Bush spirit alive at Milby

The West Milby Sports Day has been keeping the great old bush party spirit alive for sixty-two years and last Saturday was no different.

• Kicking up the dust at the West Milby Sports Day: Daniel Jones on his motorbike and horserider Geoff Hyder making bends and rounding the barrels in the inaugural Motorbikes versus Horses event. The riders gave it their all, but this time were unable to keep up with their petrol-fuelled rivals. SC

The West Milby Sports Day has been keeping the great old bush party spirit alive for sixty-two years and last Saturday was no different.

• Trent Mewett of Wagga showing off one of his 14 foot bullwhips at Milby. SC

By Scott Chamney and Lara Pearce

The West Milby Sports Day has been keeping the great old bush party spirit alive for sixty-two years and last Saturday was no different.

The ‘golden oldy’ events of the gymkhana competitions, the wood chop and Tony (Zoob) Grosse’s merry-go-round combined with new additions in the form of a Stockman’s Challenge and a Horses versus Motorbikes Barrel and Bending Race to create a unique day out for locals and visitors alike.

The thrilling spectacle of motorcycles pitted against horseflesh was a huge drawcard for the crowd. The motocross bikes came out ahead of the stockhorses on the day, but it would be interesting to view the result of polo cross ponies against ageing farmers on ag bikes.

The more traditional of the horse racing events began with the Pony Race. As the last competitor crossed the line, the wry comment “that’s the one I’d have backed” was heard from an enthusiastic spectator.

The Stock Horse Race was another exciting and close-fought contest, with Geoff Hyder the convincing winner.

With events for the kids a big aspect of the day, face painting, the greasy pole ride and foot races kept spirits running high while the ping-pong ball drop from a light plane was a definite highlight. With the plane passing over three times, not too many kids missed out.

The poddy calf ride was also a big lure for the youngsters, with Drew Walton managing to keep his seat for the longest to take out first prize.

Other events included the men’s and women’s woodchop with a good number of entries this year. Paul Yeomans showed the younger competitors how it’s done, winning the men’s event, while Megan Henley put many of the boys to shame by taking out the women’s event in record time.

The steer ride saw brute strength and skill on display from many entrants, but none could beat Michael Fisher on his wild ride.

The final event of the day was the much anticipated Milby Bog-Eye Cup with the auctioning of the thoroughbred reptiles before the race. Paddy Reardon had the patter flowing like honey as he realised prices of up to $330 for the well-conditioned gallopers.

His comments such as “his grandad won the Derriwong Cup” and “just look at the legs on this one, it’s ready to run” had the by-then cheerful crowd digging deep in their pockets to support the charity based event. Brett Dawson’s magnificent beast took out the event by a good margin, as it was the only one that actually moved for a good few minutes.

With 250 adults tickets and 70 children’s all-day ride tickets sold on the day, Milby Sports Secretary Kerrie Sides said she was thrilled with the turnout. “The crowd was up  from last year and everything is running smoothly,” she said.

“All in all, it was a very successful day,” said the Committee Treasurer Genene Reardon. “The Milby committee would like to thank all the sponsors – too numerous to mention here – for the day.”

As night fell and the hard-working committee members finally made it to the bar for a well-earned dust quencher, local band 3rd Base cranked up the noise for a night of entertainment. As the boots hit the earthen dance floor, the dust started to rise once more.

Old-fashioned fun at Milby Sports

With adverse weather pushing Milby Sports from its traditional third weekend in October, the West Milby paddock (45 kilometres south-west of Condobolin) will come alive this Saturday 30 October as it has for almost six decades hosting an array of bush-inspired events including bogeye races, gymkhana and poddy calf and steer rides for the novice cowboys.
Hosting  fifty-eight years of old-fashioned fun, the West Milby Sports and Gymkhana will kick off at 9am with the gymkhana and feature an abundance of unique activities including the crowd-favourite ‘greasy pole’ ride, the hotly contested Chris Slennett Memorial Woodchop, Milby’s Lady of the Day competition and the Joan Reardon Lolly Shop.
Local band Cherrywood Drive will round off the day with the ‘Publicans Bar’ certain to draw out a yarn or two as the evening winds down.
For almost six decades Milby Sports have hosted their annual Gymkhana with funds raised injected back into the community via organisations like the Condobolin Swimming Club, Condobolin District Retirement Village and Tullibigeal P&C.
Milby Sports and Gymkhana is on this Saturday 30 October starting at 9am with the Publicans Bar open until late. Milby is 45 kilometres south-west of Condobolin halfway between Condobolin and Tullibigeal. People are advised there is no glass or BYOG with everyone encouraged to bring their swag and camp out for the night.
A courtesy bus will leave the Royal Hotel Condobolin at approximately 12.30pm and return at approximately 6pm. Check the notice board of the pub for confirmation of departure and return times.
By Sally Willoughby

