Champions return for 2018 rodeo

Saturday's saddle bronc is a "who's who" of rodeo riders.
Saturday's saddle bronc is a "who's who" of rodeo riders.

The Forbes Rodeo is set to impress again this year, with current and past champions set to compete in every event.

Gates open at 9:30am at the Showground with admission price $15 for adults, $10 for under kids under 16 or $40 for the family.

Event organiser Shaun Read said some events have an impressive lineup of past and current Australian champions.

“In the saddle bronc riding, it’s the who’s who of riders,” Mr Read said.

Among the current champions is winner of last year’s Jaye Davie Memorial, Ben Molloy who is returning to defend his title and current Saddle Bronc Riding champion Ben Lees.

The rodeo is more than just about the riders, with many good horses and bulls being saddled for the event, including two horses who have been named saddle bronc horses of the year.

Also making an appearance in the rodeo is the bucking bull of the year, Eye Candy, who has so far resisted all attempts to ride out the time.

Mr Read said talented rider from Yass, Josh Bush has been assigned to Eye Candy and that hopefully he will be able to stay the distance.

Among the local competitors are Jake Tomlinson, who has had a competitive year, and Chet and Koby Read, who have had a good season being national finalist qualifiers in steer riding.

Mr Read said there is a good lineup of steer riders including local Ben Molloy, ready to compete in the Jaye Davie Memorial Buckle.

The rodeo will also be presenting a new buckle this year - the Paddy Molloy All Round Buckle – named for the local who had a long association with the rodeo.

For competitors to go into the running to win this buckle, they need to compete in both timed and roughstock events.

The first event is the Under 11 Junior Barrel Racing which kicks off at 9:30am, while the last event will be the Open Bull Ride which is set to start at 830pm.

Full canteen and bar facilities are available on the day, strictly no BYO alcohol.

Mr Read said there will be seating available in the grandstands, but spectators are welcome to bring down a chair or picnic blanket.

Though the day is not over after the Open Bull ride, as everyone is invited back to the Forbes Services Memorial Club for the after party with music by Kosmik Country Duo from 6:30pm.