Canungra rodeo and show a hit

A MAN who lived and breathed rodeos was honoured with a minute of silence at Canungra Rodeo.

The Canungra Showgrounds arena fell silent on Sunday, August 26, as rodeo-goers paid tribute to the late Terry Sharland, who died last year.

A song was dedicated to Mr Sharland and speeches were made about the man who spent more than 20 years as a Canungra Show Society member.

Marilyn Sharland said this year marked the first time her family and the society hosted Canungra Rodeo without her husband.

“It was a very emotional day for us (the family) and the people who knew Terry,” she said. “He would have been happy to see how this year turned out but we have to remember him and keep the tradition going.”

Ms Sharland said she was amazed at the respect guests showed during the minute of silence.

“Everyone was quiet and respectful during the tribute and there were even some tough cowboys who shed a few tears,” she said.

Ms Sharland said despite the hurdle, the rodeo went well with several talented bull riders in the arena.

Committee member Keer Moriarty said the rodeo saw a good number of entries, including bull riding, barrel racing and bareback riding.

”We had good numbers even though they were lower than what we would have had if it was held in July but overall, it was a great day,” she said.

Ms Moriarty said carnival rides and market stalls were left at the showgrounds for the rodeo to use.

“There was a good family feel to the day, which is something we haven’t had before,” she said.

Ms Moriarty said Canungra Show, held a day prior to the rodeo, also went well after attracting about 3000 people to the showgrounds on Saturday, August 26.

“Everything went smoothly, with more attractions than in the previous year and the pavilion exhibits were great,” she said.

She said organisers were pleased to have about 100 horses in the showjumping competition.

“Don Sullivan, who has been judging show jumping for years, said he had never seen that many horses in Canungra before,” she said.​

There were market stalls, art exhibits, rides and woodchopping and billycart competitions.