Wagin Woolorama Rodeo 2017 Report

The 2017 Wagin Woolorama Rodeo was another successful event.  Entrants were up slightly to 123, entries were 194, making for a very competitive event. A pleasant summer evening for families was enjoyed by many, with thanks to the brave and strong cowboys and cowgirls who provided the entertainment.

An estimated crowd of 4000 spectators enjoyed a full program of rodeo action.
The opening Grand Entry was very spectacular, involving many of the Rodeo entrants. Unfortunately, the National Rodeo Queen couldn’t come due to a severe riding accident. Her place was ably filled by Jo Kestel, the lady who was the first WA person to become National Rodeo Queen, and who suggested we hold a rodeo at Wagin. She was ably assisted by the Junior WA Rodeo Princess Rachael Oakes.
Chute boss Bronwyn Hill did an excellent job of keeping events happening non-stop, and the Main Event was finished by 7.20 pm.  Hayley Hall does an exceptional job of being the office girl - handling all entrants needs, calculating payments of prize money (we paid out $10250 in prize money) and completing the paper trail. Without her the Rodeo couldn't happen.

Sponsorship brought in $6800 in cash, plus product prizes.  Unigrain contributed $5000 and Spurry's Transport $1500 - the two major sponsors.

This year we again provided sound commentary for the morning session, from 8.30 to about 11.30, and it was appreciated and did not detract from either the rest of Woolorama or the Main event at night.  Events West provided very good audio for the Rodeo, building on last years’ experience.

The band Masterplan kept the bar patrons entertained, with no incidents.

Overall a very worthwhile event which is achieving our aim of keeping - and increasing - Woolorama patrons at Woolorama for the full two-day event. Many favourable comments were again made about the Rodeo.