I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Plenty of thrills, spills & fun is to be had at Woodford
Over the years I have spent travelling north to places like Somerset Dam to do a bit of bass fishing and then going for a surf on the Sunshine Coast, I have travelled past a place called Woodford on the D'Aguilar Highway, and to be honest with you I haven't taken much notice.
This would be something that most of us would do as we travel around this great country of ours, going from place to place. Woodford is a small, but extremely pretty town with its wide streets, grand old hotel, colonial style shops and is home to one of Australia's largest collections of narrow gauge steam locos.
The Woodford Show and Rodeo is an event not to be missed. Image courtesy of the event organiser.
On Friday 17th, the gates will open at 8.30am and the Pavilion will close at 6pm. This is mainly a locals day for horses that will include show jumping, dressage and other various events. The daily admission costs for Friday will be as follows:
• Adults $10 • Students & pensioners with ID $5 • Family of 2 adults & 2 students $20 • Single family of 1 adult and 2 students $15 • Children under 14 are free.
On Saturday the 18th, the gates will open at 8am and there will be so much to see and do over the day and into the night when the gates close at midnight. The daily admission costs for Saturday will be as follows:
• Adults $15 • Students & pensioners with ID $10 • Family of 2 adults & 2 students $35 • Single family of 1 adult and 2 students $20 • Children under 14 are free.
You will be able to sit back and watch the Show Jumping & Horse Events in a variety of different areas.
The Dairy Cattle Pavilion will be in full swing with the judging to see who takes out first place in a variety of categories in the Woodford Show and Rodeo. There will be breeds of Illawarra, Holstein, Friesian, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Brown Swiss and Jersey Cattle. Those categories will be as follows:
Do you have an award winning dairy cow? If so why not enter it. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
And what about those magnificent Stud Bulls that will be parading around near Football Club House. Who will take out the following categories in 2016? Will it be one of last year's winners or will it be a new comer to this event? Only time will tell, as you will have to wait until the judging is finished.
What a magificent looking creature. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
BULLS - Sash and Prize Money JUNIOR CHAMPION - Sash RES. JUNIOR CHAMPION - Sash SENIOR CHAMPION - Sash RES. SENIOR CHAMPION - Sash GRAND CHAMPION BULL - Sash FEMALES - Sash and Prize Money JUNIOR CHAMPION - Sash RES. JUNIOR CHAMPION - Sash SENIOR CHAMPION - Sash RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION - Sash GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE - Sash CHAMPION LED STEER -Sash & $150 LOCAL HANDLERS COMPETITION -Trophy YOUNG JUDGES COMPETITION -Trophy YOUNG JUDGES - REGIONAL FINALS -Trophy HANDLERS COMP. - REGIONAL FINALS -Trophy MOST SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL TEAM - Trophy INTERBREED AWARDS - Sash GRAND CHAMPION TROPICAL BULL - Sash GRAND CHAMPION TROPICAL FEMALE - Sash GRAND CHAMPION BRITISH BULL - Sash GRAND CHAMPION BRITISH FEMALE - Sash GRAND CHAMPION EUROPEAN BULL - Sash GRAND CHAMPION EUROPEAN FEMALE - Sash GRAND CHAMPION SMALL BREEDS BULL - Sash GRAND CHAMPION SMALL BREEDS FEMALE - Sash SUPREME BULL EXHIBIT OF SHOW - Sash SUPREME FEMALE EXHIBIT OF SHOW - Sash SUPREME EXHIBIT OF SHOW - Sash INTERBREED EXHIBITORS GROUP – Prize money
One thing that you learn when putting articles together, is that you learn something new every day. I didn't know that there were so many different types of poultry being judged at the Woodford and Rodeo Show in 2016. Believe it or not, there are 90 different breeds that will be on show. Some of which are Rhode Island White, Hamburg AC, Modern Game Red Black, Ancona and the Japanese AC, just to name a few.
Maybe you have an award winning roster you would like to enter? Image courtesy of the event organiser.
I am sure that there are going to be a few feathers fluffed, breasts pump out, combs shined, vents cleaned and beaks polished ready for the judging of the poultry.
One of my favourites events at any show is the Dog Judging events which will be held east of the main gate and this is not to be missed. You will be able to see and talk to the owners of the following categories:
Who will win in 2016? Image courtesy of the event organiser.
• Group 1: Toy Dogs • Group 2: Terriers • Group 3: Gundogs • Group 4: Hounds • Group 5: Working Dogs • Group 6: Utility • Group 7: Non-Sporting
What could be more exciting than watching the chips fly in the wood chopping events and in Woodford, they have a local legend in the making. 16-year-old Clayton Cochran (fourth generation timber cutter) is the youngest son of Bob and Kym Cochran from Cedarton, Woodford and has followed his Grandfather Col and Father Bob around the bush for 10 years chopping into whatever timber had felled.
