What a day at The Sydney Royal Easter Show. Not a cloud in the sky all day and as the sun set on Spotless Stadium, the horses were kicking.
For the first time in 41 years, showgoers were treated to the Poley Saddle Buckjump competition, a new heritage feature included in the Rodeo Series this year. The rowdiest broncs in the Showgrounds were mounted and packed into the bucking chutes, with some throwing some of Australia’s best stockmen in mere seconds. Hearts stopped when Jade French from Ferndale Station in the Northern Territory had the wind knocked out of him by a feisty horse called Rode Open. When he got to his feet he was met with a raucous round of applause from the stadium. Lachlan Ezzy from Willow Glen Station in Ingelwood Queensland took out the blue ribbon with 81 points.
The Poley Saddle Buckjump concludes tomorrow night in Spotless Stadium at 6:30. Don’t fret if you miss it, the event can be live streamed on the Syndey Royal Easter Show’s YouTube page and for all your horse-fueled adrenaline needs the rodeo continues nightly at Spotless Stadium.
After the rodeo the audience were treated to the night in, night out performances of Troy Cassar-Daley and Banjo Patterson’s romance The Man From Snowy River, vividly brought to life by stockmen, performers and hundreds of trained animals.
For those looking to end, or start, a long day on their feet with something a bit more low key, they headed over to the Sydney Royal Beer & Wine Garden in the Daily Telegraph Paddock. Showgoers are able to sample, or purchase to take home, Sydney Royal Gold medal winning wines and beers. Our reporter Matt caught up with Dylan to get the lowdown on what was on offer, which you can catch below. The garden is open daily from 11am – 8.30pm, has ample seating for families and is a stone’s throw away from the Graze Alfresco if you wanted to have a bite with your bevy.
Before leaving, attendees would be at a loss to miss the pyrotechnic stylings of Howard & Sons, putting on The Colours of the Outback. Complete with a synchronised soundtrack by Darwin based didgeridoo and drums two-piece eMDee the show encapsulates the outback in a uniquely Australian way. Show Radio announcer Lex spoke to fourth generation Andrew Howard, who directed the show and shared some insights into his craft, which if you missed you can listen to below. You can catch the fireworks nightly from 8:50pm at Spotless Stadium.