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But there will be a child in the crowd who does not care and just wishes they could be out there, Bay of Plenty barrel racer Hinemoa Harris-Hayes says.
Mrs Harris-Hayes was one of a large field of barrel racers at the Outram Rodeo at the weekend, but growing up in Te Anau, she was outside the arena looking in.
"It wasn’t so much about winning it was about going out and being a barrel racer."
The girl from Te Anau started a family in Te Teko, Bay of Plenty, and now four out of five Harris-Hayes family members who travelled to Outram competed at the weekend. Only Temea Harris-Hayes (15), who focused on rugby and touch instead, was not competing.
Husband and father Ryan Harris-Hayes was a team roper.
Son Taimana (11) won the junior barrel race on Saturday.
In the South there was a lot of rural support for the rodeo, she said.
There were 45 juniors barrel racing on Saturday, another 40-odd second division girls, and more than 30 open competitors.
"There’s a lot of new ones coming into the sport and they’re the future," Mrs Harris-Hayes said. "This year it seems like the sport has grown."
Club member Fred Doherty, who hosts the rodeo at his Outram farm, said after last year the club decided to push ahead with another two-day event this year, because it could.
The Mataura Rodeo is scheduled for February 13 this year.