Category Archive: Local News

Jul 29

National Finals Rodeo DVD now on sale

Photo by Lester Davis

Photo by Lester Davis

Editing has finished on the excellent DVD showing all the action at this year’s National Finals Rodeo held at Wanaka in March.  Copies of this DVD are now available at the price of $30.00 plus $5.00 postage.  Please send all orders to president@wanakarodeo.co.nz

Jul 29

NZRCA AGM : August 9th, 2014

The New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Annual General Meeting is to be held at the Yaldhurst Hotel in Christchurch, on Saturday, August 9th.  Check out further details on the NZRCA website or click through on the link above.

Jul 29

Next Wanaka Rodeo Club Meeting : 6 Aug

Photo by Lester Davis

Photo by Lester Davis

The next Wanaka Rodeo Club meeting will be held at the Luggate Fire Station at 8:00pm on Wednesday, August 6th. Everyone is welcome, especially new members.

Mar 19

National Finals resounding success at the Wanaka Rodeo grounds

Photo by Lester Davis

Photo by Lester Davis

Warm, calm, autumn weather, coupled with an enthusiastic crowd and a slickly run operation, meant a hugely successful National Finals at the Wanaka Rodeo Club grounds, near Albert Town, last week.  Held on Saturday 8th March and Sunday 9th March, spectators at the National Finals witnessed some highly entertaining and competitive performances over the three go rounds, resulting in Patrick McCarthy, of Rakaia, winning the All-Round Champion title for the first time.

The Wanaka Rodeo Club earned kudos for its well run operation over the two days, including many comments from experienced rodeo supporters that it was “one of the best National Finals ever”.  Wanaka Rodeo Club President Lyal Cocks said he was very proud of the tremendous effort all the club members made to pull off this significant event. He was particularly pleased with the quality of the stock and their performance over the two days. “The weather was perfect, the crowds were happy, the competitors rose to the occasion, and the result was an excellent Finals rodeo.”

All Round Champion Patrick McCarthy, of Rakaia, acknowledges the applause of the crowd at the 2013/2014 National Finals Rodeo in Wanaka, March 9, 2014. Photo by Lester Davis

All Round Champion Patrick McCarthy, of Rakaia, acknowledges the applause of the crowd at the 2013/2014 National Finals Rodeo in Wanaka, March 9, 2014.
Photo by Lester Davis

Live entertainment by Double Talk, of Timaru, kept the crowds entertained after the first go round on Saturday evening.  They also performed, together with Cameron Scott, at the dinner and awards ceremony, held at the Mt Iron Function Room, Albert Town Tavern on the Sunday night after the final go round.

Mar 19

Wanaka Rodeo Club meeting

Photo by Lester Davis

Photo by Lester Davis

The next Wanaka Rodeo Club meeting is on Wednesday, March 19th at 8:pm at the Luggate Fire Station. New members are particularly welcome.

Mar 04

Finals Awards Dinner Sold Out

A huge response to the sale of tickets to the National Finals Awards dinner at the Mount Iron Function Centre, Albert Town Tavern, Wanaka, this Sunday, March 9th, saw all the tickets sold out last weekend. Those who have missed out on the buffet dinner are still welcome to attend the post dinner awards and live entertainment, which will start around 8:30pm. Tickets, excluding the dinner, cost $10 per person and can either be purchased at the Albert Town Tavern from 8:00pm on Sunday evening, or by emailing secretary@wanakarodeo.co.nz , or via the Wanaka Rodeo website www.wanakarodeo.co.nz and use the Contact Us page before Sunday.  

Feb 09

National Finals Awards Function

Tickets are now selling for the Awards Function to be held after the National Finals complete, commencing 6:00pm on Sunday, March 9th, at the Mount Iron Function Centre, Albert Town Tavern, Wanaka.  Tickets can be purchased by emailing secretary@wanakarodeo.co.nz , or via the Wanaka Rodeo website www.wanakarodeo.co.nz and use the Contact Us page.  Tickets to the function, which includes a buffet dinner and live music, cost $45 per adult with a discounted rate for children.  There are only limited numbers of tickets so it’s recommended you order your tickets soon.

Jan 25

Wanaka Rodeo Club BBQ: 15 February

Wanaka Rodeo 2014. Photo by Lester Davis

Wanaka Rodeo 2014. Photo by Lester Davis

The Wanaka Rodeo Club is inviting all members and their families, as well as official supporters, to come along to a BBQ and social gathering at the Club’s home grounds, near Albert Town, on Saturday, February 15th from 3:00pm. As well as celebrating the success of the Club’s recent Annual Rodeo and thanking those who played key roles in that success, the gathering is also an opportunity to officially baptise the new Club Rooms. Members who are interested are welcome to bring their horses for a casual competition around barrels prior to the BBQ. Food and drink will be provided.

Jan 16

Photographic highlights of Wanaka’s Annual Rodeo, 2014.

Wanaka Rodeo Club member and photo specialist, Lester Davis, was on hand to capture some of the highlights and insights of the Annual Rodeo on January 2nd, 2014 at the Club’s home grounds, the Isuzu Arena, near Albert Town.



All photos courtesy of Lester Davis.

Jan 04

Wanaka’s 2014 Rodeo a huge success

Photo by Lester Davis.

Photo by Lester Davis.

Despite mixed weather, the Wanaka Rodeo Club’s annual event, last Thursday, January 2nd, was a resounding success.  Rain was forecast but didn’t eventuate, and a generous crowd of over 3000 spectators, ready to be entertained, flocked through the gates.  The crowd’s enthusiasm didn’t wane, even under a couple of passing showers, as they made the most of five hours of quality rodeo performances, a wealth of sideshows, stalls and food stands, and live dance and musical entertainment.  The stock performed well with only a couple of re-rides required, and a number of second division winners did well enough to break into the Open category.  A full list of the winners and place-getters is available on the NZRCA website (click on the link on the home page above).

 

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