Record crowd flocks to Boddington Lions Rodeo | photos

A record crowd of more than 4700 people flocked to Boddington for the 41st annual Boddington Lions Rodeo over the weekend.

A total 240 competitors, some travelling from as far as New Zealand, hit the Peel region to contest the richest one-day rodeo in Australia with a range of events including bronc, bull, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing.

In the bull ride is was Oscar Leake taking out a win with a score of 76 ahead of Eric Richardson and Gary Jamal Barnes who tied on 73.

Josh Barrett wrapped up the day with a victory in the saddlebronc, while Peter Price showed no fear on his way to an excellent showing to take out the bareback.

The rodeo first kicked off in 1976 with Boddington Lions Club secretary Stan Sherry still an integral part of the management team for the event. 

“It was the best year we have had to date,” he said. 

With constant updates to their rodeo grounds including the addition of big screens on the grounds and inside the bar area this year the crowd was able to view the action from everywhere around the venue. 

Feedback from shire staff has been exceptionally positive considering the amount of people in town and planning has already begun for 2018.