Locals a set for the Carrieton Rodeo

Household name: Tom Willoughby from Allendale North took out three firsts at last year's event including team roping with his uncle Bill. Photo: Ian Robertson
Household name: Tom Willoughby from Allendale North took out three firsts at last year's event including team roping with his uncle Bill. Photo: Ian Robertson

Coming off the back of a big year, Carrieton Rodeo is expected to be bigger and better than ever before this year.

Inducted into the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre Hall of Fame earlier this year, Carrieton Rodeo is one of South Australia’s longest running rodeos.

“It recognised 66 years of hard community work,” said Carrieton Rodeo president Daniel Williams.

“We are really proud of our rodeo and that we are able to donate to organisations in our community and help out.”

First held in 1953 the annual event is held in December each year and is one of the most successful rodeo events in the north of SA with more than 3000 spectators and competitors from all over Australia and even overseas expected to attend.

There will be more than 24 events at this year’s Carrieton Rodeo.

Barrel racing competitions will test the skills between horse and rider. Riders will be expected to move the horse between three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. The fastest to finish the pattern wins.

Saddle bronc events will be held for horses. The open saddle bronc will see a rider mount a horse and have to stay on it for eight seconds.

Bareback events will see horses have to perform a similar task, but this time without a saddle and nothing more than a handle to hold onto the animal for support. Bareback ride events involving bulls will also be held.

Steer wrestling will also be held. A mounted rider is released from a barrier and must jump off their horse onto a steer and hold it on the ground.

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Steer roping sees a mounted rider chase a steer and have to throw a rope around its horns. These events are based on time.

“It’s a great community event and as it’s held between Christmas and New Years Eve, people are back home and need something to do,” said Carrieton Rodeo Club spokesperson Shane Rowe.

“We receive great support from our sponsors and the proceeds from the event go back into the community.”

“We try to promote a family-fun environment, so there are lots of things to do this year.”

The fun-filled family event will feature live music, a big screen to watch the action again and again plus barbecue and bar facilities.

Photo: Ian Robertson

Photo: Ian Robertson

The kids can look forward to mechanical bull rides, a bouncy castle and other entertainment.

A female trick rider will be at the event in her first rodeo outside of Adelaide and Miss Rodeo Australia will also be there.

There will be a recovery day the day after the rodeo where the Carrieton Hotel will be putting on a few games, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

See you at the rodeo grounds on Saturday, December 29.

Cost is $25 adults and free for children aged 17 and under. Camping and event parking is available.

There are lots of things to do this year.

SHANE ROWE