Cow­boys ride into town

Buck­ing the trend

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

If you have no­ticed a few ex­tra folks wear­ing cow­boy hats and cow­boy boots in town it can only mean one thing, Wanaka’s an­nual rodeo is here. This year’s event sees the buck­ing bulls and dart­ing horse com­pete at the en­larged and im­proved grounds near Al­bert Town which could now ac­com­mo­date up to 6000 spec­ta­tors. Wanaka Rodeo Club pres­i­dent Lyal Cocks said 180 com­peti­tors from across New Zealand would take part in the event, which in­cluded more than 15 sec­tions, as well as a rider from Aus­tralia. The event would be a leadup to the club host­ing the 2014 New Zealand Na­tional Rodeo Fi­nals on March 8 and 9. The fi­nals will see the top eight com­peti­tors in eight dif­fer­ent sec­tions ride off for the na­tional ti­tle. It had been more than a decade since the club had hosted the na­tional event.

Rough ride: Quil­lan Lowry from Geral­dine is thrown from a bull dur­ing the Open Bull Ride at the Wanaka Rodeo.

Laid back: Joe Fen­ti­man from Wai­tati in ac­tion dur­ing the Open Bare Back com­pe­ti­tion at the Wanaka Rodeo.

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