Cowboys prepare for bucking good time at annual Eatons Hill Rodeo

Published 4:00pm 21 July 2022

Cowboys prepare for bucking good time at annual Eatons Hill Rodeo
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Hold onto your hats folks, as the 10th Annual Rodeo will be returning to the Eatons Hill Hotel next month for a big afternoon of live entertainment, music and fun.

Some of Australia’s best rodeo competitors will take to the arena on Saturday, August 27 in a bid to be crowned the winner. 

The event was due to be held in April but was rescheduled by the National Rodeo Association due to the wet weather.

One of the cowboys who will be competing is 21-year-old Ty Thomson, who comes from Mount Walker in the Scenic Rim.

Ty has been riding bulls since he was 12 and has competed all over Australia numerous times and been to America once.

“Competing in rodeos does take me to a lot of cool places,” Ty said.

“I have been to the Eatons Hill Rodeo a few times… five times I think… and it is the one event that everyone wants to win.

“There’s a really cool atmosphere there and a lot of people cheering you on.”

During the rodeo, each competitor must stay on their bull for at least eight seconds which seems like a daunting task, but for Tyler it’s second nature.

“I tend to get a little nervous before the rodeo than on the actual day,” Tyler said.

“Because I have been doing it for so long, I know how to use those nerves and turn them into power.

“There are some bulls that put the wind up people, so it’s important to turn that fear into adrenalin and make it work for you.”

When he isn’t working as a contract musterer, Ty likes to spend his free time practicing on the bulls to perfect his skills.

“When I’m not working or on the rodeo circuit, I practice almost every weekend,” he said.

“During COVID I was practicing two or three times a week.”

Ty is hoping for a big turnout out at the Eatons Hill Rodeo to cheer him and the other riders on.

“It’s a great event that you don’t want to miss,” he said.

“This is definitely going to be one of the best rodeo events of the year.”

Cowboys prepare for bucking good time at annual Eatons Hill Rodeo
Above: Queensland bull rider Ty Thomson will be appearing at the 10th Annual Rodeo at the Eatons Hill Hotel.

Fun for the whole family

Country lovers and city slickers alike will have a crackin’ good time at the rodeo, which will showcase the best the country has to offer.

Throughout the day, visitors can step up and experience bull rides, saddle rides and bareback rides.

Kids can also join in the fun with junior bull rides and poddy rides – where young kids aged between 8-13 are strapped down to the animal with one hand using a bull rope.

There will also be plenty of whip cracking, kid’s entertainment, live entertainment, food stalls and a cattleman’s bar.

The fun will continue long into the night at the Hills Nightclub with the best boot scootin’ DJs in Brisbane.

More information

Tickets are still available for the 10th Annual Rodeo at Eatons Hill Hotel, and can be purchased online at Oztix.

Gates will open at 2pm with the rodeo commencing at 4pm.

The Eatons Hill Hotel is located at 646 South Pine Road, Eatons Hill.

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