Ron Zwiers

Last year the Port Vila Rodeo gave the public of Port Vila a show of thrilling raw power and belly aching laughs! The Port Vila cowboys donned their hats, dusted off their chaps and kicked up dirt!

Well they’re doing it again this year on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October. Location is once again at the Rodeo Grounds in Bellevue and proceeds are going to the ProMedical Rescue heroes.

Over 30 brave cowboys, cowgirls and 2 Rodeo Clowns joined in the fun last year and they are coming back to bring you a bigger event this year over 2 action packed days!

Events include the timed Slalom, Flag and Barrel races and the Stockman’s Race and some new surprise events this year — but the real excitement will be with the Bucking Bull and Wild Horse riding. Bulls are once again being very kindly loaned to the event by Marco & Line Traverso who are great supporters and sponsors of this event.

Star bronc horse for 2016 was ‘Gunpowder’ who gave his hard-working cowboy, John Kalek from Santo, the ride of his life and we hope to see this pair back in action again this year!

The event will see riders from Santo and New Caledonia once again andthis year the team is blessed to have 3 Rodeo Clowns to help keep the Cowboys safe. Special thanks to thank Rodeo Clown sponsors for assisting with the expenses of bringing clowns to this event – put your hands together for First National Real Estate, Vanuatu Gas and Prolink Plumbing!

An event of this magnitude cannot happen without community support and our sponsors have been mighty generous in coming forwards to show their support for this extreme sport. All sponsors will be named over the next few weeks so keep an eye out on our Facebook Page as they come on line.

We have been inundated with positive vibes from Rodeo fans on our Facebook Page so if you want to keep up with what’s happening at our event feel free to check it out and enjoy the photos.

Catering is being supplied by K2 Kitchen so please come and show them your support and munch on some yummy food and cool drinks whilst enjoying the action!

The Port Vila Rodeo – Fun– Action– Sport – Thrills – Spills — Laughs! See you all there!

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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