In a first for Vanuatu, two talented Port Vila Cowboys were invited and sponsored to head to Bourail in New Caledonia to compete in their annual rodeo.
This event is known throughout the Pacific as the biggest Rodeo event in New Caledonia and took place last weekend.
Accompanied by David Russet, the Chairman of the Port Vila Rodeo Club, Jacky Ham from Ambrym (Ballande Vanuatu) and Paul Sailas from Tanna (Traverso) presented themselves in front of the large crowds and were welcomed with huge cheers.
This is the first time these cowboys had flown overseas and they performed well in both Wild Steer and Wild Horse rides.
“It was an amazing experience for these Vanuatu cowboys and they learnt new skills and techniques,” said Mr. Russet.
“We have sealed good friendships with the Bourail Rodeo Committee and we look forward to more rider sharing between the Port Vila Rodeo and the Foire de Bourail”.
He added, “Every year we invite and pay for at least 10 New Caledonian riders and officials to ensure we have a truly international flavour and expertise at the Port Vila Rodeo. Our cowboys receive invaluable training and advice from these experienced cowboys. This has in turn given both Jacky and Paul the confidence to do better every year at our event since we started in 2016.
“It has been the primary aim of the Port Vila Rodeo Committee to give the very best chance for our Vanuatu Cowboys to showcase themselves internationally and we are very proud of how Jacky and Paul performed. Vanuatu should be very happy for what has been achieved by these 2 cowboys.”
If you want to watch Jacky and Paul and our other talented cowboys in action head to our Port Vila Rodeo – October 12th and 13th — in Bellevue.