The 10th Silverado Shootout has been hailed a huge success.
Tuesday, 10th June, 2008
Organiser, Phil Grossi said that the rain didn't dampen any spirits as more than 90 local and interstate shooters competed in their best period attire over the weekend.
Local shooter Henry Sharps (Ben Grossi, Broken Hill) came close to a clean sweep of events. He took out the Men's Traditional and Male Overall categories for the second year running. Second place went to Bodie (Kayle Grossi, Broken Hill) with Scalped (Grant Barlow, Victoria) coming in third.
Violet Rose (Jessica Noble, South Australia) took out both the Women's Traditional and Womens Overall categories.
The sharpest shooter in the Top 16 Shootout was Classic Cowboy (Will Penny, Queensland).
Mr Grossi said that there weren't many juniors competing this year as most were overseas getting ready for the world championships next week.
While quite a bit of rain fell over the weekend, Mr Grossi said the only event affected was the Cowboy Golf Challenge they had planned for yesterday.
"We were surprised after two months of blue sky (but) the rain didn't stop us," he said.
Last year's Silverado Shootout was expected to be the last but Council and a number of local businesses showed their support to ensure it continued.
"On behalf of the Silverado 2008 Committee I would like to thank all the businesses and Council from the bottom of my heart," he said.
"Without their sponsorship, the event wouldn't have been such a success and it was a huge success."
Following that success, Mr Grossi said not only is 2009 definitely on the cards, planning is already underway.
"All the people that came from away want it to happen again," he said.
"We actually started planning next year's event about a fortnight ago."
While the Grossi family are kept busy on that front, another event may be on the cards.
"Negotiations are at present ongoing for the future of an international event to be held in Broken Hill," Mr Grossi said.