James swaps seats

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT -

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.

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