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5 May, 2022

Bull ride spectacular returns to Mareeba

Mareeba’s Kerribee Park will be packed to the brim as the first round of the Great Northern Bull Riding Series touches down at the rodeo grounds for the first time since 2019, marking the start of the series tour across Queensland.


Mareeba’s Kerribee Park will be packed to the brim as the first round of the Great Northern Bull Riding Series touches down at the rodeo grounds for the first time since 2019, marking the start of the series tour across Queensland.

There will be action from start to finish on May 21 with locals able to watch novice bulls, mini bulls, junior bulls and of course the main event, the open bull ride, with $5,000 up for grabs over the event.

Mareeba Rodeo Association president Peter Brown said the bull ride will attract riders and spectators from across Queensland.

“Every part of Queensland will be represented at the bull ride,” he said.

After the costs to run the event have been covered, the profits made will be going directly to local charity, Friends of the Mareeba Hospital Foundation.

The foundation supports and assists the Mareeba Hospital by raising funds and advocating for new services at the hospital.

Mr Brown said the series donates to a worthy cause at each town they visit and the Friends of the Mareeba Hospital Foundation was the cause chosen for the first round.

“The Friends of the Mareeba Hospital Foundation are a great local organisation that supports the Mareeba Hospital,” he said.

“Hopefully you never need to, but everyone visits a hospital at least once in their lifetime.

President of Friends of the Mareeba Hospital Foundation Neil Setford said he was extremely appreciative of organisations such as the Mareeba Rodeo supporting the foundation.

“It is just absolutely fantastic that people are still thinking of the hospital because as much as the last few years have been a bit askew, we are still there, we’re still looking after everyone,” he said.

“The pandemic isn’t over, people are still getting sick from Covid, we are still looking after them.

“The community support for the hospital foundation from all of Mareeba is just fantastic.”

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