FIERCE RODEO ACTION
Some of Australia’s top-performing riders battled it out for more than $30,000 in prize money at the Boddington Rodeo last weekend.
The Boddington Rodeo attracted top performing competitors from 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 which was 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 Richardson off his mount, sending him home with a hard-hitting bruise to the body and the crowd’s appreciation for his courage.
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 for the required 8sec.
WA’s Peter Price, who moved into third spot in the open bareback standings at Boddington, was up against the country’s No.1-
ranked Travis Heeb, of Queensland.
After Heeb scored a 71-point ride, Price responded with a spectacular 78-point winning ride to take out the event, edging him closer in point standings to the leader.
Eastern States cowboys dominated the open saddle bronc top placings, with Josh Barnett, of NSW, taking the win with Australia’s No.2-ranked Ben Mayton, of NSW, grabbing second place, 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, with some of the nation’s top-ranked point-earners all participating at Boddington.
Stephen Mapp, of NSW, was quickest to fall away from his horse to take down a steer in a time of 3.97sec. to take top bragging rights with the nearest competitor, Daniel Morris (ranked 5th), in a time of 6.3sec.
Meanwhile, it was No.1 ranked rope and tie expert, Heath Nichols, of NSW, who was quickest in his event in a time of 8.73sec.
In the ladies’ steer undecorating event, WA’s Browyn Hill stopped the clock at 1.93 seconds to win.
WA cowboy Mark Maxwell in the rope and tie event.
Ben Maytom, of NSW, took second place in the saddle bronc.
WA rodeo queen Ruby Hayes carried the Australian flag in the grand opening of the Boddington Rodeo.
Gingin barrel racer Maddi Edwards riding Cold Play.
Clackline cowboy Peter Price won the Bareback competition.