Ranching Down Under – Warwick Rodeo

By Samantha Hall

The small inland city of Warwick, Queensland, is known as the City of Roses and is home to the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft, which is easily Australia’s most famous rodeo and campdraft. It draws some of the best competitors from all over the country for the last week of October every year.

The program consists of seven days as some of the best horses and horse women and men in Australia battle it out in the campdraft arena for the Warwick Gold Cup, which runs over two go rounds and a final. Four days of rodeo action includes all the rough stock events along with a full program of timed events.

Station buckjump competitions were first held as long ago as 1857 at Canning Downs Station, Warwick, Queensland. Throughout the years the station’s buckjump competition grew to include a bull ride. By 1902 the Canning Downs Rodeo had formed and would be held in conjunction with the annual Warwick Agricultural Show.

To read more pick up a copy of the December 2017 NTFR issue.