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2 August, 2022

Bullride thrills and spills set for Mt Carbine

AN action-packed day filled with the excitement of bull riding mixed with live entertainment and lots of fun for the whole family is ready to kick off at Mt Carbine next weekend.

A rider takes on a bull at last year’s event. PHOTO BY PETER ROY.
A rider takes on a bull at last year’s event. PHOTO BY PETER ROY.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the 21st annual Mt Carbine Bull and Bronc Ride, with free camping on site on Saturday 13 August. 

Gates open at 10am, with the bar opening at 2pm and all the action-packed events set to kick off from 5pm.

Affiliated with the Central Rodeo Cowboys Association, the event attracts the best of bull and bronc riders from across the region, with competitors coming from Weipa, Chillagoe, the Cape, Hopevale and Mareeba’s gun Wyatt Milgate may also be competing. 

Riders will saddle up in a bid to win the Open Bull ride, as well as Novice, Junior and Mini bull categories, Open Saddle Bronc, Bushman’s Saddle Bronc, calf ride and juvenile steer categories. 

Last year, the event introduced a new trophy in memory of one of the Mt Carbine Rodeo Association’s first committee members, Dennis Ross, and this year the Memorial Trophy will be up for grabs again for the juvenile bull ride winner. 

The other event that drives interest is the Bushman’s Saddle Bronc which can be contested by any rider in the Open Bull Ride category and has a $1000 cash prize. 

All names are put into a hat, with the rider drawn out expected to use the saddle they normally use while mustering to take on the meanest bull in the bunch, whilst having to crack the whip with their free hand while holding on to the bucking beast.

After the thrills of the arena, crowds will be entertained by “Careless” from 9pm till late. 

The Mt Carbine Rodeo Association and volunteers put a lot of effort and energy into hosting the event, putting on food such as hamburgers, steak burgers, chicken rolls and so on, as well as running the bar, with all proceeds going back into funding the association’s activities. 

In addition to buckles and sashes, a total is $10,000 is up for grabs on the night. 

Patrons are encouraged to book early by going to www.trybooking. com/BZXTE, with tickets bought online to be shown at the gate (printed or on phones). 

Tickets are also available at the gate, but organisers remind patrons this is a cash only event.


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