20th Robe River rodeo ropes in a big crowd

Pilbara News - - Front Page - ■ Court­ney Fowler

There were plenty of thrills and spills last week at the Pan­na­won­ica Rodeo Grounds, which sprung to life for the 20th Robe River Rodeo cel­e­bra­tions. More than 2500 spec­ta­tors flocked to the three-day event, which fea­tured a strong con­tin­gent of lo­cal jacka­roos and plenty of en­ter­tain­ment for lo­cal fam­i­lies to en­joy.

More than 2500 com­peti­tors, res­i­dents and tourists flocked last week to the dusty red Pan­na­won­ica rodeo grounds, which sprang to life for the 20th Robe River Rodeo cel­e­bra­tions.

This year’s camp draft and rodeo, which went across three days, fea­tured plenty of spills and a strong con­tin­gent of lo­cal jacka­roos mak­ing their mark in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The sad­dle bronc went to the 2014 win­ner from Onslow, Brock Harris, with an out­stand­ing 74point ride.

The sta­tion buck jump was won by Yalleen jackaroo Don­ald Percy, who scored 73 points for his im­pres­sive ride.

All-round cow­girl was won for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year by Kar­ratha lo­cal Sally Latham, who cleaned up more than $1200 in prizes af­ter win­ning both the ladies and lo­cal bar­rel races.

Lau­rence Oversby won the all­round cow­boy ti­tle, af­ter an im­pres­sive per­for­mance across the board in the steer wrestling, team rop­ing and sad­dle bronc ride.

Young up-and-comer Jeremy Green dom­i­nated both the un­der-18 ju­ve­nile and open steer rides.

Ju­nior rider Mick­aela Mon­goo also had a stand-out per­for­mance in the un­der-18 ju­ve­nile bar­rel race, lead­ing the field on a time of 16.75 sec­onds.

Out­side of the ring, spec­ta­tors were treated to a good va­ri­ety of food, mer­chan­dise and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties to keep the crowd busy.

The three-day event con­cluded

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Gar­rem Parker in the sad­dle bronc event.

Jay­lan Smith, Keeley Pem­ber­ton, Cassie Bal­dock, Pip Short and Bon­nie Short.

Linda An­der­son and Lu­cie Abadi.

Luke Met­calfe in the bull ride.

Wade McCarthy, sec­ond in bare­back bronc.

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