Jessica Rasmussen, from Jondaryan, and Cassie Barron, from Oakey, were enjoying watching the equestrian events in the ring

February 24, 2014

A couple of welcome showers of rain settled the dust at Saturday’s Cooyar Show but weren’t enough to get show organisers worried or local farmers excited.

Cooyar Agricultural Society president Tom Gillies told the rain – which everyone wants – didn’t cause any problems for the show.

He was very happy with the way the show went off, and although gate figures were yet to be worked out, he believed the numbers were comparable with last year.

Mr Gillies said every year the Show Society tried to do something “a little bit different”.

“This year we had ‘Rooftop Express’ who were at last year’s Ekka,” he said.

“Rooftop” refers to the fact that the comedy duo can entice bullocks up onto the roof of a gooseneck truck.

Other highlights at the 2014 Cooyar Show included a post-ripping competition, a shearing demonstration and the always-popular Bull Ride in the evening.

Mr Gillies said pavilion entries were down a bit “but what would your expect with this drought”.

Steward Paul Cronin was pleased with the entries in the equestrian competitions, especially in the ponies section where numbers were up.

The show was officially opened by legendary Queensland Country Life cattle market analyst and columnist Stan Wallace.

[Photos: Clive Lowe Photography and]

David Manchon, on 'Goose', and Troy Thomson, on 'Eddie', practice for their spectacular Rooftop Express show Saturday evening (Photo: Clive Lowe Photography)
Leah Frohloff, from Kingaroy, with Leeanne McCoy, from Dalby, and Michelle McCoy, from Cooyar and 'Redimarr Yellow Carnation'
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington with Queensland Country Life market analyst Stan Wallace who opened the show
Stuart Timm, from Pittsworth, supplied the bulls for the evening Bull Ride
Tory Robinson, from Gayndah, on 'Kingsmill Cashmere' took home the champion ribbon for pony hack
Elise Crawford, from Kaimkillenbun, with 'Breeze' ... half of the winning Pairs team with Bonnie Hay, from Dalby on 'Jabiru Blue'
Equestrian stewards Paul Cronin, from Coalbank; Matt Ryan, from Cooyar; and Brendan Ballon, from Maclagan
Photo display steward Sam Ryan and Grand Champion Sue Dando showing a great image shot on her phone camera (Photo: Clive Lowe Photography)
Needlework stewards Heather McNalty and Lyn McCoist (Photo: Clive Lowe Photography)
Show Secretary Sue Lindemeier, Treasurer Kyal Riley and Chairman Paul Barron tested their carpentry skills erecting signs (Photo: Clive Lowe Photography)

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