The National Bank Country Calendar
Saturday 25 August, 7pm
For most people, eight seconds isn’t a long time – but ask a rodeo rider and they will tell you, when you’re astride a bull weighing close to two tonnes, trying to stay on his heaving, gyrating back, eight seconds can seem like eternity. Rodeo is a popular sport in rural New Zealand. Membership is increasing and it’s every cowboy’s aim to make it to the national rodeo championships.
That’s where Blakie Moore enters the picture. Tonight, ‘The National Bank Country Calendar’ catches up with Moore, who has lived all his life near Roxburgh in Central Otago (tonight at 7pm on TV ONE). He admits to making one trip to Christchurch to do his army training when he was young and says he’d like to visit the South Island’s West Coast one day.
As Moore puts it, when people ask him if he’s been overseas, he replies, “No, I haven’t, but have you visited Millers Flat?” For the uninitiated, Millers Flat is a tiny community 15 minutes down the road from Roxburgh.
Blakie Moore has spent his working life as a musterer and general farm worker and he’s never been out of work, despite leaving school before he turned 15. He owns a small block of land but doesn’t do much with it because he’s too busy with his greatest passion – breeding and breaking-in horses. That, in turn, led him to his love of rodeo – Moore was a founding member of the Millers Flat Rodeo Club.
Despite its small size, the club was selected to host the national rodeo championships this year. Setting up the venue, finding accommodation for around 200 competitors and mustering horses for the rodeo off the hills was a huge undertaking – and Blakie Moore was in the thick of it.
The event was also a perfect opportunity for a Moore reunion. All Blakie Moore’s immediate family turned up, along with his 30-odd grandchildren and a horde of great grandchildren.
For its last episode of the year, ‘The National Bank Country Calendar’ filmed the action of the rodeo and the horse muster and got an insight into the life of this real southern man.