Home' The Bunyip : November 5th 2014 Contents HOLD on to your hats, the Ka-
punda Rodeo is back and set to
be bigger and better than ever.
After a three-year lay-off, the
event will return to Kapunda on
November 15 at the Kapunda Har-
ness Racing Club, in what will be an
entertaining day for people of all
Five dedicated committee mem-
bers – club vice-president Paul
Smith, Mel and Regan Schiller,
Vicki Norton and Ange Bosenberg
have been instrumental in the ro-
The quintet has spent endless
hours re-establishing vital relation-
ships with local businesses to gain
the necessary sponsorship to make
the event possible.
“We went out and ground-worked
to get sponsorship,”
member Mel Schiller said.
“We wanted to make it happen,
(we were) going back and seeing
businesses twice or three times; we
didn’t take no for an answer.
“ We assured them that ‘yes, it was
going to go ahead’, and once we got
to around the 10 or 11 thousand
dollar mark it was like ‘yeah, we’re
going to make this happen.’”
With up to 4000 people expected
to attend, the committee has been
meeting weekly to ensure everything
is in order prior to the big day.
The committee said all precau-
tions have been taken to ensure the
safety of both riders and animals,
with a veterinary team and medical
assistance on site.
“ We could probably have a meet-
ing everyday,” Mrs Schiller said.
“ We’re crossing our Ts and dot-
ting our Is to make sure everything
The day will feature plenty of
high-action categories, including
the open bull ride, open saddle
and bareback bronc, open rope and
tie, steer wrestling, barrel race and
There is lucrative prize-money for
all competitors, ranging from $1000
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Hold on to
Rodeo back on track
Golf Club member Gloria
Potter has been acknowledged
for her years of service to the
sport by being named Golf
South Australia’s Country Fe-
male Volunteer of the Year.
The announcement was made
at the South Australian Golf In-
dustry Awards held at Adelaide
The 70-year-old Willaston resi-
dent was unable to attend the night,
due to prior district pennants golf
commitments in Barmera, but was
surprised to hear the news.
“I was quite thrilled, actually,”
Mrs Potter said.
“I didn’t think I had a hope be-
cause I got nominated last year
and didn’t win.”
Mrs Potter has been a member
of the Gawler Golf Club for 29
During that time she has en-
joyed six terms as captain, along
with stints as women’s president
and secretary/treasurer and junior
development officer – she cur-
rently remains an active member
on the club’s committee.
Remarkably, she has also been
a member of the Barossa Valley
Golf Club for 10 years, where her
vast experience saw her elected to
fill each of the executive positions
at various times.
Furthermore, she has been a
member of the Mid North asso-
ciation’s executive for the past 16
years, where her co-ordination of
all district women’s events, orga-
nising tee times and prizes, and
assisting host clubs on game day
have made her an invaluable asset
to the region.
When asked why she has stayed
involved with golf for so long,
Mrs Potter said it was about giv-
ing back to the game.
“I’ve always said ‘I like to put
back into sport what I get out of
it’,” she said.
“I used to do that with hockey
for 35 years and then gave that up
and took up golf.
“You meet lots of people, and
it’s good to be able to mix with
other people; I enjoy it.”
Gawler Golf Club manager
Brett Hidson could not speak
highly enough of the work Pot-
ter does around the club, and said
everyone was “thrilled” she was
recognised in such a way.
“She’s a wonderful asset to the
club,” Mr Hidson said.
“She offers a great deal of
knowledge and experience and is
a real motivation to a lot of other
people around the club.
“What we enjoy the most is
Gloria’s effort to be involved in so
many aspects of the club and the
Volunteer work aside, Mr Hid-
son described Mrs Potter as “a
down-to-earth person” who en-
joys the game and the people in-
“I think a real motivation
for her is being part of that and
seeing the sport, and the club
that she’s involved in, benefit,”
– Grady Hudd
YOUNG dirt kart racer Ashley
Stott relished the step up to se-
nior driving at the recent Austra-
lian National Dirt Kart Titles in
Competing in the J-Open class
over the October long weekend, the
14-year-old fought tooth and nail
against 14 other competitors to fin-
ish second overall and earn him the
number two rank in the country.
It is the first time Stott has raced
as a senior driver.
Prior to turning 14 the young
speedster had raced as a junior
against drivers his own age, however
moving into the senior ranks has
him competing against men up to
30 years old.
At the national titles, Stott
competed in four heats prior to
the final race; a randomised grid-
selection process ensured he started at
different positions in each of the
Twice he started to the rear of the
grid, in seventh and ninth position,
but that didn’t dampen his competi-
“It was eight laps (each race) and I
had to work my way from the back
to the front and from the middle
to the front, but then if I was off
the front row I had to try and stay
there,” Stott said.
“You make most of your moves off
the start, either go wide or see a gap
and take it.”
Stott also raced in the KT Light
class against a split field of 32 other
competitors at the nationals, finish-
ing a solid 15th overall.
Last year he enjoyed success on
the track as a junior driver, taking
out the Northern Territory Dirt
Kart Titles, before finishing fourth
at the national titles.
Stott normally races around once
a month; most of the racing hap-
pens at his local club in Morgan, but
on occasions he travels as far as Ad-
elaide, Kadina, Strathalbyn, Border-
town and even Lucindale for meets.
His mum, Kerry, said while he
may have raced a little less than
some of his competitors in the lead-
up to this year’s nationals, the result
was still great.
“Coming into titles a lot of people
race every weekend to get the track
times, but this year we didn’t really
do that much because he was still
getting used to the different karts,
the different engines and being in
with the senior group,” she said.
“So not as much (racing) as we
would’ve liked, but still the outcome
for open winners to $250 for junior
Other activities include mechani-
cal bull-riding and face-painting,
while popular Barossa band The
Barking Ants will perform live mu-
sic until midnight.
South Australian icon Andrew
‘Cosi’ Costello, most known from
his television series ‘South Aussie
with Cosi’, will assist in proceed-
For more information visit face-
book.com/kapunda.rodeo or con-
tact Paul Smith on 0418 842 089.
Gloria’s big award
Ashley steps up
Morgan dirt kart racer Ashley Stott placed second overall in the Australian
National Dirt Kart Titles in Loxton recently despite racing, for the first time, as
a senior driver in the J-Open class.
Kapunda Rodeo Committee members Regan Schiller, Vicki Norton, Mel Schiller, Paul Smith and Ange Bosenberg have
been extremely busy preparing for the first Kapunda Rodeo in three years.
Photo: Grady hudd
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