Howdy y’all! See photos of the rodeo riding into Ballarat

HORSEMANSHIP and cattle wrangling skills was on show with record entries in action for the Ballarat Rodeo on Saturday evening.

Ballarat Rodeo featured a full open and junior program, drawing competitors from across the nation for the Australian Professional Rodeo Association meet.

Live country music and children’s entertainment added to the festival-like feel at Ballarat Polocrosse Grounds.

This year’s event raised funds and awareness for mental health in rural communities with gate-takings to support Beyond Blue, Survivors of Suicide Ballarat and the newly launched Dolly’s Dream, raising anti-bullying awareness after 14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett took her own life early last month.

Dolly’s family is well-known in the rodeo community.

A small band of animal welfare protesters made their mark outside the event.

Ballarat police report crowds were well-behaved.

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800, kidshelp.com.au
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636, beyondblue.org.au.