It has been a tough couple of years for the Tumut Rodeo Club (TRC), who in April postponed their annual rodeo due to Covid-19, while poor weather impacted their 2019 rodeo.
The club’s 2019 campdraft was run in glorious conditions, but after Covid stopped many campdrafts scheduled to be held over the past nine months, there was concerns Tumut’s 2020 edition could be impacted.
The club had some luck though, and will host their three-day event at Tumut Showgrounds starting at 6am today, even attracting terrific interest, with more than 1300 entries received.
Club representative, Sam Kerr, said a bumper campdraft is just what the doctor ordered for local competitors.
“I think it’s great for us and all the local competitors,” Kerr said.
“We have had a rough year with the fires, and then Covid and hopefully we can let everyone let their hair down and have a good weekend.”
Kicking off bright and early today, and running through to Sunday, some of the district’s best horse riders will be in action, contesting a variety of events, headlined by Saturday’s Ross Webb Memorial, which carries more than $8000 in cash and prizes.
Over the three days, more than $22,500 in prizemoney will be available across eight events, which includes the Cecil Piper maiden draft, Nola Jones ladies draft, Frank Coonan juvenile draft and the Walter Cribb novice draft.
Additionally, there will be the encouragement and junior drafts, along with the Stockman’s Whip open for open draft.
In an added bonus, stock shouldn’t be an issue this year, but the TRC were still extremely grateful to those who allowed their cattle to be used across the three days.
“It’s not an issue this year, but we are very grateful because we understand how expensive stock is at the moment with the strong market,” Kerr said.
Kerr explained that the event was still limited to 500 people, and that extra precautions were being taken to abide by NSW Health Covid guidelines.
“There are limited numbers and we’ll just be making sure people are doing the right thing,” Kerr said.
“We had to do a Covid safe plan. We also have Covid forms that competitors, or anyone wanting to spectate will need to fill out.
“Anyone that wants to come will need to email us, or send us a message on Facebook.”
Additionally, extra cleaning will be undertaken on the day, along with the appointment of a Covid marshal.
“We will have a Covid marshal on the grounds at all times, and we are taking extra precautions,” Kerr said.
“We have cleaning contractors coming in to clean out the showers every three to four hours and things like that.”
It might be a little different, but camping will still be allowed at the event, and the TRC will run a full bar and canteen.
For anyone considering attending the event, or wanting more details, they are encouraged to visit Tumut Rodeo Club Charity Campdraft & Rodeo on Facebook, or alternatively, email Sam Kerr at [email protected]