Cowboy Matt Boland, winner of the top prize in the open bull ride event.
Cowboy Matt Boland, winner of the top prize in the open bull ride event.

Cudgen bulls and broncs attract over 2500 people

COUNTRY and coastal lives collided on Saturday night when over 2500 people attended the Cudgen Leagues Club Bull and Bronc Spectacular.

The event was round four of the National Rodeo Assiociation Competition, where professional cowboys join from around Australia.

Event organiser Jayne Henry said Ned Byrne Oval in Kingscliff held a mix of locals and visitors alike.

Ms Henry said while numbers were a bit lower than last year, it was an overall success.

"Everyone seems really happy and it's good to see so many families and about having fun on the Tweed," Ms Henry said.

"We introduced amusements for the younger members of the crowd this year and it proved to be very popular. This will definitely be something we expand on next year. "

Ms Henry said the event really brought the community together, with local businesses showing their support and Kingscliff Rotary Club getting on board for the first time.

Rotary president Nathan Williams said they were happy to be able to support the Cudgen Leagues Club, which they use as a meeting venue.

"We are more than happy to give a bit back to the club," Mr Williams said.

"I've been to a few of the Cudgen rodeos now but this one has had the warmest community feel about it."

Toowoomba cowboy Matt Boland took out the main prize, after a 76 point open bull ride early in the night.

National Rodeo Association director and MC for the night Jason Hall said there was plenty of excitement to be had throughout the night.

"It was an excellent crowd and a great atmosphere," Mr Hall said.

"We had 79 cowboys in action from Northern Queensland right through to Grafton."

This year's NRA Championship final will take place in early December, after 70 east coast events.

The rodeo is moving on to Byron for its fifth instalment on Thursday January 9.



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