Winchester rodeo atmosphere great


by Alexia Johnston

Winchester kicked off the long weekend with its 47th annual rodeo on Saturday.

The popular event, hosted at the A&P Showgrounds, attracted competitors from around the country, each keen to put their skills to the test in a range of disciplines, including saddle bronc, barrel racing and bull riding, among others.

Youngsters also got a chance to try their hand at aspects of the sport thanks to a junior section.

South Island club director for New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association Dave Marshall said the event was a great success.

“It was a very well run event. It ran very well to time, it finished early and had a great arrangement of trade stalls,” he said.

“It had a good fair-type atmosphere.”

The New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo circuit continued the following day in Methven.

“All competitors go on to Methven, apart from the injured,” Mr Marshall said.

“We did have a couple of injured riders, but that goes with the sport. As for the livestock, there were no injuries .. all stock performed very well.”

Spectators made the most of the day’s entertainment, with some venturing to the showgrounds armed with blankets and deck chairs for the occasion.

Some gazebos did not last long though, after cool winds picked up in the mid to late morning, prompting spectators to take them back down.

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