Tooloombilla bucks in 2021

Full house sees in the 2021 new year at the Tooloombilla rodeo

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The New Year's Eve full moon shines down on the 600-strong crowd enjoying the Tooloombilla Bulls and Broncs night.

The New Year's Eve full moon shines down on the 600-strong crowd enjoying the Tooloombilla Bulls and Broncs night.

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While revellers in other parts of Australia and the world were being asked to end 2020 quietly at home in front of their televisions, bulls and broncs were the order of the day in the Maranoa.

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While revellers in other parts of Australia and the world were being asked to end 2020 quietly at home in front of their televisions, bulls and broncs were the order of the day in the Maranoa.

After the forced cancellation of their usual three-day event last March, the Tooloombilla Rodeo & Campdraft Association's New Year's Eve event attracted a full house at the Forestvale venue north of Mitchell.

The night was capped at 600 and attracted people from Warwick to Wyandra for the National Rodeo Association-affiliated event.

It also attracted some of the nation's top cowboys doing battle with some very fresh bucking stock, including three-time PBR Australia champion Aaron Kleier.

True to form, the Clermont champion mastered Baby Blue in the second round to claim the open bull ride buckle with a score of 81.

His main competition was Chinchilla's Kenny Hyland.

Three riders shared the spoils in the open saddle bronc competition, Tooloombilla's own Kimba Fien, Lachie Sheppard from Amby, and another Tooloombilla local, Damien Brennan, a graduate of Odessa College in the US.

Each posted a score of 68, while Damien won the top six shoot-out finale with a 72-point ride on Baby Bomb at the end of the night.

Injune's Tom Webster was a clear winner in the bareback event, riding Devil's Shadow for 72 points.

A rider of the future keeps his eye on the action at Tooloombilla.

A rider of the future keeps his eye on the action at Tooloombilla.

There was plenty of interest in the bull riding, where Liam Hoare came down from Springsure to claim the novice buckle with a 66-point ride after struggling with a rank bull in the first round.

In the mini bull section, Charlie McLellan of Jericho claimed the under 15 title while in the 7-U12 age group, the winner was Clay Egan, one of the first out of the chutes at the start of the night.

Tooloombilla's secretary Kate Twist said they would be unlikely to donate the usual amount to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, given it was a one-night event rather than the usual three days but they hoped to announce a profit for the aeromedical retrieval organisation shortly.

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