Battle-hardy cowboys were minced, thrown and tossed around the Huntly Rodeo ring yesterday but they all lived to tell the tale.
Fraser Graham said the event had its best crowd in three years.
"The bucking horses put on a terrific performance," he said.
"And the cowboys weren't too bad either."
Organiser Fraser Graham said the warm and sunny weather had brought in the crowds.
"Definitely the good weather worked in our favour in terms of crowd numbers being up from last year," he said.
"It was very warm, though. We sold out of fizzy drink and we almost sold out of ice-creams."
The rodeo is an alcohol-free event since it started 12 years ago.
"'An organised sporting event is not the place to serve alcohol."
Mr Graham said the calibre of cowboys was the best he had seen.
"They did really well and the skills they displayed were all class," he said.
"It was just a really great day, and it was so good to see so many families here enjoying things."
- Waikato Times