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Walgett Charity Bushmen’s Carnival a taste of the real Outback

Ben Rossiter on Opera, Rhys Angland on Angland’s Chikoleeta, Ned Kennedy on Designer Lynx, and Hamish Cameron on Nic Nac, David Cameron on Bronte, Ben Tapp on Supernova. Photo TWH

Walgett Charity Bushmans Carnival

The 2023 Walgett Charity Bushman’s Carnival campdraft and rodeo attracted competitors Australia wide, all lured by more than $19,000 worth of prizes for the rodeo events alone, as well as the chance to take home the championship.

Organisers decided to combine the campdraft and rodeo this year to appeal to the whole community and make it a family-friendly event.

Children as young as six pulled on their cowboy boots and buckles to take part, and there were plenty of contenders for all categories over the three-day event.

It was a huge weekend for Rhys Angand from Wagga Wagga, who won the very first Walgett Charity Bushmen’s Carnival All-Rounder Incentive.

Rhys started off his weekend winning the Maiden A with a score of 88 points and backed it up with a second place in the Maiden B with 87 points putting him in a comfortable lead for the All-Rounder Incentive with just a place in the Open Saddle Bronc to secure the title.

On Saturday, he led the Open Saddle Bronc until the very last competitor, only to be beaten by half a point but took home second place in the Battle of the Barwon Open Saddle Bronc.

Back in the campdraft arena on Sunday, Rhys scored 87 points to put himself in the final of the Open and adding enough points to be the clear winner of the $1000 cash prize and the title of Walgett Charity Bushmen’s Carnival All Rounder.

The event was well supported by the local community and businesses as well as sponsors from Tamworth and further afield, keen to support a return to rodeo events in the Far West.{…]

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