Clown Harley Baker, Seven Hills State School students Ruby MacGregor, Rain Langi, Lily Sadiq, Ella Clark, Mael Thebaud, Harry Cross and roper Tim Burraston at the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre.
Clown Harley Baker, Seven Hills State School students Ruby MacGregor, Rain Langi, Lily Sadiq, Ella Clark, Mael Thebaud, Harry Cross and roper Tim Burraston at the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre. Gerard Walsh

Real rodeo next step

SEVEN Hills State School student Harry Cross reckons he wants to see a real rodeo after getting a taste of events at the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre last week.

Harry was in a group of 82 students from Seven Hills which visited Warwick on a three-year rotation with trips to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

“Seven Hills teachers' aide Beverley Yip said the school between Morningside and Camp Hill visited one of the areas each year.

“One student in year six who visited the rodeo centre bought her first horse two months ago and belongs to the Gumdale Pony club,” Yip said.

Three years ago, Seven Hills was the first school to visit the centre after it opened.

In 2008, Warwick State High School students rode steers in the demonstration but this time, cowboys jumped on bulls from the string of Ross and Jan Hamilton. Warwick High student Harley Baker was the clown.

Nicki Burraston demonstrated barrel racing and Tim Burraston showed the students the art of roping.

Harry said the rodeo action was entertaining.

“I saw riders get chucked off, I would probably like to see a real rodeo,” he said.

“The roping was cool.”

Ella Clark was amazed how far the riders are thrown if bucked off while Lily Sadiq said while she enjoyed seeing a rider or two thrown off, she didn't want to see them get hurt.

Ruby MacGregor said when the riders were thrown; they looked like they were going to get hurt.

“But they didn't, it is an exciting sport,” she said.

“I like watching but I wouldn't like to ride a bull.”

Mael Thebaud is originally from France and the trip to Warwick was the first time he had been close to cattle in 13 months in Australia.

As for his sporting preferences, he likes swimming but wouldn't mind seeing a rodeo.

Rain Langi enjoyed seeing the clown get in front of the bull to protect the rider.

APRA general manager Steve Hilton said he was keen to see schools visit the centre.



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