Young gun takes out open event at rodeo

Dalby Herald - - LIFE - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy

TEAM ROPING: It was all about cow­boys, cow­girls, roping steers, rid­ing horses and fam­ily fun at the week­end for the Roma Bungil Rodeo.

It was the last all-round event for the Queens­land Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion and com­pe­ti­tion in the ring was fierce.

Coben Ay­ers, 11, went into the all-round event lead­ing the heeler stand­ings in the open team roping, fol­lowed by Paul Howlett.

Howlett placed first at the week­end and Ay­ers placed sec­ond, lead­ing to a run off to de­ter­mine the com­pe­ti­tion win­ner.

Ay­ers won the run off on his trusty steed, Mick, to be­come the youngest re­cip­i­ent of the QRA open heeler buckle.

“He’s learned from the best in the busi­ness,” said mum Shirley Ay­ers.

“It’s great to see the open com­peti­tors will have a go with him.”

Shirley said Coben is rarely seen with­out a rope in his hands.

“He only started team roping at the start of the year, but he prac­tices a lot,” she said.

“It’s hard when you’re only a kid and you’re up against adults, but he’s proved his place.”


ROPED: Coben Ay­ers (left) with Dun­hill Abriol in a roping com­pe­ti­tion.

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