Archer says Young Guns is success
IT IS the final round of the Paul Archer the Good Guys Young Guns series and there is one man convinced the 2011 series has been a massive success and that is Paul Archer himself.
While admitting he has no family ties to the sport, Archer sees the Young Gun series fitting in well with the corporate image his business projects in Central Queensland.
Archer said he first got involved with the sport when Glen Young was with the PBRA and has no regrets about taking the naming rights once the Young Guns series was mooted.
"its main attraction to us is that it is youth orientated," he said.
"It gets me to a target audience that is not just the regular group."
While that is the commercial reasoning behind The Good Guys' support, he admits he likes what he sees at the Great Western's Nissan Navara arena when the series is held each month.
"It is a case of the Good Guys doing good," he said.
Also, he sees rodeo as having a special place with Central Queenslanders and providing plenty of interest for visitors to the region.
Currently rodeo attracts good crowds in Rockhampton but Archer said interest is yet to hit its peak. "There are still a lot of local people who have not seen a rodeo but would like to go," he said.
Friday night's final round of the Young Guns Rodeo would be a perfect opportunity for those wishing to see some of the best up-and-coming cowboys and girls from around the region.
Stock contractor Brian Duggan is in no doubt the quality of competitors will continue to improve in Central Queensland and this is due to the beginners having a pathway in the sport due to the Young Guns series.
However, for those taking part in the 2011 series the focus is no further than tomorrow night's rodeo and then the presentation dinner at the Great Western on Saturday.
While some of the competitors know they will be collecting a buckle there are many others who will be sweating on their last round scores.
Kiwi cowboy Jacob Putt would have been one of those looking to collect a score in the Poddy Ride as he led Sebastian Riley-Wilson by just 35 points.
With 40 points for a win in the final round that would have given Riley-Wilson a sniff of victory had he not broken an arm during a recent practice ride.
Two cowboys are fighting it out in both the Steer Ride and the Junior Bull Ride with Travis Pearson leading Harry Hoffman by 30 points on the steers but an exact reversal of positions for the Junior Bull Ride. Trent Maguire cannot be touched for the Rookie Bull title as he leads by 120 points but things are much tighter in the equine events.
In the Rookie Saddle event Gavin Burgess leads but can be caught by Hayden Debboni, Rob Ingram and Mick Williamson.
Twenty points divide Clinton Frankish from second-placed Jamie Morgan in the Rookie Bareback while in the Rookie Barrel race even a win can only provide Karly Morgan with a share of the title as she trails Emma Benjamin by 40 points.