Long-time volunteers Sonya Grant and Glen Holmes wouldn’t spend Rodeo Week any other way, they love pulling on their boots and putting in the yards to help make the show a success.
Long-time volunteers Sonya Grant and Glen Holmes wouldn’t spend Rodeo Week any other way, they love pulling on their boots and putting in the yards to help make the show a success. Candyce Braithwaite

Rodeo Week helpers love helping out

IT'S not often you get to be right in the middle of the action at an event you love.

But for the volunteers at the Warwick Rodeo, each day is exactly that.

For the past 13 years, Glen Holmes has taken holidays from his day job at Wellbrook Engineering, pulled on his boots and cowboy hat and worked from dawn until dusk in the main arena.

"It's all about giving back to the sport that I love and the community," Mr Holmes said.

"I would always come and watch campdrafting events and I jumped at the opportunity to work behind the scenes.

"I work with the cattle, making sure they are treated correctly and ready for each event."

Volunteer Sonya Grant, who for the other 51 weeks of the year runs a property at Freestone, said she wouldn't have Rodeo Week any other way.

"It's such a great atmosphere and I thoroughly enjoy helping out each year," she said. "I've been doing it for around eight to 10 years now and I've watched the event continue to get stronger.

"We're up well before 6am each day preparing for the events ahead."

Mrs Grant volunteers in the announcer's box and it is her responsibility to make sure the announcers are on time, sponsors are looked after and all the thank you speeches are prepared.

"The volunteers are responsible for a lot of work," she said.

"Every section has volunteers working hard to make sure everything runs smoothly.

There are more than 350 volunteers at the showgrounds this week.

Warwick team

 Michael Boyce (C)

 Neville Fanning

 Kevin Ryan

 Ian Glasby

 Monique Dwan



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