Yarrabah Rodeo

Yarrabah Rodeo


Yarrabah is paradise to us, and it always will be. We’ve got the sea, and the land, and the rainforest. No place better than this place, this place we call home. Yarrabah. Yarrabah is a pretty diverse community. There’s a lot of different tribes here that have been brought in from all over Queensland, Even from far as WA. Different dialogues, different cultures. Yarrabah is home for me. It’s somewhereI’ll always feel comfortable and it just has that peace and serentity about it that brings me back down to earth. The population consists of youth, mainly. We don’t have very many old people. That’s releated to the health issues that we experience here in the community, so we don’t see very many people in this generation grow to be very elderly anymore. We have a really low rate of youth employment. So we have a lot of unemployed young people. It is very tough for them. We find a lot of the Yarrabah population
are very frustrated, they’re very bored, and obviously with frustration and boredom that brings about a lot of other social issues. Horses are very much a part of this community because we have kids that ride a horse all day. They love going out to the beaches, they love going hunting and gathering. The majoirty of people in Yarraba will own at least one horse. These children, they grow up on horseback. They’re riding horses from the age of 2 or 3 bareback so by the time they reach the 16, 17 year old mark they’re very accomplished horsemen and women. Their skills are going to waste and that’s why I’m working with the council to try to get them into jobs and occupations where their horseriding abilities are going to be showcased and they will succeed. I think them participating in the rodeo gives them that opportunity to look for potential career prospects and job opportunities. Jack, you ready for the rodeo mate? Today, my adrenalin just got bigger, you know? I got real excited today, and I was up early, just to make sure that I’m not going to miss out. Today is a really special day. I hope it turns out really well. It’s probably the happiest I’ve ever seen Yarrabah. They’ve been looking forward to this rodeo for months. While the Yarrabah men and women are
very good horsepeople a lot have never seen a bull because it’s not cattle country. Our kids have never seen a cow buck. It’s the reason why we brought in Troy Dunn. Some people say they don’t know where
confidence comes from. I can tell you exactly where it comes from. It comes from you. i just want to explain to you a couple of things. about how a bull bucks. That’s the way, good stuff. See how he’s got daylight under his backside there? Let the rodeo begin. My favourite part of the day would be the open bulls. Where the big boys come out and play. The bull runs up in the shoot and the tingle is in the tip of your toes and the gut feeling – sometimes you’re scared, and you’ve got to get rid of that fear straight away. You know what you need to do. I believe that with this rodeo coming now that there is more employment for these guys. We’re handing down a tradition to be stockmen, cowboys, cattlemen: it runs through our blood. We just hand it down to the next, generation after generation. I can certainly say that this year’s rodeo, being the first one in 50 or 60 years, was an overwhelming success. It’s going to be a bigger and better event next year.

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