Rocking rodeo

With more than 1400 people in attendance, Peterborough Rodeo and Country Ute and 4WD Roundup rodeo committee treasurer Craig Philp reported it was one of the best crowds he had seen in many years.

A highlight of Saturday evening was the presentation of life membership awards to two long-serving committee members, Tom Bruce and Bob Lang, by Peterborough Mayor Ruth Whittle.

Both men have been solid committee men - over the years Tom, an international cowboy from way back has contributed years of experience to the rodeo, serving as president and vice-president.

Bob was 'BBQ boss' for many years before taking on a specialist role in the stockyards about 10 years ago, handling bulls and horses.

Peterborough rodeo president Phil Sleep thanked both Tom and Bob for their ongoing commitment and dedication.

Tom responded, explaining why he wore a pink shirt - on one of several trips to the US where he attended many rodeos, he inquired why so many American cowboys wore pink shirts? "Because you have to be tough to wear pink."

Tom felt he was tough enough and brought four pink shirts home with him.

Tom also explained the important roll that fans play at rodeos by supporting all these regional events, "no fans, no rodeos."

Rodeo announcer Jim Willoughby, who kept the crowd entertained in his usual jocular style thanked those who travelled to Peterborough to compete, work and support this ongoing event, and acknowledged the generous sponsors and volunteers.

After the final event, the Open Bull Ride, where the Fraser bucking bulls proved too good for the three young cowboys who dared to have a go, the show was all over for another year.

'The Cut Snakes' then entertained the young and young-at-heart until early next morning.