Thrills and spills de­light crowds

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Bob Gar­nant

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.

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