Rodeo bucks into Forbes for a big day of thrills and spills

RIDE 'EM COWBOY: The thrills and spills of the annual Forbes Services Memorial Club Forbes Rodeo will be heading into town on March 14.
RIDE 'EM COWBOY: The thrills and spills of the annual Forbes Services Memorial Club Forbes Rodeo will be heading into town on March 14.

Get ready for the thrills and spills of the Forbes Services Memorial Club Forbes Rodeo which is set to return on Saturday, March 14.

Entries are open for everyone's favourite events from the steer riding to the calf roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bullride.

Event organiser Shaun Read said the Jaye Davie Memorial Steer Ride and the Eileen Molloy Memorial Poddy Ride will not be taking place at this year's rodeo due to the current drought conditions.

However, the hotly contested Paddy Molloy Buckle for the best all-rounder will be making a return in this year's program. To be eligible for the buckle, competitors need to compete in both timed and roughstock events.

This year will also see the return of the big screen, which will show all of the action in the chute and in the arena.

Once the riders are out of the chute, you will not miss any of the thrills and spills with replays on the big screen.

Joining the entrants in the arena are some of the country's best rodeo stock including the bucking bull of the year - Hillbilly Deluxe, Australian Bucking Horse of the Year - Whiskey Boy and Bareback Bucking Horse of the Year - Little Egypt.

Mr Read said there will be no shortage of Australian champions in all events.

To sign up, go online to abcra.com.au iCompete and follow directions from there.

Gates open at 9am for the enthusiastic and the rodeo will continue through the afternoon and into the evening.

Tickets for the rodeo will be available online at 123tix, but tickets will also be available at the gate on the day.

Bar and canteen facilities (with EFTPOS at the bar) are available on the day.

For more information about the event, go online to the Forbes Services Memorial Club Forbes Rodeo Facebook page.