Tom Pearson was knocked out by a fall at the Calliope Rodeo.
Tom Pearson was knocked out by a fall at the Calliope Rodeo. Luka Kauzlaric

Rodeo team praises ambos as six riders land in hospital

THE Calliope Rodeo delivered plenty of heart-stopping moments at the weekend, but organisers are happy to report minimal injuries from the big event.

On Friday night competitor Tom Pearson was knocked unconscious when he fell from a bull.

But organisers said on Monday an x-ray had revealed he had not broken his collarbone, as was previously feared.

However, he will be sidelined for two weeks to recover.

Calliope Rodeo Association vice-president Gary Ashe said half a dozen competitors had been taken to hospital over the two days of the event.

These included a 17-year-old who was winded and suffered a suspected leg injury late on Saturday night.

Another man had six stitches.

"We got great support from the Calliope ambulance team," Mr Ashe said.

"If an ambulance isn't on site to support us we have to stop competition, but we didn't stop once over the weekend."

Mr Ashe said competitors expected to be knocked around.

"If you're going to ride bulls, you're going to get injuries," he said.

"But we didn't have any of the dislocations that often happen, so that was good."

The McCosker Calliope Rodeo and Ute Muster attracted hundreds of people on Friday and Saturday.


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