By the horns
BAD luck for cowboy Ryan Storey who had the ride of the weekend in the Open Bull Ride, scoring 87 points on the Brian Duggan bull Western Star only to come away without one of the major awards.
The hard work is done and over the weekend it was time to present the rewards as the CRCA held their 2012 Finals at the Heritage Village.
Storey would have been one of those collecting a buckle as his ride was the best of just three scores in the section, with all three of those successful rides coming in the final round.
Unfortunately for Storey he had given up the opportunity of winning by missing Saturday's round which meant he did not qualify for the averages.
The crowds were kept fully entertained for the three as some of the masters of the rodeo scene showed why they hold such huge reputations while others gave notice of things to come in future years.
The name Shane Iker is always there or thereabouts as he is a cowboy whose tally of buckles makes you wonder what he can possibly do with them all.
While his winning record goes back over a decade there are few signs he is set to relinquish his position at the pinnacle of the sport.
In 2011 he again proved he ability and durability by taking out the All Round Cowboy and the Steer Wrestling.
In a Team Roping event he was also a winner with Brodie Moss.
However, this year the Rope and Tie does not have his name on it as one of the young breed, Jay Pokarier, got the points on the board to take the title.
While that was the only title Pokarier took in the Open section he stamped his authority in Junior where he won the Breakaway Roping and in Rookie with buckles for the Team Roping with Brenton Bell and the All Round Cowboy.
For stock contractor Brian Duggan the three day show was a success.
Taking the weekend average was Mitchell Paton who lasted the full eight seconds on the bull Cactus Jack but then was given a bit of payback from the beast when the Fred Prior bull Cactus Jack took to Paton as lay prone in the arena dirt.
"Yeah, Mitch was given a bit of a rub," Duggan said with obvious delight," I think they (cowboys) need that now and again."
"It makes the bullfighters work."
Paton was uninjured after his "bit of a rub up" to take the Average while elder brother Justin is the CRCA Open Bull Ride champion fpr 2011.
Duggan's stranglehold of the "Buckin' Bull of the Year" award was broken as Clermont's Freddie Klier's bull Wild Thing took away that honour.
Ryan Ibbotsen was named top CRCA Bullfighter.