Clinic a cut above the rest
Expert rider conducts cutting clinic
CUTTING: The Maranoa Team Roping Club brought expert cutter Roger Wagner to town at the weekend to run a cutting clinic.
Santos donated 100 head of cattle for the event and local trucking business owner Charlie Burke donated the transport to get the cattle to and from the Pleasant Hills property between Roma and Wallumbilla.
All of the students left Sunday with better horsemanship skills.
— Cathy Mitchell
Wagner, who has earned more than $3 million in prize money and is in the Hall of Fame in Australia and the USA, trained 12 students over the two-day clinic.
In 2001, at the 28th NCHA Australia Futurity Wagner became the first person to win first and second in both the futurity and the derby.
While he retired from training in 2013, Wagner makes himself available for a limited number of clinics in Australia, America and other countries.
He also conducts in-person, one-on-one coaching with professional trainers and non professional riders.
Team Roping Club secretary Cathy Mitchell said it was a very successful cutting clinic.
“Roger Wagner has won $3.5m in Australia and America and it is evident why,” she said.
“All of the students left on Sunday afternoon with better horsemanship skills.
“It (the clinic) would not have been possible without the help and support of Charlie and Jack Burke, Ben and Vicki Graham, Santos and Charlie Brummel.”
Club treasurer Faye Robertson said the 12 adults who took part in the clinic were from Roma, Injune, Wallumbilla, Blackall and the surrounding region.
“It was well worth getting him out here and it was very successful,” she said.
CUTTING EDGE Expert instructor Roger Wagner (right) passes on a few cutting tips to rider Charlie Brummel during a recent clinic.