Young gun takes out open event at rodeo
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.