16-year-old Clayton Cochran is a fourth generation timber cutter. Image courtesy of event organiser.
His love for cutting wood nearly drove his grandfather crazy, until last year he was given his first racing axe. This led to his first competition chops. Clayton is once again extremely excited to be competing in his local Woodford Show. Come and show Clayton support at the Woodchops Saturday the 20th June.
If you reckon the chips will be flying in the wood chopping, then you can't miss the 2016 Chainsaw Race sponsored by the Stihl Shop Morayfield. Here you will get a chance to witness 16-year-old Hannah Retschlag rip post like no other female.
Hannah Retschlag racing one of her chainsaws at last years show. Image courtesy of the event organiser.
Hannah learnt her skills while helping her Dad Graham cut posts in the bush for approximately three years. Hannah's first post rip was at Kilcoy Show 2015 at the age of 15 competing against the professional men. She has competed in Kilcoy, Wallumbilla, Toogoolawah, Esk, and Tenterfield post rips and cut second in the Novice post rip at Proston Show this year.
Hannah loves her hotted up chainsaws. Image courtesy of the event organiser.
Hanna also competes in the under 100cc speed races and open speed races using Graham's Stihl 660 and Stihl 084, as she loves the hotted up saws. The bigger the better! So all the other competitors better watch out for Hanna and her chainsaws.
WOODFORD INVITATIONAL BULL RIDE & RODEO
Bull riding is not for the faint hearted. Image courtesy of the event organiser.
There will surely be some ups and downs, for those competing in the Woodford Invitational Bull Ride as they pit their skills against some very mean bulls. There will be twenty invited riders competing over 2 heats, with a top 10 into a winner take all short round.
This will be supported with 10 invited under 16 little britches bull riders and 10 invited poddy riders. Are you one of the invitees?
Invitations will start within the next few weeks. The Woodford Invitational Bull ride is on the 18 June 2016.
Will the riders last the 8 seconds? You have to wait to find out when you go to the Rodeo. Image courtesy of the event organiser.
If all that above is not enough for you to see, you will still have the judging for the following going on:
FARM PRODUCE & VEGETABLES
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
Like with all shows there will be plenty of international variety of food outlets, wine stalls, showbags, showgirls, Minions, Dagwood dogs, ice creams, farm machinery, jet skis, leather products, western gear and many local produce stores. There will also be a baby animal petting zoo, a reptile display, pony rides, music and the long ride bikes will also be there.
There will be plenty of stall displaying their wares. Image courtesy of the event organiser.
Community organisations that help or have a display are Woodford Scouts, Woodford P-10 State School. SES the Woodford Lions.
Ok men! So you think you can cook? If so, why don't you enter the "Men's Only Chocolate Cake" baking competition. You never know - you may take out the $300 prize.
At 10.00 am there will be the unveiling of the Bill Newton Plaque and you can also meet Queen Elsa between 10am to 12 noon. There will also be Krizzy the Clown, Kiddywinks Puppet Theatre, Puppet Making and Farmers Games to keep the kids and you entertained.
From 4.30pm in the Main Arena, you will be able to watch the Roof Top Express Wild West Arena Spectacular Show starring Anthony Cootes with his own handle on True blue Aussie comedy.
A show not to be missed. Image courtesy of Roof Top Express.
Anthony's specialty rodeo acts have inspired laughter and finger pointing wherever he goes. You will also be entertained by Troy Thomson who is a former Junior World Champion Bareback rider and trained horse for many an Australian film and television show.
Widely recognised as one of the rising stars of the horse industry, David Manchon has entertained crowds across Australia with his exciting horsemanship and is widely recognised as one of the rising stars of the Horse industry.
The Rooftop Show will bring its highly refined and visually enchanting stunts and hilarious moments to the Woodford Show. The horse play in the main arena will be taken to a new level for all to see. A show not to be missed!
At approximately 6pm, the fireworks will light up the sky, which will then be followed by the excitement of the rodeo. To cap the night off there will be an after party from 10pm to 12 midnight.
The fireworks will light up the sky at around 6pm. Image by Gary Brown.
But wait there's more! Why don't you go to the Woodford Winter Wonderland Show Ball on the 14th May at the Woodford Memorial Hall. Tickets are $55 per person or $50 per person for a booking of a table of 10. Click here for more information.
Dallas Weller the Rodeo Steward who organised the first rodeo and has done every year with some of the Showgirl entrants and winners from last year. Image courtesy of the event organiser.
As there is so much going on at the 2016 Woodford and Rodeo Show you will need to keep up to-date with who is going to the show and what else will be there. So I would suggest that you like their Facebook page for all the updates as they come to hand.
Or you can click on the Woodford Show and Rodeo webpage and go to the "DOWNLOADS PAGE" to see what's on the 2016 program.