HISTORY OF ORURU
Oruru Valley Rodeo club first evolved from the Oruru Rodeo Practice club. There was huge support from the Peria A and P societies for Rodeo at the time and a host of supporters got behind the practise club to assist young contestants to become competitive.
It was in the mid 1990s that the chance arose to have a NZRCA calendared rodeo, where in turn, the practise club grew into a full blown Rodeo club. The arena and facilities were then built with Rodeo in mind to specification.
The club quickly became successful and popular with many young riders and barrel racers going on to become NZ champions. The most famous of the lot being Curtis Garton, who was New Zealand saddle bronc champion at the age of nineteen, and who has gone on to make a career in pro rodeo in America winning many rodeos and prestigious awards . Along with Curtis, there has been many successful riders to emerge from the Far North, including Veronica Coulter, Jay and Ramoan Neho, Neil Matheson ,The Lanigan boys, Dan McCready and Tegan O’Callaghan all whom have walked away with championship buckles.
The club has gone from strength to strength and work hard to maintain the philosophy of the original committee. We hope to carry on the legacy by engaging with our community and introducing new riders to the sport. We are very thankful for those in the community who have supported, and continue to support the club.