Twelve young rodeo riders from across the country have been specially selected to participate in top rodeos across Australia in the hopes to upskill themselves and carry on the tradition of rodeo in New Zealand.
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The name Church is closely associated with the New Zealand rodeo scene. Now there's another Church champion in the making, eight-year-old Holly Church who has been riding since she was 10 months old. The youngster is currently on the summer rodeo circuit turning heads with her natural flair.
More than 1000 spectators attended the annual Summer Gisborne Rodeo today, despite calls by animal advocacy group SAFE to boycott the event. A SAFE spokesperson says the rodeo is bullying for entertainment but riders here disagree.
The rodeo season has just finished but the same can't be said for the debate over animal safety at rodeo events. Two weeks ago a petition signed by 63,000 Kiwis was presented to Parliament calling for rodeos to be banned. Iulia Leilua went to the Waimarino Rodeo to canvas the views of Māori cowboys about the ban.