Thrills and spills as the rodeo comes to town

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

Pic­tures: Tay­lar Amonini

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.

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