Scores watch the action from the bank at the 25th Omarama
It looked a picture but felt like the inside of an oven
at the Omarama Rodeo yesterday.
The temperature peaked at 29.6degC at 3.30pm at nearby
Otematata, but the scores of people crammed on to the
uncovered bank overlooking the dusty action at Buscot Station
did not seem to mind as they feasted on an assortment of cold
beverages, snacks, spills and thrills.
Former club president Charlie Robinson, who bore a flag in
the grand entry celebrating the rodeo's 25th year, has
attended every Omarama Rodeo. He recalled a time before the
turn of the century when the club lacked workers, had sold
its horses and had no yards.
Former rodeo president Charlie Robinson has attended every
one of the 25 Omarama Rodeos. Photos by Ben Guild.
Current president Neil Burnett testified to the poor
state the club had been in.
"When I took over as president, there would be four people at
a meeting," he said. "Now we get around 20 with a few
New members were sought, the rodeo was shifted from Ginger
Anderson's farm to a property nearby owned by Richard Gloag,
new yards were erected and the event began to grow, Mr
A fixture on the circuit after helping to start the
Waikouaiti Rodeo about 40 years ago, Mr Robinson had two sons
involved in yesterday's action, including 2010-11 New Zealand
saddle back champion Paul Robinson.
Mr Burnett, who was hoping for a crowd of about 2500 people
yesterday, said the rodeo was the biggest annual event held
It was pivotal to the South Island Christmas circuit
considering it clashed with rodeos in the North Island, he
He was enjoying a break of sorts from contract work scanning
and marking sheep and cattle in and around North Otago with a
group of 18-year-olds over summer.
"Give them a day off and you have to reprogramme them when
they get back," he said.
The rodeo action yesterday was followed by a party in a
marquee featuring food, and music by the Southern Man, Denis
Rodeo results. -
Junior steer ride, Libby Bent. Division 2 barrel race, Julie
Hogg. Junior barrel race: Casey Elstob. Division 2 bull ride:
Wade Marshall. Division 2 bull ride shoot-out, Cameron
MacDonald. Division 2 rope and tie, Timothy Evans.
Division 2 saddle bronc, Jeremy Dillon. Division 2 bareback,
Tawera Tamakehu. Open bareback, Stuart de Ridder. Open rope
and tie, Anthony Perkins. Open saddle bronc, Paul Robinson.
Open barrel race, Angie Perkins.
Open steer wrestling, Chris Hood. Open team roping, Patrick
McCarthy and Shane Cooper. Open bull ride, Adam Jamison.