Class riders snare their share of prizes at Onslow Rodeo

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Bulls charged, horses bucked and las­sos were loosed at the 14th an­nual Onslow Rodeo on Satur­day, which at­tracted more than 120 riders from across the coun­try.

The to­tal prize pool reached more than $20,000, with $2500 on of­fer for ma­jor events and $1250 for mi­nor events.

The char­ity bull ride event at­tracted six gun riders, rais­ing funds for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice and five other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

It was a good day for Kyle Adams, who won the Beadon Bay open bull ride and sta­tion buck jump.

Aus­tralian cham­pion Wade McCarthy won the bare­back and rope and tie events.

For the sec­ond year run­ning, Grant Ed­wards and Zach Kealy took out the team rop­ing event.

Last year’s over­all best cow­girl Bron­wyn Hill and cow­boy McCarthy both re­tained their ti­tles af­ter im­pres­sive per­for­mances in the rodeo ring.

The ju­niors also had a great day on the horses, with Makayla Mon­goo win­ning the un­der-18 ju­ve­nile bar­rel race and Tyrell Met­calfe named win­ner of the un­der-14 ju­nior steer ride.

At the prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony, all win­ners were pre­sented with the much cov­eted belt buck­les.

The only thing more fright­en­ing than the buck­ing bulls was the lolly scram­ble, in which dozens of chil­dren chased a rodeo clown for their pre­cious share of the lolly bag.

The me­chan­i­cal bull ride com­pe­ti­tion also kept the crowd en­ter- tained, with many rev­ellers step­ping up to have a crack for the $1500 prize money.

A big day of rid­ing was capped off with per­for­mances by bush poet Corin Linch, DJ Rev and coun­try mu­sic vet­er­ans Corey Livey, An­thony Tay­lor and the Gough Broth­ers.

Onslow Rodeo pres­i­dent Shane Stratford thanked vol­un­teers and spon­sors for mak­ing the event a suc­cess since it was es­tab­lished in 2001.

“The event started off a bit rough when we had no power or toi­lets work­ing, but in the end it was a great day with around 1000 peo­ple at­tend­ing,” he said.

“It’s great to see the vol­lies keep com­ing and help­ing out, the rodeo is get­ting big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year.

“We at­tract some of the best riders in the coun­try, so we must be putting on a good show if they keep com­ing back.”

Min­is­ter for Tourism Kim Hames said the Onslow Rodeo was

a ma­jor event on the Aus­tralian Bush­men’s Cam­p­draft and Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion’s cal­en­dar.

“Sup­port­ing events such as Onslow Rodeo will help us in­crease re­gional tourism,” he said.

“Re­gional events gen­er­ate valu­able pro­mo­tion for re­gional WA, pro­vide a boost to the econ­omy and add vi­brancy to the towns, mak­ing them ex­cit­ing places to visit and great places to live.”

The next big event on the Pil­bara rodeo cir­cuit will be in Pan­na­won­ica from Septem­ber 3 to 5.

Onslow Rodeo Win­ners 2015

Beadon Bay Open Bull ride: Kyle Adams Sta­tion Buck Jump: Kyle Adams Steer Wrestling: Paul Casey Sad­dle­bronc: Brock Harris Bare­back: Wade McCarthy Rope and Tie: Wade McCarthy. Ladies’ Bar­rell Race: Wendy Harris Lo­cal Bull Ride: Ash­ley Price Ladies Break­away Rop­ing: Bron­wyn Hill Team Rop­ing: Grant Ed­wards and Zach Kealy Steer Un­dec­o­rat­ing: Alicia Fin­ni­gan Un­der-14 Ju­nior Steer Rride: Tyrell Met­calfe Un­der-18 Ju­ve­nile Steer Ride: Josh Fogherty Ju­nior Bar­rel Race: Makayla Mon­goo

There were plenty of thrills and spills at the 2015 Onslow Rodeo.

Steer wrestling was won by Paul Casey at the Onslow Rodeo.

Corey Livey, An­thony Tay­lor and the Gough Broth­ers

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Lo­cal chil­dren tackle the rodeo clown dur­ing the lolly scram­ble.

This rider came off sec­ond best at this year’s Onslow Rodeo.

There was $1250 prize money up for grabs for the sta­tion buck jump.

The 2015 Onslow Rodeo win­ners at the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony.

Tanika McCarthy in the women’s steer rope and tie.

Chil­dren watch the rodeo ring from the view­ing tower.

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