Rodeo called off over uncertainty

Pat McCarthy lassoes a steer during the team roping event at this year’s Wanaka Rodeo. Covid-19...
Pat McCarthy lassoes a steer during the team roping event at this year’s Wanaka Rodeo. Covid-19 has led to the cancellation of next year’s event. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Another popular Otago summer event has been cancelled.

The Wanaka Rodeo announced yesterday that due the uncertainty about Covid-19 and new regulations, the club had made the decision to cancel the January 2 event.

It joined a growing list of summer events, including the Queenstown and Wanaka New Year’s Eve celebrations, that have been cancelled.

Rodeo NZ president Lyal Cocks, of Wanaka, told the Otago Daily Times earlier this week clubs nationwide had had to make ‘‘hard decisions’’ this season.

He said he expected most clubs to have made a final decision by Monday after Rodeo NZ decide whether to run a points or non-points season.

‘‘It’s definitely not an ideal situation. But we’re not living in normal times.’’

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