Cootamundra Rodeo Association’s sixth Gymkhana for the year on Saturday was a success, according to the group’s president, Francis Ross.
“It was quite good, we had about 25 riders for our Gymkhana,” he said.
“We had people from Binalong, Yass, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Wagga and all around the area.”
Participants hit the Rodeo Ground in Cootamundra for a day of events including flags and barrells, bending, and western bending.
Mr Ross said the Gymkhana events were, in general, getting bigger.
“This year they have been really well supported,” he said.
“This one was one of the smallest ones we have had, but the reason why is because it was right in the middle of all the shows and there were lots of other things going on.
“We have been getting up around 35 to 40 riders at our Gymkhanas, and this one had only 25.”
Mr Ross said the number of young participants at the Gymkhana was an encouraging sign for the rodeo association’s future.
“We cater right from the led riders, we had eight competitors in the leds where the horse is led by mum or dad,” he said.
“That's what it’s all about: getting the young ones involved and they keep coming back.
“We cater right through from the leds to the novice and open events.”
Mr Ross said the association was working towards holding another event in early December but had not settled on the date yet.
“We are going to have one more. We have a point score over the whole year,” he said.