Chute boss says event best yet for Warwick
RODEO: Chute boss Anthony Collins rated the rodeo on Monday night at the Warwick Showgrounds as the best he has seen on a New Year's Eve.
Collins has been chute boss for the past three years and is a retired bull rider.
"There were more competitors than last year including more than 60 in the three barrel races,” he said.
"We had more than 20 in the bullock ride and another 20 in the saddle bronc and station buckjumps.”
John Skinner and John Brearley were the judges for the rodeo.
Collins said the Grayson family from Honky Honk Rodeo Company from Swanfels provided quality horses.
"The horses won the battle against the cowboys in the horse events with more than half the riders bucked off before the eight seconds,” he said.
"The steers from the Gross family all bucked well as did the poddies from the Roche family.
"I reckon the 25 bullocks from Ann Boyle from Killarney are the best so far at the New Year's Eve Rodeo.
"The feature bullock was ridden to time.
"There were some promising riders at the rodeo with some likely to feature in rodeo finals in years to come.”
Rodeo organisers planned to finish the rodeo by 9pm for the first lot of fireworks.
"The last bullock was bucked out at 9.15pm,” Collins said.
"The plan was for this year's rodeo to go a lot longer than the rodeo went last year.”
Graham Lutch from the South Burnett won a second-division bull ride more than a decade ago in Warwick and this year was successful in the bullock ride.
Collins said all enjoyed the night, both competitors and patrons.
"This is the best New Year's Eve Rodeo we have had at the Warwick Showgrounds,” he said.
See results from the rodeo in the Daily News print and online tomorrow.