Juniors shine in Goomeri
Biggenden riders place well in their age groups, enjoy opens
FIVE Biggenden riders, including Teagan Bechley, along with brother-sister combinations of Ben and Tamara Buczma and Clayton and Emily Carlson, spent New Year’s Eve competing at the Goomeri Junior Rodeo.
The junior rodeo events of dummy roping, barrel, bending and poddy rides started at 9am followed by the open events at 2pm.
Twelve-year-old Ben Buczma, in his only event for the day, continued his success from the Bundaberg Rodeo, taking out second in the under-15 steer ride.
Clayton Carlson ended his year on a winning note after being named 2014 CRCA under-11 poddy riding champion and was fourth in the 11 and under poddy ride.
He was also third in the barrels with his eight-year-old sister Emi behind him in fourth place, just .588s the difference
Tamara Buczma in the under-15 events was first in the bending and third in the barrel racing.
None of the Biggenden competitors had any success in the open events, but all agreed it was a great experience.
For Emi Carlson, who has an ambition to become a champion barrel rider, competing against riders up to nine years older than her was very exciting.
Kerrie Carlson said this was the third year in a row the family had attended the Goomeri event.
“The kids just love their rodeo, and with no other events on close by, Goomeri puts on a great event.”
And in true rodeo style the Goomeri weather was swelteringly hot.
“We spent a few days camping at the showgrounds in 40-degree heat,” Carlson said. “The weather wasn’t kind. “It was rather hot and sweaty for all the competitors.”
On Monday, the Carlson siblings were front row at the cattle sale, buying themselves some heifers so they can practise their riding skills.
“It all helps with balance and technique,” they said.
The family is looking forward to participating in the campdrafting fun day being held at the Teebar Sports Ground this Saturday and Sunday.
The Biggenden competitors are also looking forward to the start of the drafts with the first being held at Burran down on February 20.
Kerrie Carlson The kids just love their rodeo, and with no other events on close by, Goomeri puts on a great event.
Clayton Carlson in the dummy roping.