Cowboys finally dominate
THE aim of organisers was to try and attract the best cowboys and girls around to compete for big prizes in a series of shows and the Bullzye Top Guns provided that with Jared Borghero getting the event away to a flyer.
A large crowd turned out for the first in the nine rodeo series, plus the finals, at the Great Western's Nissan Navara Arena on Saturday evening.
They were not disappointed with the action in the Open Bull Ride as for once a good percentage of the cowboys managed to stay on board for the wild eight second ride.
Organiser and stock contractor Brian Duggan said the Open section attracted 24 cowboys with six getting on board and gaining a qualifying score.
Borghero, a regular finalist in the APR events at the Gold Coast, nominated one of Duggan's young bulls, one he has marked down as a possible future champion.
The judges marks for Saturday night's performance by Cochise as well as the rider is an indicator that the Duggan bull will be popular for cowboys.
Every competitor aims to gain as high a score as possible and Cochise played his part while Borghero produced the ride of the night to score 89 points.
It was fortunate Borghero did score highly as local crowd pleaser Steve Corrie was also in top form riding Uncle Buck for 86 points, a score that would have earned him the winner's cheque on most nights.
"On the night there were five or six good rides with the lowest score around 82-83 points," Duggan said.
Duggan has a keen interest in all the bulls taking part in a rodeo and he was impressed with the quality of stock on Saturday.
"One Horn was nominated by Justin Paton and he put in a good effort for an old bull," Duggan said.
In the other bull riding events on the program Nick Jenkins was the only cowboy of the 18 nominations to claim a score, winning the Rookie section with a score of 71 points on the bull Mumps and Bumps.
Leannard Vannek was in top form in the Junior Bull Ride and he too was the "last man standing" of 17 competitors to take out Saturday's event.
The equine events were expected to be won by the favourites with Allan Powell in the Saddle Bronc and Dave Worsfield for the Bareback expected to be too good.
That was exactly the way it turned out although Brett Cross did put up a strong challenge in the Bareback to finish runner-up.
Alleisha Priddle is back to her formidable best with a first round victory in the Ladies Barrel Race.
Towards the end of 2011 Jill Lyons hit some good form as did PJ Symes but Priddle proved on Saturday she wants this series and will be the one to look out for.
On Friday night the Paul Archer The Good Guys series returns at the Nissan Navara Arena with the best young talent around aiming to collect a buckle come series end.
Saturday night's Bullzye Top Guns series, round one, at the Nissan Navara Arena.
- Open Bull Ride:1- Jared Borghero 89 pts, 2-Steve Corrie 86pts
- Rookie: Nick Jenkins 71 pts
- Junior: Leannard Vannek
- Saddle Bronc: Allan Powell
- Bare Back: Dave Worsfield
- Ladies Barrel Race: Alleisha Priddle