Alvina Ropata Edwards
Alvina Ropata Edwards campaign leader


That was my first rodeo attendance and I think it will be my last. Both me and my son walked out of the stadium after 75 minutes.

The occasion was marred by the pungent stench of animal poo which was most off-putting for the appetite.

The sound was unhearable which made the attempts of the MC and associated performers to entertain and inform the crowd near impossible.

Surely it would make sense to have the speaker system suspended from the top facing down towards the audience?

The last straw was the treatment of the animals. We saw a horse get its head slammed in a gate as it tried to bolt out of the pen it was lured into after its buck.

Another horse took a tumble during the barrel riding. Lastly we saw a cow jumped upon and have its head nearly twisted off in an attempt to get it off its feet and onto the ground.

It looked terrible, smelled terrible and sounded terrible!

Also as we the left we noticed the huge amount of empty and broken remains of binge drinking outside the front of the stadium. A poor showing for an international stadium trying to gain credit as an all purpose venue.

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