponsored event, can be seen live and replayed on the big screen.

Stroud Showground will be buzzing this Friday and Saturday (September 15-16) for the 43rd running of the Stroud Rodeo.

DUST FLIES: There will be two days of action in the ring. Friday kicks off with campdraft events from 6.30am, with the Junior Rodeo  starting at 3pm.

DUST FLIES: There will be two days of action in the ring. Friday kicks off with campdraft events from 6.30am, with the Junior Rodeo starting at 3pm.

This year’s ABCRA-affiliated event doubles as the NSW Championships  and will attract a cavalcade of senior and junior riders from around the state, chasing glory and prizemoney across a range of events.

ROPED IN: Saturday will see further campdraft competition  from 7am, before  the NSW Championship Rodeo  starts at 9am.

ROPED IN: Saturday will see further campdraft competition from 7am, before the NSW Championship Rodeo starts at 9am.

Golden Guitar winning country star Troy Kemp will play live Saturday night, providing a fitting climax.

A fully licensed bar and food outlets will keep the punters happy  as they take in the spectacle in the ring and wander around  stalls and markets.

ROPED IN: Saturday will see further campdraft competition  from 7am, before  the NSW Championship Rodeo  starts at 9am.

ROPED IN: Saturday will see further campdraft competition from 7am, before the NSW Championship Rodeo starts at 9am.

A mechanical bull ride will  test the skills of would-be competitors and there’s  a  slide, jumping castle and clowns for the kids.

Action kicks off 6.30am on Friday with campdraft events, before the junior rodeo at 3pm. There will be more campdrafting on Saturday from 7am before the main event starts at 9am.

Proceeds  are donated to  HMRI, Stroud Lodge and other local charities.

“If it wasn’t for the local communities and support we get through donations and volunteers we would not have an event,” said Stroud rodeo president Chris Melmeth, who also competes in the over-40s bull ride.

“Everyone works together in a very close group and supports each other. We are like one big family.”

Free camping is available on a first-in basis with a preference for swags, as campers and caravan take up valuable space.

 Cost of entry is Friday: gold coin donation. Saturday:  Adults $20, Chidren 5-15 $5 and Family (two adults and up to four children) $50.