Stony secures rodeo


Stony secures rodeo

Riding high: Stony Creek rodeo committee members Neil Cope, Paul Cummins and Kieran Hoekstra can’t wait for the club event in January next year.

STONY Creek is bringing the rodeo back to South Gippsland with its first ever event to be staged in the new year.
Set to be a major event on the calendar, the rodeo will attract the top rodeo riders from all around Australia, some 1000 spectators and generate a huge economic and tourism boost for the area.
The rodeo will be a major fundraiser for the Stony Creek Football Club and could become an annual event on the region’s calendar.
Event co-ordinator Neil Cope, president of the Stony Creek Football Club social committee, said it is going to be huge.
He believes if the club attracts 1000 people and charges $25 per entry, plus the food and beverages, they could make some $40,000 or more.
The rodeo will provide the local football club with an injection of funds but Mr Cope said there would definitely be spin-offs for the local community.
“I remember as a kid going to the Korumburra Rodeo with the family and it was just such a great spectacle. It was always a good day out,” he said.
“Korumburra ran the rodeo for years on Australia Day and I can really relate to how much fun it was for all the family.”
The first ever Korumburra Rodeo was run by the local Apex club in the 1950s. It ran for many years and provided great entertainment for years. Mr Cope thought it would be great to offer people that same experience.
“We want to give people something different and thought the rodeo would be an exciting event to offer tourists in the Christmas school holidays,” he said.
Stony Creek’s rodeo will be staged on January 21 and Mr Cope hopes to attract tourists from Woodside and Yarram to Port Albert, Toora, Foster, Wilsons Promontory, Waratah Bay, Sandy Point, Inverloch, Cape Paterson and Phillip Island, and all towns in the region and beyond.
While the rodeo will attract cowboys and cowgirls from near and far, this event will be one for all the family and will kick off around lunchtime and go late into the night, with the main events to be staged under lights from 7.30pm.
Stony’s rodeo will offer some thrilling rough riding and timed events including saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding and bull riding, steer wrestling, rope and tying, and team roping.
As well as the high energy action in the rodeo arena, there will be entertainment for the children with a jumping castle. Pony rides could be on the cards and while the action packed events will finish around 11pm, the entertainment will continue with music from the hugely popular Truckin’ with Tim set to play well into the night.
Mr Cope has been in contact with Bass Coast and South Gippsland shire councils and said he has received a lot of support and encouragement.
“We are still very new to this and really the potential market is still unknown, but one thing is for sure, it will be huge,” he said.
“Cranbourne has a rodeo on Australia Day and Lang Lang at Easter, and judging from the people I have talked to, these are always big events.”
The rodeo circus complete with arena, riders, cattle, horses and clowns will move from Tallangatta and hit Stony Creek for its premier rodeo on January 21.
JJB Contracting and Brown Wigg have been confirmed as sponsors.

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