Some of Aus­tralia’s top-per­form­ing rid­ers bat­tled it out for more than $30,000 in prize money at the Bod­ding­ton Rodeo last week­end.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Bob Gar­nant

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.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

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.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Gin­gin bar­rel racer Maddi Ed­wards rid­ing Cold Play.

Clack­line cow­boy Peter Price won the Bare­back com­pe­ti­tion.

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