Taken by the ho
September 29, 2017
Half-a-million dollars worth of upgraded facilities were officially unveiled at the Kununurra rodeo and campdraft on Saturday night.
The Kununurra Campdraft and Rodeo Association received a grant of about $320,000 last year from the Federal Government to build a multipurpose facility at the grounds.
Works consisted of a new office, storeroom, ablution block, bar, fencing and other general upgrades.
One last job remains on the list of the upgrade which is to install some new turf.
KCRA treasurer Sophie Cooke said the upgrades made the arena more user-friendly and it would have a great economic impact and foster increased participation with the association and its events.
WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Kimberley regional manager Krissie Dickman said sitting down with Mrs Cooke two rodeo showcases arena upgrades years ago and listening to her ideas for the association and rodeo was exciting.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price cut the red ribbon for the new facility and said the opening just went to show what could be done in regional WA when people put their heads together.
The rodeo was a hive of activity with some Filming of the upcoming TV series Mystery Road taking place.
Actors Aaron Pedersen and Wayne Blair were spotted, with the former stopping to take photos with members of the public.
In the arena, the girls' and ladies' barrel racing started off the events.
Brittany Hampton took out both girls' and women's categories with Falon Hoare the runner-up in two categories also.
Jason Reid was the first to go the distance in the bullock ride, getting a score of 58.
He finished fourth behind winner Nic Brisk and Will Durcin and Clayton Gatt.
Kadin Bauer was the only man to complete a ride in the bareback.
He also was the runner-up for the open bulls which was taken out by Simon Klein who was the only man to manage two scoring rides.
Rex Webster won the station buckjump, Cameron Bacon the second division bulls and Patrick Bourke the saddle bronc.
Emilio Swan was the best for the poddy ride and James Camp and Jack Morris were the fastest in the weaner scramble.
The pair finished one second ahead of Bacon and Jake Hicks.
Source: Kimberley Echo