Rodeo ready despite virus

DESPITE the cancellation of public events across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Homebush Recreation Club are going ahead with their inaugural rodeo event next month.

The event organisers have requested funding from Balranald Shire Council to support the event, pending a decision by council.

Following Anzac Day services, the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) event will be held on April 25 at Homebush Balranald Recreation Reserve.

Homebush Recreation Club secretary Sandy Pippin said the rodeo was being held to give residents in the drought-stricken town an event to attend.

"We've taken notice of what's going on, but we're still planning on going ahead at this stage, as we have no way of estimating crowd numbers," Ms Pippin told The Guardian.

However, rodeos were cancelled across the country at the weekend, including a meet at Euroa in Victoria.

Riders from South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales will descend on the grounds, including Paddy Mulquiny, from Penarie, and Lane Hodgson, from Kyalite.

Homebush Recreation Club president Pip Pippin said the last time an event was held in the farming community of Penarie was a machinery field day in 2011.

"There's nothing out here anymore," he said.

"We had a (machinery) field day about 10 years ago, but that's all folded.

"We were in the middle of a drought and nobody had any money."

The club had also previously held gymkhana's but due to their insurance premium increasing, the event folded.

The rodeo will be run by Garry McPhee Rodeo Company, with a mixture of bull and horse rides.

Gates will open at 2pm, with an entry fee to be paid upon entry.

For more details and information on the event, email the committee at homebushrec@outlook.com.