Biographies

 

COLIN MCTAGGART Former Saddle Bronc, Bareback and All Round Australian Champion in professional rodeo, Colin McTaggart has competed in all rodeo events.  Born into one of the oldest rodeo families in Australia, over 85 years and fourth generations competing, he was raised in Goondiwindi Queensland,  Colin had an early exit from school, graduating in mustering and droving camps.  Rodeo is in the McTaggart blood with father Hilton, brothers Kevin, Max, Malcolm and Bruce all winning many Australian and State Rodeo titles between them.  Colin’s children Sharron, Tom, Kim and Jane (dec.) have also won Australian titles in rodeo or through the Australian Quarter Horse Association events. Col’s father, Hilton was the Australian Buckjump Champion in 1931 while his brother Max’s daughter; Cheryl and his own daughter Sharron both won All Round Champion cowgirl titles.  Col’s son Tom was a leading bull and bronc rider in Australia before shifting to the USA at 21 years of age. He trained and showed Cals Condor to world champion cutting horse gelding in 1992. Col’s grandson, Colin McTaggart is currently a leading bull rider who has qualified for the world finals in Las Vegas three times. Colin is the first, full-time college student to ever qualify for the world finals. Col has two other grandsons, Jay and Wade McCarthy who are also top bull riders in WA. They are the 4 generation. Col and his family have organised over 200 rodeos in the past 30 years. These rodeos have always been fundraisers for worthy charities including Police Boys Clubs, Ambulances, Hospitals, Schools, Riding for the Disabled and Blue Care. One particular bull ride raised enough money to buy a blood analyser machine for the Goondiwindi Hospital. Another achievement was starting the first bull riding circuit in Australia. This was in conjunction with six services clubs in northern NSW as a community awareness program to raise money in each community for various local needs and in two years he raised over $70,000 for the community. Colin has spent a lifetime in the rodeo business initially as a competitor to organising and promoting rodeo and horse shows. He now operates a very successful rodeo association, Rodeo Services Association Inc. From humble beginnings in 1996 Rodeo Services Australia has grown into one of the biggest Rodeo Associations in Australia today. The Association now sanctions over 80 rodeo events in most Australian States. A man of many achievements, Colin supported by Rodeo Services Australia organised the FIRST EVER campdrafting competition to be held at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta Canada in 2002 to a receptive crowd. Always the professional, Colin’s motto in business and life is: ‘TRUST IS BUILT WHEN PROMISES ARE KEPT.’ Currently a director of the National Rodeo Council of Australia and President of Rodeo Services Ausrralia, he affiliates over 80 rodeos and bull rides annually.



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