Messages behind rodeo fun

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Jakeb WaddellBroome Advertiser

Rodeo fever swept over Broome last weekend but the event meant far more than just bulls, barrels, steering and saddles.

Saltwater Country hosted Rhythm and Ride once again on Friday and Saturday, using rodeo and country music as a tool to encourage local Aboriginal people to compete, train and work towards something meaningful, all the while showcasing some of the best talent in the State.

About 120 competitors from around WA took part in more than 20 events across the two days, including open bull, campdraft, steering, barrel, saddle bronc and plenty more.

But it was Wade McCarthy who stole the show by taking out the open bull competition, which qualifies him for the Professional Bull Riders Australia national circuit.

While the action unfolded inside the arena, children were treated to face painting, talent shows, crafter school and dummy roping, while the older crowd had the chance to bootscoot to the sound of acts such as Jadadi and Patrick Cox, Peter Brandy and DJ Wayne Glendenning.

Saltwater Country chairwoman Cara Peek said the two-day event was a big hit once again.

“We had a really good crowd and competitor showing, that we hope will continue to grow, so a big thanks to all who took part,” she said.

“It is a really fun-loving event that is based on creating social outcomes and providing something that is connected to the indigenous pastoral history of the region.

“It gives the chance for people in the community to shine and we provide these pathways and encourage people to enjoy a very diverse event where everyone is welcome to take part.”

The rodeois sponsored by a number of bodies and organisations, including the State Government and Shire of Broome.

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