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Don­key com­petes in Panna rodeo

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A 1m. 16sec ride in a bar­rel race is not usu­ally enough to pique com­peti­tors’ in­ter­est, let alone the crowd.

But then again, it is not ev­ery day you see a don­key in a bar­rel race.

That is ex­actly what hap­pened to fin­ish the lo­cal bar­rel races just be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion proper got un­der way for the an­nual Robe River Rodeo in Pan­na­won­ica at the week­end.

Pyra­mid Sta­tion’s lar­rikin longterm man­ager Glenn Con­nell took his beloved don­key out on the cir­cuit for what re­sem­bled more of a leisurely stroll rather than a mad dash around the turns.

Mr Con­nell said he was chuffed he didn’t come last ei­ther, as sev­eral com­peti­tors hit bar­rels or did not fin­ish the race.

Hav­ing fin­ished the lo­cal events, the main stage be­gan with a mo­ment’s si­lence for Blake Hal­lam, a gun North Queens­land rodeo com­peti­tor who died in a ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent late last week.

As was the case in Onslow, no bull rid­ers man­aged to hit the eight-sec­ond mark to reg­is­ter a score for the meet but Wade McCarthy and Ger­ard Oversby, cur­rently fifth and sixth in the rank­ings for 2016, came close.

Oversby again im­pressed in the bare­back bronc, show­ing the crowd why he is num­ber one in the cat­e­gory and all-round cow­boy stand­ings.

The ladies made a bet­ter day of it in the bar­rel rac­ing with sub 18sec­ond times from the likes of Sally Latham and Maddi Ed­wards sure to move both rid­ers up the stand­ings.

Wendy Har­ris was one of sev­eral rid­ers to get on with the job in the steer un­dec­o­rat­ing, re­mov­ing the rib­bon al­most straight out of the blocks.

Usu­ally, the Robe River Rodeo sig­nals the end of rodeo sea­son in the Pil­bara, but Rag­ing Rough­stock has or­gan­ised a rodeo at Whim Creek next month, which gen­er­ated plenty of con­ver­sa­tion at the Panna rodeo grounds.

The rodeo will be hosted on the sec­ond week­end of Oc­to­ber.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ger­ard Oversby in the bare­back bronc at the Robe River Rodeo in Pan­na­won­ica.

Wendy Har­ris reaches in for the steer un­dec­o­rat­ing.

Leith Barnes comes off on his first bull­ride of the day.

Wade McCarthy in the bare­back bronc.

Glenn Con­nell and his don­key in the lo­cal bar­rel race.

Wade McCarthy came within mil­lisec­onds of reg­is­ter­ing a score for this ride.

Maddi Ed­wards heads to the top bar­rel in the bar­rel race.

Brock Har­ris in the sad­dle­bronc.

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