The hardworking people behind the canteen counter for this year’s Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft and Rodeo (front) are: Sally McLean with Toby McLean, Sheena Allely, Lisa Jones and (back) James Elliott
The hardworking people behind the canteen counter for this year’s Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft and Rodeo (front) are: Sally McLean with Toby McLean, Sheena Allely, Lisa Jones and (back) James Elliott Erin Smith

Lisa answers Warwick Rodeo call

EACH year the Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft and Rodeo draws thousands through the gates of the showgrounds - and just under 10 years ago Lisa Jones was one of them.

Unlike the thousands who rolled out of town and did not return until the next year, Ms Jones decided to move from New Zealand to Warwick - the home of pro rodeo.

Seven years later she is still living in Warwick.

"I have been involved in rodeo my whole life," Ms Jones said.

"I don't know anything but the rodeo life."

Ms Jones never actually competed in the ring, but she watched on and helped out as all of her three children did.

"I have done secretary roles, timed the events and helped run events," she said.

Since moving to Warwick Ms Jones has been working hard to ensure Australia's most famous rodeo keeps going by volunteering in the canteen.

"There is a purpose for it," she said.

"We do a lot of fundraising during the year such as the cocktail party and it all goes back into the show society.

"If it is helping make money to keep the rodeo and campdraft going then I am happy to help."

It's not just Ms Jones helping out behind the counter this year.

Her daughter, Sally McLean, her three-month-old grandson Toby McLean and visiting New Zealand friends Sheena Allely and James Elliott are also lending a hand.

Mr Elliott said he had no problem spending his Australian holiday flipping steaks and burgers with the campdrafting and rodeo action in the background.

Mrs McLean fought to have some healthier choices added to the menu this year.

"I advocated for us to serve fresh fruit salad as well as cold meats and salad," she said.

"They have done a lot better than people expected."

However, the steak burgers have once again proven to be the most popular.

Mrs McLean said she would love to see more young people helping out around the rodeo.

"Once upon a time there used to be so many volunteering," she said.

"I have a few friends who work at John Dee, who are coming to volunteer in the canteen on their day off."



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