Shane McDonald hoped his bull Gold Digger would provide him with gold dust but unfortunately all he ended up with was Rockhampton dirt.
Shane McDonald hoped his bull Gold Digger would provide him with gold dust but unfortunately all he ended up with was Rockhampton dirt. Chris Ison

Thrills and spills galore at rodeo

THE weather outside the Great Western’s Nissan Navara Arena was cold but inside things were a lot hotter, as cowboys and girls did battle against the beasts.

A large crowd packed into the arena for the show and they didn’t go away disappointed.

Some of the best cowboys and girls took part in the CRCA-backed event and they provided spills and thrills for the spectators.

In the bull riding events the work of the cowboys was good to watch but it was the dismounts that bordered on the spectacular as the bovines decided to part ways with their would-be riders early in the contest.

As always, the younger age-groups pleased spectators, with even the smallest cowboys showing daring in the Poddy Ride.

It took a brilliant ride from Macaulie Leather, for which he received a big total of 76 points, to win the event, although Brody Nunn was a little unlucky not to score more than 64 points for another strong ride.

For up-and-coming talent look no further Rockhampton Grammar’s Lawson Nobbs.

The young cowboy, brother of Comets player Cooper Nobbs, was in hot form, winning the Steer Ride, two points ahead of Sam Spencer, and then taking the Junior Bull Ride with a score of 73 points, with Harry Hoffman the runner-up.

There was just one successful rider in the Rookie Bull Ride, with Jackson Hughes taking home the money after a 70.5-point ride.

The horse events had their moments, with some of the young horses giving riders a tough time, while others merely provided a re-ride.

Stu Frame was good value in taking the Bareback, while in the Saddle Bronc Brendan Breiner, a recent arrival in Alton Downs, took home the main prize.

The women also put on a good show, with Emma Benjamin a clear winner from Stefi Roberts to continue her good run of form.

The Open Bull ride is the premier event and it was a toss-up whether the cowboys or the beasts came out on top.

Sonny Schafferious would have gained the score of the night had he mastered Western Star but in the end he wasn’t even close, parting company in less than two seconds.

Troy Mara went in with great fanfare but Johnny Mac soon delivered him to the dirt.

In the end Capella cowboy got the job done on Prison Break for a winning 79.5-point score, with Stu Frame second and Russell Cox third.



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