Record rodeo set to ride
THE stage is set for a record competitor turnout at the Hose Pro Blackwater Charity Rodeo tomorrow.
Blackwater Rodeo secretary Haley Daniels said the committee had received more than 60 nominations for the women's open barrel race and breakaway roping events combined.
"It's a CRCA record as far as all affiliated rodeos run from the start of this year," Daniels said.
"It's great for the sport. It shows that it's really starting to build.
"Especially events like the barrel race because riders bring their own horses, we don't have to pay for stock so it doesn't cost us as much to run."
The record nominations in the barrel race and breakaway events are part of the 180-strong competitors expected to kick-start tomorrow's rodeo action from 1pm.
One of Central Queensland's leading cowboys Shane Iker will headline the open line-up in Blackwater, competing in number of categories.
One of the only things the committee can't be certain of is the weather.
With her eyes looking to the skies, Daniels said they're predicting some light showers today before fining up for competition tomorrow.
"Just enough to keep the dust down and freshen up the grass at home," she said.
All proceeds from the rodeo will go to their three main sponsored charities - RACQ-CQ Rescue Helicopter, Angel Flight and Cancer Council Queensland.
Daniels said in addition to the big three, the rodeo also supports local clubs and organisations.
"They'll come down and sell some food and a few drinks - it's our way of helping out and giving back to the community," she said.
In Nebo at the weekend, Emerald's Leanne Kenny secured top honours in the barrel race and partner Shane Kenny won the rope and tie.
A winner couldn't be found in the team roping with Emerald pair Clancy Middleton and Brodie Moss tied with Shane Iker and Comet's Wayne McGhee.