Queanbeyan Rodeo

Queanbeyan Rodeo

Gates open at 11am, the main event kicks off at 4pm.

The aim of the Queanbeyan Rodeo is not only to run one of the best Rodeos in the region, but to offer the people of Queanbeyan and the surrounding region a fun filled day of thrills and spills while raising money to donate to worthy local charities.

In the past Palliative care has been able to put donations towards essential equipment which gives comfort and support to those in need and their carers. The Queanbeyan Rural Fire Services have been able to purchase much needed equipment allowing them to provide a better service to the local rural community throughout the fire season.

The Cancer Support Group place one hundred per cent of the donation towards families that they assist in our community, helping with every day expenses to help them get through a very difficult time.

The Home in QBN, Girl Guides, Special Children’s Support Group, Capes for Kids, Meals on Wheels, also received donations, as well as the Bungendore Scout and the Bywong Community Association, Queanbeyan Pony Clubs, the Men’s Shed and the Captains Flat Anzac Memorial, Weston Creek Molonglo Cricket Club, Geary’s Gap Pony Club, Eden Dance Group, RU OK have benefited from a donation from the Queanbeyan Rodeo.
We are hoping to increase our support for all of these charities, and assist more charities in the future.

The Rodeo gates will open at 2pm with Junior events and some rounds with the first of the main events starting at 4pm with the following, Novice Bull Ride, Steer Wrestling, Ladies Barrel Race, Roping, Team Roping, Breakaway Roping and to top off the day everyone will be treated to Bull Riding, Bareback Bronc and Saddle Bronc Rides continuing until late.

The thrills and spills are displayed on the Big Screen along with action replays and sponsors logos. Our Rodeo clown will be performing throughout the day offering plenty of laughs and entertainment for everyone.

There will also be a side show alley for every ones enjoyment with rides, food stalls offering BBQ, hotdogs, chips, drinks, donuts and much much more. We would like to give your business an opportunity to be part of, and recognised as a business that gives back to the community and supports local charities.

Sponsorship levels of support and a Sponsorship Nomination form follows. We would be happy to tailor your anticipated sponsorship and benefits to suit your promotional and business needs, while helping provide the local charities with financial support and making the day a success for everyone. We look forward to discussing your involvement in the Queanbeyan Rodeo in the near future.

Rodeo History

Rodeo evolved from everyday stock handling occurrences on cattle stations in the Australian Outback and ranches in the United States of America. To this day, it can well be known as a working sport. The first recorded rodeo in Australia was held in 1888 in Victoria, though it was not until 1944 that the first rules were defined and the first association created. R.M. (Reg) Williams (of the R.M. Williams clothing company) was the first secretary/ treasurer of the Australian Rough Riders Association (ARRA), which ran it’s first National Championships in 1945 in Prospect, South Australia. The association flourished for many years and had in excess of 13000 members in 1984 before undergoing a name change to become the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA).

At a meeting in March 1946 in NSW, another association was formed. The NSW Bushman’s Carnival Association was created for the purpose of coordinating and assisting all carnivals conducted by affiliated committees. By 1960, along with the affiliation of committees from Queensland, the name was changed to the Australian Bushman’s Carnival Association, and another name change in 1985 gave us the Australian Bushman’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA), by which it is known today.

Contact with US Servicemen in the 60’s and 70’s saw rodeo influenced by the Western American styles of clothing, which today has become the image of rodeo and cowboys throughout the world. The camaraderie between competitors must be seen to be believed, for while they are competing against each other, they support and help their fellow competitors with vigor rarely seen in other modern sports.

Today there are a large number of rodeo associations including the ABCRA, the APRA, the National Rodeo Council (NRC), the National Rodeo Association (NRA), the Central Cowboys Rodeo Association (CNRA) and the West Coast Rodeo Association (WCRA). As one of the principal rodeo associations in Australia, the ABCRA has developed rapidly in recent years and representatives have been invited to attend and compete at the Calgary Stampede and the North American World Finals Rodeo in Denver, Colorado, and now in El Paso Texas. It is a testament to the quality of competition and events in Australia that members such as Scott Johnson, Darren Clark, Glen O’Neill, Peter Kelly and Adam Newman have won or been close to winning top international titles.