Bush-inspired fun

West Milby GymkhanaHosting fifty-eight years of bogeye races, horse events and poddy calf and steer rides for the novice cowboys, a worn-in West Milby paddock (45 kilometres south-west of Condobolin) will host some old-fashioned, bush-inspired fun as they have done for almost six decades this Saturday 16 October for the annual Milby Sports and Gymkhana.
With the gymkhana kicking off at 9am, the traditionally ‘Milby’ events will again feature the crowd-favourite ‘greasy pole’ ride, the hotly contested Chris Slennett Memorial Woodchop, Milby’s Lady of the Day competition and the Joan Reardon Lolly Shop among an assortment of other bush-inspired activities.
Following an injury, band Scattered have been replaced by Cherrywood Drive who will round off the day and the ‘Publicans Bar’ certain to draw out a yarn or two as the evening winds down.
For almost six decades Milby Sports have hosted their annual Gymkhana with funds raised injected back into the community via organisations like the Condobolin Swimming Club, Condobolin District Retirement Village and Tullibigeal P&C.
Milby Sports and Gymkhana is on this Saturday 16 October starting at 9am with the Publicans Bar open until late. Milby is 45 kilometres south-west of Condobolin halfway between Condobolin and Tullibigeal. People are advised there is no glass or BYOG with everyone encouraged to bring their swag and camp out for the night.
A courtesy bus will leave the Royal Hotel Condobolin with times for arrival and departure on display at the Hotel.
• Photos above from previous Milby Sports days and committee members and Milby enthusiasts Kerrie Sides, Georgie Huggins, Chris Reardon and M’Liss Reardon with Mark Thorpe and Regan Thorpe who received a donation on behalf of the Condobolin Swimming Club from the West Milby Rodeo & Gymkhana Committee for $1,100 towards a new computer.

Kicking up the red dust at Milby Sports

A Milby horse event from 2009The West Milby Rodeo and Gymkhana Association is gearing up again to hold their Annual event to be held Saturday the 16th of October 2010 at the Milby Sports Ground approximately 45km south west of Condobolin.
The event is basically held in a paddock with very few amenities and this captures the spirit of a truly unique day out in the Condobolin Outback. The day has been enjoyed by many country and city families and has not changed much over past generations.
Every year people come from all over NSW to enjoy good old fashioned country hospitality starting with a Pony Club Gymkhana in the morning, providing lots of fun for those young and some older keen riders. The crowd then  moves  on to the Bush Hack Races, Woodchop, Steer, Bullock, Poddy Calf rides,  and then Bogeye Races in the late afternoon,  to kicking up their heels  in the red dust, dancing till very late in the evening or mostly early next morning.
The jumping castle, greasy pole, and old Merry Go Round continue to be very popular with the young children as does the Joan Reardon Lolly Shop made out of old round back sleepers, lovingly manned by many devoted mothers over the years.
Just before dusk the children line up, waiting in anticipation to catch the old rooster let loose for them to catch again, providing much fun and laughter from all, as feathers  and  little children fly through the campsites, all entertainment bought to a momentary halt amongst the chaos.
Milby Sports as it is known around the Condobolin and Tullibigeal Districts was established in 1952  for the “Queen Competition” to raise money to build the local swimming pool and is still going strong 58 years later, having survived floods,  many years of drought and  the equine influenza virus back in 2007.  Due to the equine influenza virus, we now hold the increasingly popular men’s and ladies running races held in conjunction with the children’s running races as we couldn’t hold horse events that year. Some of the original Committee members were  Harold and Barry Crouch, Arthur Dodgson, Joe Davis, among many and the late Noel Reardon who was the first president and served  for 14 years. The Queen competition was eventually won by Mrs  Lois Terry (nee Dawson) who still  makes the annual pilgrimage to Milbys Sport every year with her husband Brian. Harold Crouch and Brian Terry have also judged the Bullock Ride for the past 25 years or more.
Today our aim is still to raise money for the local communities of Condobolin and Tullibigeal, donating the proceeds from our event to  local Schools, Retirement Village and any other needy organisations in the community.
In our “paddock” we have no electricity, a publicans bar, bush racetrack, rodeo yard, and we still have the old infamous drop toilets which have boasted many stories over the years.
Mr Kevin Brady has a great memory from the 1960′s  which I have retrieved from our 50 year reunion archives.  His  story goes back to the very early hours of one  morning at the Milby Sports Ground.  A few of the committee stalwarts were putting the finishing touches here and there when the peace of the bush was shattered by a piercing scream from the ladies toilets which way back then only had hessian hung round the trees. From there emerged a distraught young female trying to gather momentum whilst being hindered by a pair of jodhpurs down to her ankles and her efforts covered modestly with whatever she could reach. When she was eventually collected, covered and calmed, she conveyed the news that “ there’s a bloody brown snake in there”. The offending reptile was never found and it was well toward mid morning  before the “facility” was declared reptile free, safe and open for the public’s convenience.
This is only one of the thousands of fabulous stories that have emerged throughout the years  in regard to Milby and hopefully there will be  many more yarns to come from future  Milbynians.
To our devoted committee members, fantastic sponsors, some who have given us decades of sponsorship, and the great crowd that just keep coming back, all of you must be congratulated on making it the unique, successful experience in continues to be.
Compiled by Kerrie Sides (Secretary Milby Sports)
For more information on this great event please contact Terrence Reardon 0427 954 017, Kerrie Sides 0427 019 948 or M’Liss Reardon 0434 217 155

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