The generous faces behind glitz of rodeo

Jake Keogh, Glen Fanning on Bailey and Dan Roche are just a few of the volunteer laneway men working at the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft this week.
Jake Keogh, Glen Fanning on Bailey and Dan Roche are just a few of the volunteer laneway men working at the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft this week. Georja Ryan

IF THE nation stops for the Melbourne Cup, then it's fair to say the Southern Downs stops for the Warwick Rodeo and Campdrafting.

Every year, men, women and kids take a week off from work and school to volunteer their time at the event that makes Warwick famous.

Laneway men Dan Roche, Glen Fanning and Jake Keogh are just a handful of those who spend the week at the showgrounds every year.

"I've been doing it on and off for about 10 years," Mr Fanning said.

"Every year you get to catch up with blokes who you only see once a year and it's a lot of fun."

He said it was the love of the event, and the thrill of the atmosphere that kept him coming back.

"It's hard work, but I love it," Mr Fanning said.

Having been a part of the event's journey over the past decade, Mr Fanning said he had seen the sport grow.

"I've noticed the horses and riders are getting better every year," he said.

Twenty-year-old Dan Roche has spent the last five years volunteering at the event and has loved every moment.

"My old man got me into it; it's good fun," Mr Roche said.

Jake Keogh has helped out at the campdrafting and rodeo since he can remember and had no plans to stop any time soon.

Topics:  campdrafting, community, volunteers, warwick rodeo



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