Taleah Wallace and Jodie Johnson enjoying a chat at the Mt Perry Rodeo.
Taleah Wallace and Jodie Johnson enjoying a chat at the Mt Perry Rodeo. Adam McCleery

Saddle up for the weekend

THE National Rodeo Association and Extreme Rodeo are once again returning to Mount Perry after the success of the 2016 event, the first in the town since the 2011 floods.

The weekend event, being held this Saturday, October 14, will consist of Trail Riding and Team Penning events to compliment the show-piece rodeo with Mount Perry offering a great experience for local and visiting riders.

Including 2015 and 2016 National Rodeo Association Barrel Race Champion Laura Bostock who competes in the 2016 event at Mt Perry.

"It is great to be able to come here and compete,” Bostock said.

"The facilities are awesome for what we need which is a bonus.”

The rodeo event will commence at 6:00pm from the main ring at the Mount Perry Show Grounds. A trail ride will also be available for avid horse riders and Mount Perry resident Rodney Bettiens is one of those avid riders.

"The whole idea for the trail ride was to get more people through the gates and giving them value for money,” Bettiens said.

"The trail ride opens up the opportunity for people to have a leisurely ride and see some amazing scenery.”

The Mount Perry Rodeo Committee were able to return the rodeo to Mount Perry in 2016 after years of recovery from the floods and with the event now running for a second consecutive year things are getting back on track.

Last year 20 riders signed up for the trail ride and its hoped that the growing success of the Mount Perry event can draw even more riders this year.

"There is so much more to see out here, I look forward to showing more riders around,” Bettiens said.

The trail ride will start at 7:00am with team penning set to begin from 8:00am and the rodeo itself at 6:00pm.

Tickets are $10 at the gate for adults and only $5 for children with free camp sites available, an all day barbecue complimented with music and a bar open until late.

There are eight money prize categories with $1500 up for grabs in the Bull Ride Open.

Bull rider Garth Beauchamp came out of retirement last year with Mountt Perry being one of his first events back.

"It was an awesome event I have to be honest,” Beauchamp said.

Beauchamp said after last years event it was a sure bet he and his family would return for this years event.

"We ended up staying all night because it was that much fun,” Beauchamp said.

Beauchamps wife and two daughters each compete in the barrel racing, making the rodeo a family affair.

A cars show has also been scheduled for this years event, showing off some of the best cars on offer from around the region.

The Mount Perry Show Grounds are located on the Monto Mount Perry Road and the continued support of the North Burnett community is needed to secure the future of this rural event.

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