The rodeo, which had its 50th anniversary in 2011, is conducted by a committee from St Mary’s and St Philip’s churches in Bungendore led by Greg Darmody and supported by a large number of volunteers from both churches.
The event is the combined churches major fund raiser along with the annual Bungendore Spring Ball. Funds raised enable both churches to support the local community in a number of ways. Greg and the Committee would like to express their thanks and gratitude to the business houses of Bungendore and the many corporate organisations that have sponsored our Rodeo over the years.
Rodeos have been a big part of Australia’s pioneering history.
The men that developed this entertainment would have looked on the skills on display at a rodeo as all part of a day’s work.
The horse was their car and tractor. The skills they needed to manage their livestock and farms all centred around their ability to train and handle animals in all aspects of early development of this country. Rodeos today give us some insight into what their skills and capabilities had to be like to manage their everyday chores pioneering this country. A bush sport developed by our ancestors for some light hearted entertainment for the rough and tough, both man and beast.
The Bungendore Rodeo is presented by the St Mary’s and St Philip’s Combined Churches Rodeo Association Incorporated. The Rodeo is conducted each year in October. The Rodeo is conducted as ecumenical activity to raise funds for the local Catholic (St Mary’s) and Anglican (St Philip’s) Churches that has been ongoing since 1960.
The Rodeo Grounds can cater for large number of spectators, has ample car parking facilities and basic camping facilities. Food, drinks, merchandising outlets and bars are on site. Jumping castle and merry-go-round rides are available for children. The Bungendore Rodeo has become a favourite event for many families in the area and visitors come from far afield including Young, Cowra and Yass to watch the fun. A great family day of entertainment in a wonderful rural setting was appreciated by a large crowd that watched and enjoyed a wide range of events in perfect spring weather.
As an official round of the NSW rodeo championship, the full range of events were conducted including bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, rope and tie, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping – there was non-stop action in the arena from 8.30am to 4.30pm.