Man injured, but still a great day out at Tyalgum
AN estimated five hundred people turned out to the 105th Tyalgum Diggers Sports and Family Fun Day at the weekend.
Tyalgum Diggers Sports Association member Eliot Cooper said they saw about double last year's turnout.
The event's attendance was crippled in recent years after being rained out on a number of occasions.
Mr Cooper said unpredictable weather had left organisers hesitant to include a rodeo on the bill.
"It usually involves a huge deposit," Mr Cooper said.
"It's a fairly expensive operation."
"After we were rained out in 2009 and 2010, we were a bit gun shy."
Mr Cooper said organisers hoped to continue the inclusion of animal events, and will be looking at re-introducing rodeos to the Diggers Sports in coming years.
"We had the Light Horse Troupe this year," Mr Cooper said.
"We hope to continue the tradition of animal events such as gymkhanas."
Mr Cooper said of the four-person Light Horse Troupe which was expected, only two people turned up on the day.
He said during their first charge, one of the riders fell from his horse and was unable to continue the show.
"He was leaning over on his horse while they were tent-pegging," Mr Cooper said.
"His horse was spooked and threw him off."
"He suffered bruising to his face, a sprained ankle and swelling."
Mr Cooper said the Mudgeeraba man was later taken to hospital.
While this year's event was designed to appeal to all ages, Mr Cooper said there was a visible absence of teenage attendees.
Mr Cooper said organisers would try to include an equestrian gymkhana into next year's Diggers Sports.
"It was overall a good day and there was a nice spirit there," he said.