Young Guns lead the way
GOOD crowds and high-quality action is what you come to expect from the Paul Archer The Good Guys Young Guns series.
There is always excitement when the young cowboys and girls take part in the Poddy Ride.
Some of the competitors are barely as big as the Akubras they proudly wear when they have completed their ride at the Nissan Navara Arena.
To these little guys the young bull they climb on must feel every bit as large and fearsome as those fully grown versions the senior cowboys ride in shows.
It would be a difficult task for any judge to separate these young riders, who all gain a score for their efforts.
However, there has to be a winner and this month's Young Gun Poddy Ride winner, the third of the 2011 series, was six-year-old Ben Carlaw.
“It was hotly contested. There were some good rides,” stock contractor and organiser for the Great Western Brian Duggan said.
In the Bull Ride it was a little easier to choose the winner, as Trent Maguire was the only cowboy to hear the eight-second bell while still on-board his beast.
The former St Brendan's student was worth his 80 points for riding a bull named Foo Fighter.
Maguire is making it no contest at this stage of the series, as he has won all three rounds in the 10-round series.
In the Junior Bull Ride Harry Hoffman took the win when he rode a lively spinning bull named Dangerous Day for 72 points, while Brenton Hoare took second place on Bluey.
As always there were moments of spectacular action which, thankfully, did not result in anything more serious than the odd bruise.
Leonard Vannek seemed to be airborne for longer than gravity might allow as he spun to the ground mid-way through his Junior Bull ride.
In the Bareback, Jamie Morgan took a knock to the head as he dismounted but at least had the satisfaction of winning the section.
The Saddle Bronc division was littered with re-rides, but Proserpine's Hayden Debboni did the job and was rewarded with a score of 67 points and the win.
The Barrel Race was another event that was well contested, with 17 riders taking part.
Winner of this round, the second of the Barrel Racing series, was Emma Benjamin.