Borghero just too hard to defeat
BEING first cowboy out of the chute is not normally classed as being an advantage, but when Jared Borghero shot to centre stage at the Great Western Indoor Arena on Friday he took a lead that he never lost.
Borghero set the standard for the Open Bull Ride at the CRCA 4Bs Rodeo when he was awarded a good score of 86 points for his eight seconds on board the Brian Duggan bull, Prison Break.
A few got close to matching him, but Borghero took the major slice of the prizemoney for the event.
Stock contractor and rodeo organiser Brian Duggan said the night produced its normal high level of excitement, coupled with the odd sob story as cowboys and cowgirls pitted their skills against bovine and equine beasts.
It was another Duggan bull that provided the points for Mitchell Paton to take a second placing.
Riding Spook, Paton came just short of taking home the winning cheque when he scored 84 points.
It was a tie for third place as Sam Larson and Steven Corrie shared the spoils, both scored 76 points, on Duggan's Johnny Mac and Matt Postle's Lights Out respectively.
Matt and Craig Postle are recognised as two of the top cowboys around and they certainly had something in common on Friday, each failing to master Duggan bulls.
Matt Postle got his share of the dirt when Western Star got fed up with his company in mid-ride while Craig Postle and the Junkyard Dog ended their association very soon after leaving the chute.
Promising young cowboy Joe Polkinghorne was too good in the Rookie Bull Ride as he mastered another Duggan bull named Gold Buckle. In the Junior Bull Ride Jesse Vannek was the winner with 75 points.
Brett Cross is a tough competitor whether it's in the bullride or on horseback.
On Friday night he was unbeatable in the Open Bareback, riding a George Busby horse Quart Pot for a score of 76 points and beating second-placed Jamie Howlett by four points.
It was closer in the Open Saddle Bronc section where Dale Bougoure and Scott Burgess shared the win, both claiming 75 points on Busby horses.
The girls always put on a top-class show at the Great Western with the times in the Ladies Barrel Race as close as ever.
Alton Downs cowgirl Maree Prow was the one to beat setting a time of 11.885 seconds to round her three drums and that turned out to be 0.27 seconds too quick for Jema Slotosch who was second.
There was little difference between the top four finishers with Calla Matthews grabbing third and Katina Matthews fourth with 0.23 seconds separating second and fourth.
- Duggan took 45 bulls to Calliope for a QRA event on Saturday. That rodeo drew a huge crowd. It also resulted in a large number of nominations with the Open Bull Ride split into two sections of 28 and 26 cowboys.
For Matt Postle it was a touch of revenge.
Having been decked by Western Star at Rockhampton, Postle drew the same bull at Calliope. Only this time he was up to the task and accumulated enough points to win the event.
Junk Yard Dog was as mean as ever in his two outings. First to try his luck was Russell Cox, but the young man barely got comfortable before he made his trip south and then Sam Larson had an even worse time as the bucking Junkyard Dog banged him on the back of the head causing him to be assisted from the arena to receive medical treatment.