By Paula Doran
The Broken Hill Rodeo Association has pushed back its planned 2023 debut event and will be breaking out of the schutes with vigour in 2024.
After meeting last week, the Association decided the rodeo, planned for April next year, would be best placed if they had more time to prepare.
“We’ve been busy organising the rodeo and have been really excited to bring back this event to Broken Hill,” said President Cecilia Norley.
“While researching available support and grants, we met with organisations like Foundation Broken Hill and Regional Development Australia among other local services who advised that our plan might be a bit ambitious financially.
“We’ve listened to their advice and taken on board their ideas. The plan to be up and running by 2023 was very ambitious and while there were good intentions it is not manageable financially,” Ms Norley said.
“So, in order to bring the community along with us and to maximise the opportunities for support and success we have deferred until 2024.”
The committee will now meet with other organising committees locally, as well as the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA), to choose a date in 2024 that will not cause disruption to any other established events.
“We’re giving ourselves time and taking the pressure off to work with NSW State Government bodies and corporate sponsors so that we can create an ongoing, sustainable funding model,” Ms Norley said.
“It provides more time to engage with community and establish local support, work with charities and services to include local groups and maximise opportunities for everyone.
“Broken Hill and the Far West has really come out of Covid as the festival and events capital of the outback. We want to add to that with an incredible event that draws not just the traditional rodeo goer, but the broader community. In creating that event we want to take our time to create the most incredible rodeo we’ve seen in this area,” she said.
“This will be something that joins the St Pat’s races, Mundi Mundi Bash, Agfair and Broken Heel as a great tourism drawcard, as well as attracting dedicated rodeo-goers on the national circuit.”
Ms Norley said she was looking forward to working with the Broken Hill community as well as businesses to help shape the event. “We’re giving ourselves time and taking the pressure off so that when we do open gates, it will be an event to remember.
“We’d certainly love for the mining industry to get behind the rodeo as they have in Mt Isa, to work in partnership and create some magic in the arena,” Ms Norley said. “Watch this space!”