Thrills and spills delight crowds
The song lyrics “momma, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys” held true when a big crowd witnessed all the thrills and spills of the Boddington Lions Rodeo on Saturday.
But the drawing power of the adrenalin-pumping sport remains strong among young and old, particularly when a mining town’s sponsors put up more than $31,000 in prize money.
What may worry most mums is the open bull ride where experience is required if participants want to stay out of harm’s way, if that’s possible.
While a few rookie competitors had to pick themselves up off the ground after being bucked off, while still avoiding an ornery bull, it was the skilled riders who rode and dismounted effortlessly, and were still in good shape.
The extreme rough stock events are the crowd-pleasers with big cheers for those riders who draw a fierce beast and manage to score top points, while any injury to a participant receives plenty of encouragement and applause for bravery.
Cowboys who take up the sport, are usually following family tradition, wanting to enjoy and respect what was handed down to them.
Dual rough stock winner Wade McCarthy showed all the class of his upbringing when he turned on his professional talent in the open bulls and bareback events.
Scoring 81 points riding bucking bull Boots, McCarthy remained centred on the beast during the balancing act, showing an extreme level of skill and experience.
When he came charging out of the chute on bareback horse JT, McCarthy was cool, calm and collected as he rode the bucking bronco in his typical laid-back style.
The crowd also witnessed the talent of Eastern States competitors including Australia’s number one ranked saddlebronc rider, Ben Maytom, from NSW, who didn’t disappoint, taking the win in that event.
Another top-ranked visiting competitor, Jock Bone-Langdon, showed why he was quickest in the Steer Wrestling event, winning in a time of 5.44 seconds.
Bone-Langdon was also in top form in the Rope and Tie event, taking another win for the NSW team.
Backing up her recent win in the Ladies Barrels, Lower Chittering cowgirl Stacey McCarthy, riding Marvin, was quickest at Boddington, in a time of 16.37 seconds.
Also quick in the Ladies Breakaway event, Elise Croft, won in the time of 2.09 seconds.
Croft, who is a Perth lawyer by profession, just loves riding and roping on the weekends.
In the Team Roping event, dynamos Casey Tribe (header) and Dylan Ruff (healer) made WA proud, taking on the best in Australia, and winning in a time of 6.34 seconds. It was also great to see the father/daughter roping team of Cody Lambert and Stacey McCarthy make a good time in this event.
And continuing the family tradition, Ruff’s brother, Joel, picked up a win in the novice bulls.
Wade McCarthy rides bareback on JT to a win with a score of 74 points.
Jock Bone-Langdon won the rope and tie event in a time of 8.89 seconds.
Rodeo fans Simone Britten and Aiofe Landridge enjoy the day.