Young riders strut stuff at arena

WHEN organiser Brian Duggan promised a top show he certainly meant it.

On Friday night it was the turn of the young and inexperienced riders to strut their stuff at the Great Western Indoor Arena for the final of the Paul Archer The Good Guys Young Guns series.

They did it in style.

Duggan had said the one thing he had noticed during the series was the improvement shown by the riders in all sections of the event.

With buckles up for grabs there was plenty for the youngsters to aim for.

When it comes to young bull riders Clint Wheeler is one of the best around and even before he climbed on to the chute for his first ride of the night the young cowboy knew the Rookie Bull Ride buckle was his and a good ride in the Junior Bull Ride would see him wear that buckle too.

When it came to Wheeler's turn a score of 81 points had already been posted but that did not prove to be an obstacle for the young man as he rode a spinning, bucking Shane Iker beast for the full eight seconds and made the task look easy in the process.

The judges liked what they saw and rewarded Wheeler with an 86 point score.

On the night there were a couple of surprises, especially in the Rookie Bull Ride where New Zealander Joshua Mann rode young bull Gold Buckle for a score of 82 points.

“He's been riding for a while but he seems to have hit form,” Duggan said.

Going into Friday night's final round there were some divisions too close to call. One was the Poddy Ride where Corey West and Zac Riley-Wilson were equal on 170 points.

It was not a good night for young West as he barely cleared the chute before his ride ended in the Great Western dirt.

Riley-Wilson's task during the second half of the show was to ride the same little critter for a good score and the buckle was his.

It was a task Riley-Wilson was up to and therefore he came away wearing the good gear.

Brenton Hoare was in danger of losing his grip on the buckle for the Steer Ride having suffered an injury that forced him out of a few meetings.

But the title was his when nearest competitor Sam Mason scored a 73 point total which meant he couldn't gain the win he needed.

In the end it was Callum Gleeson who finished as runner-up.

Ryan Seeds and Tim Duggan also went into Friday night's rodeo level on points but when Seeds, a cousin of bull riding ace Ben Seeds, rode a Shannon Coombes horse, Try Time, to a score of 84 points the buckle was his.

Next big show at the Great Western Indoor Arena is the Bulls and Barrels Rodeo on Saturday.

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