Thrills and spills as the rodeo comes to town
Newman was overrun with cowboys and cowgirls over the weekend as they gathered in the hundreds to watch the annual Newman Rodeo.
More than 1500 thrill-seeking residents and tourists flocked to the dusty, red rodeo grounds for the event hosted by the Newman Campdraft and Rodeo Association.
Starting at noon, the all-day event attracted families and competitors to hang out, have a yarn and enjoy the day before the competition got under way.
Crowds then lined the ring to watch competitors take on a range of challenges to win their share of a cash prize.
As dust was kicked up into the air, the enthusiastic crowd cheered for the premier event — the open bull ride.
No open bull was ridden until the second last ride in the last round in the last event.
Stuart Rae walked away with the only time on the board and took the $4700 pot.
The highlight of the bull ride was Chris Prairie, who rode a novice bull in round two to raise funds for Chloe Ridley, a young girl with cerebral palsy.
Mr Prairie was Facing his Fear, as the charity foundation is named and, while he did not make time, he had a cracker of a go at the wild bull.
Freya Tomasini was the only woman to take the pot for the ladies’ break away.
She also won the steer undercoating and placed in the barrels to take out the All Round Cowgirl, taking home $5337.
Dylan Ruff, a junior who can also ride in open events, was the only man to place in the rope and tie taking home $3400.
Mr Ruff also placed twice in the team, roping to take out the All Round Cowboy, taking home $5175.
Newman Campdraft and Rodeo Association spokeswoman Jacinta Ronchi said this competition was one of the biggest the grounds had seen.
The longstanding Newman Rodeo was first held in 1998 and has since expanded to attract more than 100 competitors each year.
A rider in in the ring.
The crowd watches on as a rider chases a poddy calf around the ring.
A bull rider tries to hold on.