James swaps seats
MONTO’S James Parker rose with the birds to travel down from his Cania Dam property in time to judge the 7am two-handed cutting event at Mt Perry Show.
Although he “far prefers competing”, James found that judging had helped with his own techniques.
“You have to look out for the rider’s ability to control the animal, how well-trained their horse is and the way they cut, among other things,” he said.
“I guess it makes you more aware of things when you compete yourself.”
Although only his second time judging an event, James looked comfortable scribbling out his scores from the top of a ute in the middle on the ring.
The toughest challenge was making sure that the correct score did not get lost in translation between himself and the commentator, as this occurred a number of times.
First place in the open two-handed cutting went to Rick Seeds, second place went to Belinda Staib and Geoff Storey came in third, with only half a point separating the top three.
Wide Bay Burnett Cutting Club secretary Anita Cooper finished fifth and was impressed with the tight competition.
“It was not a bad turn out at all, numbers were certainly up,” she said.
HOT TO TROT: Anita Cooper trots along in the two-handed cutting.
The show kicked off with two- handed cutting at 7am.
Molly Blyton from Monto competes in the two- handed cutting.
Riders were put to the test during the two- handed cutting.
Competition was fierce at Mt Perry's two- handed cutting.
Kylie Ray gets her cattle cornered during the two-handed cutting.
A rider gives chase in the two handed cutting.
Lisa Scholl gives chase in the twohanded cutting.