Rodeo entries a record

ALASTAIR PAULIN
Last updated 12:34 16/01/2014
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RIDE 'EM, COWBOY: Will Wilding, of Queenstown, during the second division bareback at last year’s Richmond Rodeo.

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Cowgirls and cowboys will bring their Western skills to the Richmond A & P Showgrounds this Saturday.

A record 170 competitors have thrown their hats in the ring for open and second division events like the 8-second bullride, bareback riding, roping and tying, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

Richmond Rodeo Club secretary Tine Angus-Phyn said most competitors were travelling from Canterbury or beyond for the event and volunteers from neighbouring clubs, such as Reefton and Canterbury, would be on hand to help out.

Local kids can get the taste of dust by entering the sheep or calf ride competitions with entries accepted on the day between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

There will also be food stalls, a lolly scramble, amusement rides, Western memorabilia and raffles.

A portion of the gate takings will go to the Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.

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