The country comes to the coast again on January 5 for the 2013 Bull & Bronc Spectacular to be held at the Cudgen Leagues Club at Kingscliff. This will be the third year the event has been held at this venue after sixteen years at the Cabarita Equestrian Grounds.
Every year the event has been popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. For some of the coast spectators it is the only time they get to experience a little of the outback way of life. Cowboys and girls arrive wearing colourful shirts, chaps, buckles, boots and the compulsory cowboy hat, all adding to the atmosphere.
The bull and bronc program is still the same with Hall’s Rodeo Promotions bringing some of the best bucking stock and the cowboys will be working hard to stay on top for the required eight seconds. These cowboys love coming to the coast to ride. The crowd is always enthusiastic to become involved with the action, although from behind the safety of the barrier. And yes, the dust is there too, courtesy of Dunloe Sands who truck in loads of sand for the arena, also adding to the atmosphere.
Most important to the bull riders are the bull-fighting clowns; not sure if they are clever or crazy in the arena with these huge bulls. Their job is to attract the bull’s attention away from the rider allowing a safe escape. Then there are the bronc pickup men who on horseback pick up the bronc riders and take them to safety.
The lighter part of the night is comedy act Ian Bostock. Ian has been a part of the event for many years and brings along his faithful sidekicks and props, and a rodeo sense of humour that has all the family laughing. The banter between Ian and announcer Jason Hall is always entertaining; sometimes they become lost for words with their wacky sense of humour.
The Bull & Bronc Spectacular is not only a family night but is a major fundraiser for the associated clubs of Cudgen Leagues Club and the Cabarita Beach Pony Club. As well as the club opening the bistro a little earlier, the junior and senior cricket clubs will be having a barbecue, and a canteen with a variety of foods available. If you don’t want to leave your seat, pizza will be on sale again so none of the action is missed.
The night can also be viewed from air-conditioned comfort in the corporate area by purchasing a table. At the end of the bulls and broncs, live band Cavo and Pidgeon Boy Farmer will be performing at the newly covered outside area of the club.
Gates open at 5.30pm (NSW time) for 7pm (NSW time) start. Police and Security will be at the grounds. Enquiries: Cudgen Leagues Club 6674 1816, Wommin Bay Rd Kingscliff.