SADDLE UP: Celebrity barrel race organiser Karen Burraston with major sponsor Brad Steele, from Steele's Bakery who can't wait for the race on New Year's Eve at the Warwick Showgrounds.
SADDLE UP: Celebrity barrel race organiser Karen Burraston with major sponsor Brad Steele, from Steele's Bakery who can't wait for the race on New Year's Eve at the Warwick Showgrounds. Gerard Walsh

Celebrity barrel race on at the New Year's Eve Rodeo

RODEO: If you want a bit of a laugh, head on down to the Warwick Showgrounds on New Year's Eve for the Celebrity Barrel Race at the rodeo.

The odds are there won't be any 18-second times as a group represented by local businesses and organisations jump on a horse for a bit of fun.

The group will be led by major rodeo sponsor Brad Steele, from Steele's Bakery, who admits he has never ridden a horse.

But he does have a plan to compete.

"I am already getting nervous,” he said.

"Gail and I have been in business for nine years and the rodeo is a chance to put a bit back in the community.

"New Year's Eve is a good time for the community to celebrate.”

In a get together at the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre yesterday, celebrity barrel race organiser Karen Burraston said the riders in a barrel race cantered in a clover leaf formation.

"The riders choose whether to first go to the left or right and then go the other way,” she said.

The Steele's Bakery New Year's Eve Rodeo starts at 4pm on December 31 at the Warwick Showgrounds and the celebrity barrel race is at 5pm.

Rough stock action starts at 5.30pm and a full range of rodeo and novelty events will be held until 9pm. Entertainment will follow with music by Mik Oberle, of Jimboomba.

The rodeo is organised by the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society and will attract a high number of local competitors as well as visiting riders for the serious rodeo events.

Celebrity Barrel Race starting list

Pauline Pickering (Globe Accounting/Warwick Credit Union)

Brad Steele (Steele's Bakery)

Shannon Aspinall Accounting

Tracy Vellacott (local personality)

Karen Banks (Talk N Heads Hairdresser)

Karen Burraston (APRA)

Gerard Walsh (Daily News)

Peter Bradfield Building

Geoff Grant (Warwick Show and Rodeo Society)



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