Bull riders Chris Pate, Brenton Hoare and Lane Sothman ready for a big night at the Great Western.
Bull riders Chris Pate, Brenton Hoare and Lane Sothman ready for a big night at the Great Western. Allan Reinikka

Rodeo championships this weekend

HE may be half the size of his other competitors, but he has the attitude of a fierce bull rider and is confident he will put his opponents to shame.

Brenton Hoare, 14, is geared up for this Saturday’s Central Rodeo Cowboys Association championships at the Great Western Arena and will saddle up with his mates, Lane Sothman and Chris Pate, for the big Four B’s event of barrel racing, broncs, bareback and bull riding.

The trio will be three of 18 juniors who plan to “give it go” in the steer wrestling and junior bull riding events as they inch their way into the competitive sport.

Though Hoare said he wouldn’t be competing in bull riding this time around because he didn’t want to “outdo” Sothman and Pate.

Chris Pate, 15, had recently joined the cowboy crew about four months ago and has ridden no more than four bulls in his short career.

Organiser and contractor Brian Duggan said the rodeo is the first CRCA championships for 2010 and would also be the first for many of the juniors like Pate.

“Chris has only just started out – he has only ridden about three or four bulls, this is his beginner year,” he said.

“It usually takes them about a year to find their feet and Lane and Brenton have a bit of start on him as they started about 12 month ago; whereas Chris has only a few months.

“But it will all depend on the draw for these guys; some of the bulls are really good and some are more suited for the juniors – so it is just the luck of the draw.”

Duggan said although the juniors would have a full field of competitors to face on Saturday, it was no different for the other events with about 22 cowgirls in the women’s barrel racing and 18 cowboys in the open riders’ events.

“This time around we have only a few of the older blokes and we have a lot of new blokes coming through,” he said.

But the stiff competition isn’t the only concern for the cowboys, with the calibre of the Rockhampton bulls growing stronger.

Matt Postle, one of the top riders in the national circuit, will be up against Brian Duggan’s Spook, but despite the fierce reputation of Duggan’s bulls, Postle is expected to be a top contender for the event.

And there is little more that can be said about Duggan’s most-prized bull, Man Eater, who will have Warrick Kime on board.

Duggan said Kime should be able to handle the fury of Man Eater –whose name speaks for itself – even though there are few cowboys who can face the bull without some doubts.

“He should be all right with him, but Man Eater had a great run down at the Gold Coast for the nationals the other week,” Duggan said.

Other competitors to keep an eye on will be Brett Cross, who will jump on Hazard, Cameron Taylor, who will face Duggan’s Titanic and Troy Mara on Black Hawk.

Duggan said the Four B’s would be one of the fullest with about 20 competitors in each event.



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