Complete Parts Rodeo returns to Singleton


There will be a sense of relief for Robbie George during this year’s Complete Parts Singleton Rodeo.

The stalwart, who has been the organiser of the Rodeo for the past decade, had to postpone the event three times in 2022.

The initial April 30 date was shifted to June 4 due to wet grounds and then rescheduled to November 19. However the third date was also cancelled due to a clash with the ABCRA National Finals Campdraft.

Now, after a two year wait, Singleton’s biggest night returns to the Showground on Saturday, April 1.

“It is just a tradition we have to keep alive because it died off for a few years,” George told The Hunter River Times.

George has a remarkable story himself.

His career started when riding on a steer at the age of 14. There was no training sessions or safety restrictions back then, it was a simple ride at the Singleton Show for those able to raise the 15 cent entry fund.

Fast forward to 1990 and the Singleton cowboy was honoured to represent Australia in the bareback World Titles in El Paso, Texas.

Three decades on, he admits he has been just as proud to witness his children (and now grandchildren) reach the same heights.

“We are just doing it all for the kids, they are the upcoming ones,” George added.

“I’m hoping that it keeps going, the concept will never die out but only the larger committees are able to keep their events going.

“We’re very thankful to our sponsors for keeping our rodeo going.”

The events on the day are Open Bull ride, Open Saddlebronc, Open Bareback, Junior Bull ride, Junior Steer Ride, Mini Bulls 8-U11 years, Mini Bulls 11-14 years, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Steer Undecorating, Ladies Breakaway, Ladies Barrell Race, Junior Barrel Race and Junior Breakaway.

As for Robbie’s advice to those competing on the day?

“Just have fun,” he concluded.

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