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.