By DARREN COYNE
KATIE Upton and Wombles are after a trifecta this weekend.
They will be competing in the barrel race at the Cabarita Bull and Bronc Spectacular on Saturday evening ? an event they have won for the past two years.
"Cabarita has always been a lucky one for us," Katie, who comes from Ipswich, said yesterday.
"It's the first of the year and everyone enjoys coming here to compete."
The Bull and Bronc Spectacular is also a lucky event for the many local charities supported with the profits from the night, which is expected to attract about 4000 spectators.
Those spectators will be treated to some of the finest bucking bulls and horses in the country, either purchased or bred by Kerry Hall and Carol Bostock of Ipswich.
"We go through hundreds of horses to find the buckers ... we breed from the baddest mares to get the best buckjumpers and we buy horses that other people can't ride," Carol Bostock said.
"That black horse over there has had eight owners try to ride him. Now he's been sent to us. We're the last stop before the knackers."
Ms Bostock said the buckjumpers and bulls enjoyed a great life.
"Most of these animals would be dead if it wasn't for the rodeo," Ms Bostock said.
"They do about eight seconds of work every few weeks and for the rest of the time they get the best food and hang around in the paddock with each other.
Ms Bostock said the Cabarita Bull and Bronc Spectacular always attracted a strong line-up of competitors.
"We've got the national bareback champion, national bull riding champion and saddlehorse of the year," she said.
"It's a super night of action- packed fun. Our target audience is families and kids are our best customers. They love it."
The Cabarita Bull and Bronc Spectacular ? which also features live music and comedy displays by rodeo clown Ian Bostock ? is organised by the Cabarita Horsemen's Association Inc and is held at the Cabarita Beach Equestrian Centre.
Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start. Tickets for adults are $10, children $5 and families $25 (two adults, two children).