Rodeo aims at providing hoof-raising action and fun

Gareth McKnightBroome Advertiser

A new all-indigenous organised rodeo event is set to kick up quite a fuss later this month, as a night of hoof-raising action comes to Broome.

Rodeo Express, which has been planned and will be run by local company Yum Yum & Delicious in partnership with Ronald Wade Snr and Gary Barnes Stock Contracting, is set to take place at Broome Rodeo Club on Friday, August 21.

The Kimberley town was facing the prospect of a year without rodeo in 2015 after the annual Broome Rodeo Club event was cancelled due to unfortunate personal circumstances.

However, Rodeo Express is set to fill the void this year and hopes to be an accompaniment to Broome Rodeo Club’s event moving forward.

The community oriented meeting will be a big night of action, but also has been organised to raise awareness of suicide prevention, with a minute silence to remember those lost to suicide and also the Damien Gray feature bull ride.

There will be a host of junior, female and male events, with the bull ride sure to catch the eye and novelty contests such as the kids’ poddy calf event.

Yum Yum & Delicious director Cara Peek said Rodeo Express was unique in that it was run exclusively by indigenous people and that participants from all over the Kimberley were set to compete.

“We want the event to be added to the existing Kimberley rodeo circuit and not compete with the Broome Rodeo Club,” she said.

Yum Yum & Delicious director Adele Peek said it will be a locally run event and is a great opportunity for people of all walks of life to experience how the local traditional owners do things slightly differently.

Ms Peek also said that volunteers and sponsors are encouraged to support the event.

The gates open at 2:30pm on Friday, August 21 with tickets available at the gate.

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