Equine

Hall of Fame honour for Kyabram Rodeo

By Country News

Seventy-three years of the Kyabram Rodeo has been honoured with the event inducted into the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre’s Hall of Fame in Warwick, Queensland.

Started in 1946 by Kyabram resident George Ruler, the event was originally a way to celebrate the end of World War II but has now become the longest-running rodeo event in Victoria.

Despite the long-running history of the event, Kyabram Rodeo committee secretary Janelle McDonald said she was shocked when she heard the news the event would be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

‘‘It was a total surprise. A letter arrived in July letting us know... I was just shocked!’’ Mrs McDonald said.

‘‘I’ve spent nine years, give or take, as secretary and this is the most special thing I’ve been a part of... It’ll take something special to top this.’’

For many in the town, it’s been a huge part of their lives each year, including Kyabram Show Society life members Bernie Ryan and John Smith who have attended all 73 rodeos held in the town.

■The 74th Kyabram Rodeo will be held in March next year.