Clinic a cut above the rest

Ex­pert rider con­ducts cut­ting clinic

Western Times - - SPORT - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy@west­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

CUT­TING EDGE Ex­pert in­struc­tor Roger Wag­ner (right) passes on a few cut­ting tips to rider Char­lie Brum­mel dur­ing a re­cent clinic.

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