Beechworth just loves seeing those bucks |PICTURES

 Ryan Watson, of Wangaratta, narrowly misses the steer with his lasso in the steer roping section 1. Pictures: TARA GOONAN
Ryan Watson, of Wangaratta, narrowly misses the steer with his lasso in the steer roping section 1. Pictures: TARA GOONAN
Thomas Whitwell, of Queensland, in the steer wrestle section 1.

Thomas Whitwell, of Queensland, in the steer wrestle section 1.

Tyler Pendergast, of Townsville, ends up on his back in the steer wrestle section 1.

Tyler Pendergast, of Townsville, ends up on his back in the steer wrestle section 1.

Jackson Guilford, 9, of Leeton, competed in the morning and was there to watch his dad who is a champion cowboy.

Jackson Guilford, 9, of Leeton, competed in the morning and was there to watch his dad who is a champion cowboy.

 Kenny Flanagan, of St Arnaud in Victoria, wrestling with a steer in section 1 of the competition.

Kenny Flanagan, of St Arnaud in Victoria, wrestling with a steer in section 1 of the competition.

Wooragee's Nankervis family - Tess, 5, Emma, Darcy, 10, David, Riley, 12, and William, 7.

Wooragee's Nankervis family - Tess, 5, Emma, Darcy, 10, David, Riley, 12, and William, 7.

Jonathan Sherripp, Chris Taylor and Richard Worcester, all of Beechworth, ran a fundraiser for the local footy and cricket clubs.

Jonathan Sherripp, Chris Taylor and Richard Worcester, all of Beechworth, ran a fundraiser for the local footy and cricket clubs.

Tumbarumba's Rachael Daniels and Jessica Doughty with Yarrawonga's Min Bowden.

Tumbarumba's Rachael Daniels and Jessica Doughty with Yarrawonga's Min Bowden.

Lavington's Steve Butler and Karen Williams, who last went to a rodeo when she was 7 years old.

Lavington's Steve Butler and Karen Williams, who last went to a rodeo when she was 7 years old.

Old neighbours and family friends Bek Christie, 13, Abby Allen, 12, Mia Allen, 16, Jesse Furlong, 6, Rachel Christie, 14, and Heidi Allen, 10.

Old neighbours and family friends Bek Christie, 13, Abby Allen, 12, Mia Allen, 16, Jesse Furlong, 6, Rachel Christie, 14, and Heidi Allen, 10.

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BEECHWORTH’S first rodeo was branded a success and organisers say they will be running it again next year, thanks to the support of their town. 

About 2500 people poured into the Mayday Hills grounds to watch the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country.

Rodeo national champion Brad Pierce, from Tooma, won the Saddle Bronc event.

Queensland’s Sam Champ took out the open bull ride, national champion Gerard Oversby won the open bareback and Teneille Little from Gunnedah was the ladies’ barrel racing winner.

Organiser Maree Anstee was pleased.

“A good 70 per cent of our crowd had never been to a rodeo before,” Ms Anstee said.

“People who wouldn’t normally go to a rodeo came to it.

“It was so fantastic and even in the planning of the event, we had the whole town behind us.”

Ms Anstee has competed in rodeos for years and she spruiked the idea in her hometown.

“I had a few friends that said ‘You should do a rodeo in your town’,” she said.

“We’re a big tourist town and I took the idea to the footy and netball club committee and they thought yes, this is a good and a new way to fundraise.”

Beechworth’s rodeo was held at the opportune time, tacked on to the end of the Christmas series run by the Australian Professional Rodeo Association.

“The Christmas run is Myrtleford, Deniliquin, Yarrawonga, Tumbarumba, Finley and now us,” Ms Anstee said.

“So you get the best cowboys in Australia coming down for it. 

“The plus side of that is you get the best stock in Australia coming as well.

“There wasn’t really that many points recorded in the bull ride because the stock was so good.”

Tamworth team roping competitor Jeff Miller had been travelling to the Christmas series for years and he said Beechworth’s rodeo had a big future.

“Where we combine several rodeos together, they’re going to be well-supported,” Mr Miller said.

“That makes the trip worthwhile.

“I thought (Beechworth) was exceptional — I was very pleased with how appreciative the crowd was.

“Once the committee gets their grounds established with a bit of grass and turf to make it more comfortable for onlookers, I think they’ve got a big future.”

Emma Nankervis, from Wooragee, normally goes to the Myrtleford rodeo once a year with her husband and children.

“We thought as it’s the first time to be held in Beechworth it’d be great to go along,” she said.

“It was a really, really good night.

“For a first-time rodeo, I think they did a wonderful job.”

The rodeo raised about $1500 for the Beechworth Football and Netball Club and its cricket club.

Beechworth footballer Chris Taylor was one of about 50 volunteers on the day and commented: “Most of the boys hadn’t been to a rodeo".

“It’s really good profit-wise for the town,” he said. 

Mooroopna's  Melissa Cowan, Colt Cowan, 3, and Butch Cowan,

Mooroopna's Melissa Cowan, Colt Cowan, 3, and Butch Cowan,

Beechworth's Holding family - Elijah, 10, Shaune,  Makayla, 7, and Bella, 8 - were at the rodeo to celebrate Elijah's 10th birthday.

Beechworth's Holding family - Elijah, 10, Shaune, Makayla, 7, and Bella, 8 - were at the rodeo to celebrate Elijah's 10th birthday.

Ms Anstee thanked the all the volunteers and sponsors.