Children as young as 2 are set to show off their rodeo skills at the all new Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) backed ‘Junior Rodeo’ at this weekend’s Ernest Henry Mining Curry Merry Muster Festival.
A first of its kind for the Festival and the only full scale dedicated rodeo of its kind for the North West, the Junior Rodeo is set to be staged at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre from 12-5pm Friday prior to the start of the pro rodeo action; renowned a Australia’s Highest Single Payout Professional Rodeo.
An aspect very often overlooked by large scale rodeos and a significant undertaking for organisers, the Merry Muster Festival Committee feel hosting the Junior Rodeo is imperative to keep the popular sport going into the future.
“Whilst we have always had and will continue to have a few junior classes in the Merry Muster Rodeo similar to Richmond and Mount Isa we (Curry Merry Muster Festival Committee) feel the addition of the Junior Rodeo to our 3 day program is very important to foster and encourage the future of rodeo” said Carlie Remfrey, Curry Merry Muster Festival Secretary and Rodeo Coordinator.
Open to both regular competitors and day competitors the Junior Rodeo will allow up and coming locals that may not necessarily follow the national circuit the opportunity to challenge their skills.
Offering up a share of $3,000 in cash and a range of prizes and open to children aged between 2 and 18 years the Ernest Henry Mining Curry Merry Muster Festival APRA Junior Rodeo will showcase 6 classes including (junior) barrel racing, steer ride, breakaway roping, team roping calf roping and bull ride.
With over 95 nominations proving its popularity the public is encouraged to head along to cheer on the competitors with tickets available on the gate from only $10 for adults (18+) with children under 17 free (tickets valid for evening rodeo).