Annual Rupununi Ranchers’ Rodeo launched
DPI, Guyana, Sunday, April 1, 2018
Cow milking, calf and sheep roping, bareback bronco (horse riding), and bull riding were just a few of the activities that thousands of local and overseas patrons were treated to, at the 2018 Rupununi Ranchers’ Rodeo on Saturday, at the Lethem Town, Region Nine, Upper Takatu/Upper Essequibo.
The Easter weekend event held under the theme “Young Ranchers-Into the Future” saw cowboys and girls dressed as vaqueros entertaining the crowd with dances and bullwhip cracking.
Present were Minister of State, Joseph Harmon along with the Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, and Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin. Regional Chairman, Brian Allicock and newly elected Mayor of Lethem, Kerry Jarvis and members of the diplomatic corps were also in attendance.
During his feature address at the event’s opening ceremony at the Rupununi Ranchers’ Rodeo (RRR) ground, Minister Allicock spoke of the importance of promoting such an annual event, which brings together not only the people from across the regions but also persons from across the world, such as the United Kingdom (UK), United States (US) Canada and neighbouring Brazil and Venezuela.
Minister Allicock said that it is no coincidence that the event is held during Easter, an important festival in the Christian calendar that speaks of faith, resurrection and the promise of eternal life.
“It tells us that in order for us to succeed in life; we sometimes have to roll away the stone that locks us away. Once that is done then we can use this opportunity to rise up with new vigour and purpose, with the full extent of our dreams, realise our goals and attain self-actualization.”
The minister also noted that planning is crucial to moving the region forward. “As we celebrate this Easter and more particularly this rodeo, we must reflect on our achievements and shortcomings as a region, and also look to the future through new far-reaching lenses… The president often reminds us that this region is bigger than Costa Rica…We need to have discussions, planning and by knowing exactly what is needed to move the region forward.”
Minister Allicock reminded those gathered of the huge potential the region possesses. He urged them to utilise the resources, without destroying the environment, to generate income and create employment.
“Lethem is also the gateway to South America; soon we will have a new international airport that will serve as a regional hub. We also have the trail that will be developed into a road. This will open opportunities for more industries…We as a Government must equip our young people with the necessary skills for these anticipated developments.” He said that the Green Enterprise Development centre at Bina Hill will assist in that regard.
During brief remarks, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that he was honoured to be a part of the most popular inland sporting activity in the country and commended the organisers for expanding this year’s event.
Regional Chairman, Brian Allicock, also noted that the event continues to grow every year. He especially acknowledged the efforts of the participants to improve their performance every year.
The Regional Chairman urged those gathered to continue to support the event, a tradition that has over the years become fixed in the hearts of the people of the Rupununi.
The festival continues today, with horse and barrel race, ribbon roping, watermelon eating, greasy pig, tug-o-war, beer run and saddle bronco. The excitement continues at Sand Creek on Monday for another Rodeo event in the South Rupununi community.
By: Synieka Thorne