Rustling for rodeo | GALLERY

Crowds of thousands flocked to the 32nd annual Golden Spurs Peterborough rodeo held in the town at the weekend. 

The weekend perfectly unfolded for one of Peterborough’s largest events, with large crowds, good competitors numbers and perfect weather. 

The president of the rodeo committee Phil Sleep was incredibly happy with the running of the event and said that the town just comes alive on event weekends. 

“I went down the street at about lunch time on Saturday and the town was buzzing. There were cars everywhere and they were all stopping for different places for lunch. Some of them stay in accommodation rather than camp, it is an awesome economic boost for the town,” Mr Sleep said.

“It gives the town a bit of exposure and it gives the locals something to do. It brings everyone together to have a great night out with their mates.” 

The night was filled with barrel racing, steer wrestling, rope and tie, team roping, bucking bulls, bare back and saddle bronc events and this year, entry numbers were up.  

“Competitor numbers were up slightly, bucking competitors were down a little bit but overall they were up.”  Featuring on the night was Dana Bradshaw also known as the cowgirl with wings, who performed trick riding for the crowd, in addition there were stalls, jumping castles and an afternoon ute muster.  

The event is not only an economy boost for local businesses, but enables local community groups to jump on board and raise some funds that will also injected back into Peterborough. 

“It brings in some needed funds for other clubs. We donate funds to the Lions club and Rotary club. The Peterborough Youth Centre helps out with the clean up on Sunday so they get a donation as well”, Mr Sleep said. 

Police were generally pleased with the crowd’s behaviour at the event with only two attendees being ejected due to minor incidents. 

They wish to thank the organisers for a well-ordered and well-planned event which proved enjoyable for all.