Arena farewell fitting for rider
RODEO and campdraft star Alex Turner will be farewelled at a Celebration of Life service in the arena at the Warwick Showgrounds on Monday.
It will be the first Celebration of Life to be held at the showgrounds.
Alex, 34, was killed tragically on Sunday in a property accident at Jericho in Western Queensland.
He lived on Brendallan Station at Aramac before moving with his wife Kerry, daughter RyLee, 5, and son Kash, 3, to Emerald Farms, Aratula, in December.
Kerry and Alex had been together for seven years.
Kerry said the week at the Warwick Rodeo was a must for Alex each year.
“Alex was a fantastic guy who loved the bush, rodeo and campdrafting,” Kerry said.
“He loved life in general and was a happy go lucky type of person.
“Alex had so many great memories of the Warwick Rodeo as a campdrafter and bareback bronc rider, it is appropriate his Celebration of Life will be at the showgrounds.”
The service will be held in the arena where the Warwick Gold Cup presentations are held on the last Sunday of each October.
As is always the case at the Gold Cup, the crowd will sit in the grandstand as they remember a life based around the bush, family and horse sports.
He first came to the Warwick Rodeo to campdraft and then added saddle bronc riding to his week of sport.
In the past three or four years, his rodeo focus has moved to bareback bronc riding.
Alex won the second-division bareback event at Mt Isa in 2008 after winning the second-division all around in 2006. He qualified for the APRA National Finals Rodeo for the past two years.
He was first in the poley buckjump at the Warwick Rodeo in 2002 and joined with Ben Hall and Darryl Dalley to win the wild horse racing at Warwick.
Alex and Ben were in the winning team at Mt Isa the same year.
The word from family and friends on Monday is to come dressed as you would for the Warwick Rodeo, so there will be plenty of jeans, boots and cowboy hats at the showgrounds.
Southern Downs residents who have followed Alex’s career each October at the Warwick Showgrounds are welcome at the Celebration of Life at 11am Monday.