Celebrating 50 years of rodeo excitement in the South Canterbury region is a huge achievement for the Winchester Rodeo Club.
Led by founding member Peter McCullough, a strong team of local community people and rodeo competitors have worked tirelessly to make the 50th Winchester Rodeo occur this Labour Saturday.
With the pressures of Covid-19 looming on whether the event could run, the Winchester Rodeo Club made an executive decision on September 21 to push on and hold the event, and thankfully, the Government’s Covid-19 status dropped to Level 1, allowing the rodeo.
Local support from the community in the form of sponsorship has been gratefully received by the club.
Contestants throughout the country have been practising and honing their skills for months now, in the hope that the rodeo season would be able to run. Their hard work will pay off on October 24 at Winchester, followed the next day at sister club Methven on October 25.
This year at the Winchester Rodeo, in celebration of achieving 50 years of rodeo, all open event winners will receive custom-designed rodeo prize belt buckles made in Brazil, and the second division and junior event winners will receive embroidered prizewinner jackets as treasured keepsakes of their achievements on the day.
The Donald McCullough Memorial All Round Cowboy trophy and buckle will be up for grabs for the best performing cowboy or cowgirl in multiple events on the day, as well as the Wayne McNab second division bullride trophy.
There will be lots to see and do, with a great selection of food vendors, shopping opportunities, carnival rides and bouncy castles. Gates open at 8am with the second division and junior events at 8.30am onwards, followed by the grand entry at lunchtime and the main performance in the afternoon.
The Winchester Rodeo would like to sincerely thank the South Canterbury community and businesses for supporting us so loyally for the last 50 years, and especially so this year in more financially trying times.