Ju­niors shine in Goomeri

Biggen­den rid­ers place well in their age groups, en­joy opens

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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