Riders burst out with skill, courage
Boddington Rodeo attracted some of the top performing competitors across Australia all looking to grab their share of more than $30,000 in prize money.
The popular annual event at the Lions Rodeo Complex on Saturday attracted a large crowd who were entertained by the diversity of rodeo — from the dangerous bull riding to the highly skilled roping events.
From start to finish, there was non-stop action all ending with the final competitor, Australia’s No.1 ranked bull rider Cliff Richardson, who was looking to add valuable points to his tally but only if he could successfully ride WA’s No.1 ranked bull, Revolver.
The New South Wales cowboy did not stand a chance as the highly athletic bull made a huge leap in the air, throwing Cliff off his mount, sending him home with a hard-hitting bruise to the body.
After 17 open bull riders gave their best efforts, the highest point scorer title went to 28th ranked Oscar Leake, of NSW, who was one of four to remain mounted the required eight seconds.
WA’s Peter Price, who moved to third in the open bareback standings at Boddington, was up against the country’s top- ranked Travis Heeb, of Queensland.
After Heeb scored a 71-point ride, Price responded with a spectacular 78-point winning ride.
Eastern States cowboys dominated the Open Saddle Bronc top placings, with Josh Barnett, of NSW, taking the win with Australia’s number two ranked Ben Mayton, of NSW, second, and US competitor Travis Edwards, who lives in Texas but formerly of Mogumber, in third spot.
Upcoming rough stock rider Jack Collins, 16, of Muchea, took out the 14 to under-18 steer ride event on 71 points.
One of the most highly competitive events took place in the steer wrestling.
Stephen Mapp, of NSW, was quickest to fall from his horse to take down a steer in a time of 3.97 seconds. The nearest competitor, Daniel Morris (ranked 5th), achieved a time of 6.3 seconds.
It was number-one ranked Rope and Tie expert, Heath Nichols, of NSW, who was quickest in his event in a time of 8.73 seconds.
In the ladies’ steer undecoratiing event, WA’s Browyn Hill stopped the clock at 1.93 seconds to take the win against Maddison Pearce, of NSW, who went second fastest at 2.01 seconds.
Also taking a win for WA, Chelsey Fell was fastest in the ladies barrel race in a time of 18.23 seconds just .06 of a second faster than Maddie Edwards, riding her successful Cold Play.
Fell was riding thoroughbred Black Butt on its swan song victory. “My horse had health issues in recent years, so reaching its ripe 17 years of age, it is time to train up another thoroughbred barrel racer,” she said.
Gingin barrel racer Maddie Edwards riding Cold Play took second place at Boddington.
WA cowboy Mark Maxwell competed favourably in the Rope and Tie event against Australia's best.
New South Wales cowboy Cliff Richardson hangs five on Revolver.