Rodeo roped in a big crowd
THEY like to see cowboys and cowgirls battling against beasts at Alton Downs, and on Saturday spectators turned out in force for the Alton Downs Rodeo.
Not that the venue ensured local riders would win all events.
Mundubbera cowboy Stuart Frame was pitted against one of the best bucking bulls from the Shane Iker herd and he earned the big slice of the prizemoney by staying aboard Western Rock for the required eight seconds.
The judges certainly liked what Frame produced as he was given a massive 87 points for his ride.
Good score as that was it did not provide Frame with a comfortable victory.
Also in top-form was Brett Cross on another top Iker beast named Evil Eye and his score of 86 points came close to gaining him the top prize.
Iker is pleased at the way his stock are going but said the best beast he has, Castaway, was drawn by rookie rider Joe Polkinghorne.
While Polkinghorne is tipped to be one of the top riders in years to come he had no answer to the gyrations of Castaway.
“He never even warmed him up,” Iker observed.
There was also a second division in the Bull Ride and Justin Paton took out the win in that section.
While there was plenty of action for the crowds to enjoy, there were no serious injuries reported among the 250 competing.
“There were no wrecks,” Iker acknowledged.
One win for the Alton Downs crowd to cheer came from Iker himself.
Not that should come as any surprise as Iker is a champion in Calf Roping and he proved why with his win.
It was also a successful night for the Kenny clan.
Shane Kenny ran hot to win the Steer Wrestling and also share the winners cheque with Clancy Middleton when clinching the Team Roping event.
Saddle Bronc was taken out by Taroom cowboy Rick Knudsen and the other main horse event, the Bare Back, went the way of Fred Osman.
The Ladies Barrel Race is always keenly contested with the Alton Downs area producing its fair share of top line competitors.
However, the money went out to Emerald in the back-pocket of crowd pleaser Leanne Kenny with second place secured by Katina Matthews.