Rid­ers burst out with skill, courage

Great Southern Herald - - News - Bob Gar­nant

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.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

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.

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