3 August, 2023

Bullriding event makes big impact for Toogoolawah school community

The ‘Bulls, Boars and Beats’ event at Toogoolawah State School was a huge hit as about 1000 spectators flocked to the school oval on July 22.

Joey Wagner won the open category at the Bulls, Boars and Beats event at Toogoolawah State School. Photo credit: DSL Photography.
Joey Wagner won the open category at the Bulls, Boars and Beats event at Toogoolawah State School. Photo credit: DSL Photography.

While conditions were cold, the flames burned in the bullpit for the grand opening, and the aroma of the boar’s cooking made for a unique experience.

Nearly 40 riders took part, including some from Central Queensland and some from interstate.

Lucas Taylor won the junior and novice categories, and Joey Wagner won the open category.

Event coordinator Jodie Düll said it was the first time the school had held an event like this.

“It was the biggest fundraising event in history that the Toogoolawah State School P and C had ever put on!” she said.

Jodie said the event raised about $20,000, with funds to go towards creating an all-weather assembly venue at the school along with an all-weather learning space, complete with audio visual displays.

Jodie said a massive team of mums and dads and their friends – as well as many staff – contributed to the event in some way such as helping as a cook, cleaner or even in the bar.

“Whatever needed to be done, we got it done!” she said.

Jodie said “we are thankful the pro riders travelled and supported our bullride fundraiser”, while she also acknowledged “local legends” Kate Hurley, Reece Reiser, Harry Fisher, Hugh Witham, Harry Seymour and Chris Barraclough for jumping on a Friesian bullock to help raise funds.

“This was a highlight to the local crowd,” Jodie said.

“A Calcutta was in place, and the locals dug deep in their pockets to help and raise some good money.

“Our local riders rode outstanding, some being the first time and also having a female amongst these riders.”

Jodie acknowledged the sponsors for the generous sponsorship: Karreman Group, Esk Caravan Park, Ben and Michelle Fogg, Cooper Property group, A & M Civil Contracting, Andrew Gloag, Cressbrook Chaff, Brisbane Valley Hire and Sales, Seymours Toyota, Thee Coffee Shack, High Country Droughtmasters, Banditt Constructions, Düllys Designer Homes, Shepherdson and Boyd real estate, Hamilton Lane Mobile Mechanical, Let There Be Light Electrical, Yimin Droughtmasters, Esk Newsagency, Cressbrook News, and Gav’s Glass.

“We are hopeful this event could become annual,” Jodie said.

“This is something to discuss further down the track as a committee, moving forward.”


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