Warwick cowboys ride into the new year at showgrounds
NEW Year's Eve went off with a bang at the Warwick Showgrounds, with the evening drawing positive feedback from competitors and spectators alike.
Warwick Show and Rodeo Society president Dr John Kiss said the event was a resounding success.
"It was a nice and relaxed evening, with many of the spectators saying it was an old-style rodeo," Dr Kiss said.
"The talk around the grandstands was that the fireworks display at about 10pm gave great delight to the large number of children and parents alike.
"It was nice and relaxed, with the involvement of the kids much appreciated by the crowd.
"The biggest applause for the night was for the tiny tots riding their barrel horses, sometimes led by mum."
Dr Kiss thanked Gerard O'Leary for organising the first Warwick New Year's Eve Rodeo and said the success of the evening could pave the way for future events.
"The general consensus amongst the committee is that it is likely that the New Year's Eve Rodeo will continue in the future," he said.
Warwick Show and Rodeo Society secretary Julie Peterson said the numbers had far exceeded expectations for the event.
"The Warwick Show and Rodeo Society would like to thank our volunteers and officials, Steele's Bakery, the Warwick Credit Union and the local SES," Miss Peterson said.
Dr Kiss said the event had gone well, without any incidents requiring the assistance of security or police who were present throughout the rodeo.
"The committee would like to thank, in particular, the police and ambulance," he said.
"Without their co-operation, the event would not have been able to run successfully."
Dr Kiss said the committee was impressed with the rodeo stock.
"The cattle were supplied by Mr and Mrs Boyle of Killarney, the Gross family and the Roche family of Warwick," he said.
"All bucked beyond the committee's expectations, with some riders doing aerial acrobatics as they finished their ride prematurely."
Miss Peterson said the food stalls and children's activities were well received, with local businesses showcased.
"The pizza stall ran out of food and Peck's coffee had a big night," she said.
Dr Kiss said he hoped the evening gave something back to the community.
"We hope we did something for the town for their support of the Warwick Rodeo and Show," he said.