Stetsons and cowboy boots were the fashion at the Finley Showgrounds on Friday night for the 34th annual Finley Rodeo.
Despite the hot weather the rodeo attracted a crowd of more than 500 including some who travelled from Echuca, Benalla, Seymour, Kerang and Melbourne.
The best saddle bronc, bareback and bull riders, rope and tie, steer wrestlers and barrel racers from across the country congregated in Finley to show off their impressive skills.
While the event has a long standing reputation as a thriller in the Southern Riverina, this was the first year the rodeo was coordinated by Finley Apex Club.
Apex president Lachlan Kerr said it was an excellent night to kick off the 2018 events calendar in Finley.
‘‘It was a wonderful evening, the action was great and the crowd really enjoyed it,’’ Mr Kerr said.
‘‘We’re very happy with the numbers, despite the hot weather that probably put a few people off.
‘‘This is the first big event in Finley and the region for the year, so it’s pleasing it was a success.
‘‘The Finley Apex Club would like to thank all sponsors for their support and the volunteers who helped out.’’
Mr Kerr said patrons of the Finley Rodeo were treated to an amazing exhibition of skill and bravery.
‘‘The rodeo is a huge drawcard to Finley, and seeing so many people making the effort to drive here and watch the action is pleasing.
‘‘The fact we can have some of the best rodeo riders in the country is great for our town.
‘‘The feedback we’ve received has been positive from riders, stock handlers and even security said the crowd was so well behaved, they were bored.
‘‘Youngsters took full advantage in the jumping castle and mechanical bucking bull.’’
The Australian Pro Rodeo Association was unable to provide final results at the time of going to print yesterday. Official results are not expected to be available until next week.