Ride 'em cowboy
IT WAS the turn of the next generation of rodeo stars when the opening round of the Paul Archer The Good Guys Young Guns series was held at the Great Western's Nissan Navara Arena on Friday.
Stock contractor and rodeo organiser Brian Duggan said the event produced its normal amount of good performances, hard luck stories and occasional bumps and bruises as cowboys and girls set out to win one of the coveted buckles which are presented at the conclusion of the series.
The series continues to be a good start out point for many youngsters wishing to succeed in the tough sport of rodeo.
For Ben Burn the evening had hardly begun when he had the misfortune of hitting the dirt almost before the door of the chute was fully opened.
Duggan said it was a nasty moment for the young rider as his horse flipped on leaving the chute and landed on the cowboy.
Fortunately there was no serious injury to horse or rider.
Unfamiliar names continue to come to the fore as riders benefit from last year's experience and put together a performance that gains sufficient points.
Ambrose Masefield was one who impressed in winning the poddy ride.
"He put in a great little ride," Duggan said, he is a very talented little bloke."
The youngster, Duggan said, gets good support when he rides as his dad, who works in Western Australia, schedules holidays so he can be present.
In the steer ride it was Lawson Nobbs who took an early lead in the race for series points.
The junior bull ride was a triumph for Tyler Morgan who showed his ability while some of the regular winners faltered.
"It was a good ride on a fast spinning bull called The Sheikh," Duggan said.
In the rookie section a young Gladstone cowboy, Russell Bennett, got away to a series lead.
Duggan said Bennett has been very impressive with his style of riding when he is able to attend meetings and on Friday was on top of his game, getting points on the board to beat Bray Perratt to the win.
One of the fancied cowboys, Guy Ford, did all the hard work but was then tossed to the dirt before hearing the eight second buzzer.
In the horse divisions there were also some good displays although cowboys found the going particularly difficult in the saddle bronc ride.
Eleven cowboys entered the event but only Alton Downs cowboy Dylan Kime gained a score.
Mark Pocock sets the pace in the bareback section while the barrel race was taken out by Gracemere's fast-improving Christy Engel.
- Barrel Race: Christy Engel
- Bareback: Mark Pocock
- Saddle Bronc: Dylan Kime
- Poddy Ride: Ambrose Masefield
- Steer Ride: Lawson Nobbs
- Junior Bull: Tyler Morgan
- Rookie: Russell Bennett