Living the cowboy life: Simpson Rodeo takes off

Brave or insane? Spectators at Saturday’s Simpson Rodeo got all they bargained for and more from the event.

Brave or insane? Spectators at Saturday’s Simpson Rodeo got all they bargained for and more from the event.

Saturday’s Simpson Rodeo has been hailed a success after it attracted double the amount of people expected by organisers.

Simpson Rodeo Committee member Libby Van Donk said around 3000 people attended the event, held at the Simpson Recreation Reserve when 1,500 had been expected.

Ms Van Donk said spectators came from as far as Melbourne to witness the event and the enthusiasm of punters who turned out on the day was high.

Ms Van Donk said cars had been backed up to the Murray Goulburn trading store to enter the reserve and spectators arrived earlier than the predetermined start time of 3pm to get a good viewing position.

“We actually had to man the gates earlier then we planned to,” she said.

Money raised from the event has not been counted yet, but Ms Van Donk said the committee was feeling confident that a significant amount had been raised.

Ms Van Donk said the success of this year’s event meant it was likely a rodeo would be held in the town again.

“From all the feedback and the success of it I’d say it’s definitely on the cards to have another go next year,” she said.

“I think it’s exceeded all of our expectations,” she said.

“I’d say we’ve done a pretty good job.”

Ms Van Donk thanked all of the businesses and community members who helped in the lead up to the rodeo, in particular the Simpson Football Netball Club.

“You can count on them, which is fantastic,” she said.

“All Simpson’s Football Netball Club members were brilliant, I just couldn’t believe it.

“I couldn’t believe the people who were coming out of the woodwork to help.”

The rodeo’s major event, the open bull ride, was won by Colac’s Adam Hinkley, who rode Cold Stone, a bull who weighed around 750 kilograms according to stock contractor Ron Woodall.

Community Hub committee member Brad Mason said money raised from the Simpson Rodeo event would go towards fittings inside the upgraded Simpson Recreation Reserve building.

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