Top NZ riders bidding to qualify for national finals

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RIDERS from throughout the country will provide a day full of action for spectators during the 49th annual Mataura Rodeo on Saturday, February 10.
Mataura Rodeo Club secretary/treasurer Alyce Perkins said competitors travelled all the way from Kaitaia to attend the event, which is the second-last rodeo on the New Zealand calendar for the season.
“We have received 216 entries.
“[Riders] are trying to win as many points as possible in hope of qualifying for the national finals, which are on March 10 and 11 in Wanaka,” Mrs Perkins said.
Competitors in junior, second division and open division would compete in bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, roping and steer wrestling events.
“The rodeo is always a great day out, and as well as seeing all the cowboys and girls in action, spectators can be entertained with a local barrel race, which is open for anyone to enter on the day,” Mrs Perkins said.
“There will also be a lolly scramble and novelty barrel racing event later in the day.”
Food and drinks can be bought at the grounds.
The event will be held at the rodeo grounds on Mataura-Wyndham Rd, beginning at noon after a preliminary competition from 10am.
The rodeo has attracted many top New Zealand competitors and at least seven Mataura club members will also participate in the event this year.
“It is a great chance to come and watch some of the local club members in action,” Mrs Perkins said.
The Mataura Rodeo is part of the NZ Rodeo Cowboys Association southern circuit, which also covers rodeos in Invercargill, Waikouaiti, Lawrence and Outram.

Mataura Rodeo, Saturday, February 10, from 10am, rodeo grounds, Mataura-Wyndham Rd. Entry $15 adults and $5 children.
No dogs, cameras or long-lens filming equipment allowed.
No alcohol is permitted to be brought into the event.