With just over one week away from Rodeo time more businesses are coming on board and have joined with the Rising Sun Rodeo Committee as they seek to get their names associated with the event, which is the only one of its kind on the coast.
The date is Sunday October 31 and the venue is the Rising Sun Turf Club, Arima Park, West Coast Berbice.
With some Vaqueros from overseas and others from the far flung areas of Guyana already arriving in the country and at the venue as they try to get themselves acclimatized for the big day, the organisers have also stepped up preparation and are leaving no stones unturned for the event.
Over the past week the Rising Sun Turf Club where the activity will be held, was a hive of activity with preparation moving at a fair pace. According to organiser and President of the Rising Sun Rodeo Committee Inshanally Habibulla, every thing is in place including all the props and so confident was the organiser he said the event can be held today. He said however, that during the week the venue will be given a final check to tie up any loose ends.
With more accommodation now in place with the construction of the new Grand Stand, patrons will be able to view the activity in absolute comfort.
The Chief Executive Officer of the committee, Danny Fredericks, is still in the Interior locations finalizing arrangements for the large contingent that is expected to invade West Berbice, having just return from overseas locations in Brazil. Habibulla said according to Fredericks the number is expected to increase significantly with increased numbers coming from all the locations including Lethem, the Rupununi Savannahs and the Corentyne River areas. According to Fredericks the men and women are hard at training. The rest of the overseas contingent coming from Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela are expected in the country by Thursday.
Co-organiser Fazal Habibulla, who is in charge of the local contingent known as the West Berbice Posse, has been whipping his boys into shape with daily routines at the Rising Sun Turf Club facility. The local brigade is made up of horsemen and women from the Abary, Mahaica and Mahaicony River area.
Over 10 different activities in various categories are slated to be staged during the day including steer roping, bare back bronco riding which will also see the females getting into action.
There are also male and female barrel race, wild cow milking, calf roping, wild bull riding, Saddle bronco and the popular Tug o War events.
A number of novelty events including activities for kids and visitors will also be held during the day, as the organisers strive to get everyone involved.
Action is set to kick off at 11:00hrs.
Places are still available for those interested in competing in the Rodeo King and Queen, especially in the Rodeo Queen segment. The organisers are especially interested in females from the coast to enter to contest against the beauties from overseas and the hinterland especially with reigning Queen Ranyela Nascimento coming back to defend her title.
Interested persons are asked to get in touch with the organizers as soon as possible on the numbers listed below.
Over $1M in cash, trophies and other incentives will be up for grabs in the one-day event.
A number of business entities have come on board to help sponsor the event. Among them are – Pacesetters, Banks DIH Limited, living up to its name and is the leading sponsor on board so far; joining the list are Republic Bank Rosignol Branch, Bounty Farm, Guyana Livestock and Pet Supplies, Guyana School of Agriculture, S.K Rahim and Navin Lumber yards and Animal Farm from Georgetown.
Others earlier making their commitment are Telephone Giants Digicel, Hablaw’s Meat Centre, Chester Fry Chicken of Bush Lot West Coast Berbice, Neal and Massy Guyana Limited and subsidiary Geddes Grant, Muneshwar and Company, Abary cattle ranch, Mohammed sheriff cattle ranch and cattle dealer and rancher Sunil Suruj (son) of the Corentyne.
Persons interest in participating in the days events are asked to get in touch with Inshanally Habibulla on tel No 623-4495, and 623-5453, Fazal Habibulla at Chester Fry Bush Lot West Coast Berbice on Telephone No 232-0232 or 6577010,648-6522 or Donald or Zaleena Lawrie on telephone no 225-4530, 225-4565.
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