Bulls show riders who's boss
IT was the first rodeo for 2010 and there were only two cowboys that could match the fury of the bulls at the Great Western Arena.
Matt Postle cleared the highest score of 84 when he jumped on Brian Duggan’s Spook on Saturday night and his score wasn’t threatened.
It appeared Spook was the only bull that would allow any bull rider to make the eight-second qualify time with Lea Hannrahan scoring a 77 on the same bull earlier in the night.
The bulls’ authority continued throughout the night with Kemp Donaldson unable to even make it out of the chute on the Mad Dog before he was bucked off in barely a second.
Though Donaldson may not have been in the top position for the open bull riding, in the rookie events he powered through with 78 points, 10 points higher then second place.
Those who rode the feared bulls, Man Eater, Western Star and Titanic, also were put straight to the ground with little effort by the beasts.
Brett Cross was expected to be a top contender but Hazard got the better of him and sent him straight to the floor.
But besides a few limps off the arena there were no major injuries of the night.
The arena’s cage was rattled and bashed continuously in the open bareback and bronc events with the horses in full strength.
Chris Williams had a good run when he stepped up in the open bareback event and scored 65 points that gave him first place.
When the barrel racing kicked off there were some stiff scores to try and cap with each rider attacking the course in high speeds.
Unfortunately favourite Jema Slotosch was the only rider that knocked over a barrel, which forced a five second penalty on her score.
But even without the penalty Slotosch’s score wouldn’t have won the crown with the bar set early in the competition by Georgia Watkins.
The cowgirl blitzed the course in 12.241 seconds and although other scores came close in the end nobody could match it.