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8 February, 2023

Oakey Rodeo returns

Over 2000 people descended on the Showgrounds for a night out as the Oakey Rodeo returned for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.


Barrel Race Champion Kate Patch

The Rodeo made a wildly successful return earlier this month as half the town turned out to watch the NRA affiliated event. 

After gates opened at 3pm, the rodeo began at 6pm, featuring competitions including Bull Ride, Saddle Ride, Bareback Ride, Barrel Race,Under 18 Jnr Bull Ride, Under 18 Jnr Barrel Race, Novice Bull Ride,  Novice Barrell Race, Poddy Ride 7 - Under 12.

The event took place under twilight and evening conditions, with a full moon providing a stunning backdrop for spectators.

Scores of attendees crammed into the limited seating to get a glimpse of the rodeo action.  

A bar and food vendors from Dalby, and St Monica’s School, among other operated throughout the night.

Entertainment was provided by young country artist Riley Young from Dalby.

Jockey and Oakey local Kate Patch said it was great to have the rodeo back in Oakey. 

“They’re a great committee and they put a lot of work in,” she said.

All proceeds aided the Oakey Show Society.

Results were as follows:

U-18 Novice Bullride:

1. Lucas Taylor (77), 2. Jacob Kellett (69)/Jake Taylor  (69), 4. Matty Ahearn (68)

Bareback ride

1. Ross Tilley (69), 2. Nathan Gay (68), 3. Tyson Croucher (66), Sean Hotz (63)

Saddle ride

1. Lane Grayson (68)

U-12 Poddy ride

1. Sid Geran (65) 

U18 Junior Barrel Race

1. Brydie Leeson (13.176sec), 2. Chilli Lowndes (13.392sec), 3. Jordyn O’Toole (13.543sec), 4. Mia Beauchamp (13.696 sec)

Novice Barrel Race

1. Tilly Austin (13.894sec), 2. Ellie Granger (13.928sec), 3. Lisa Ross (14.188sec), 4. Denae Watt (14.255sec)

Barrel Race

1. Kate Patch (13.265sec), 2. Cheyenne Whitwell (13.622sec), 3. Katrina Pugsley (13.830sec), 4. Ella Christensen (13.851sec)


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