Rodeo ac­tion

Countryman - - FRONT PAGE - Bob Gar­nant

Dar­ling Downs cow­boy Mark Max­well pre­pares to rope the calf’s heels, while Pin­jarra horse­man Duane Fuller las­sos its horns in a stun­ning dis­play at the Har­vey Dick­son Rodeo on Satur­day.

The duo were among com­peti­tors to daz­zle the crowd dur­ing the 16th an­nual event, held at Boyup Brook.

Kar­layura Group’s manag­ing di­rec­tor Brian Tucker was en­cour­aged when he wit­nessed indige­nous stock­men from the Kim­ber­ley com­pete on the WA rodeo cir­cuit on Satur­day.

“We spon­sored th­ese young stock­men to travel to Boyup Brook and par­tic­i­pate in the Har­vey Dick­son Rodeo,” he said.

“I my­self came up through the stock­men ranks.”

Mr Tucker told the group that if they ap­plied them­selves and looked af­ter one an­other, any dream could be­come a re­al­ity.

“You have an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove your skills and take it to the next level and in do­ing so, to make your fam­ily very proud.”

Com­pet­ing in the big league of rodeo, US based cowboys Sam Spread­bor­ough, formerly of Mt Isa, and Travis Ed­wards, formerly of Mogum­ber, re­turned to Aus­tralia and were on hand at Boyup Brook to run a pre-rodeo school.

Ahead of the class, Kim­ber­ley cow­boy Keenan Kitch­ing ap­plied him­self and dur­ing the rodeo com­pe­ti­tion was awarded with a win in the Novice Bull Ride.

“This was my first win at the Har­vey Dick­son rodeo,” he said.

Mr Spread­bor­ough said Kitch­ing was a rodeo star in the mak­ing.

“All of the Kim­ber­ley cowboys showed ex­cep­tional abil­ity and they were a credit to their up­bring­ing, very re­spect­ful and well spo­ken,” he said.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

The Abo­rig­i­nal stock­men, left, with Brian Tucker, cen­tre, Travis Ed­wards, Sam Spread­bor­ough, We­ston With­ers and Mark Kes­tel.

NSW cow­boy Ben May­tom won the sad­dle­bronc.

Stacey Mc­Carthy was fastest around the bar­rels.

Kim­ber­ley cow­boy Keenan Kitch­ing.

Kitch­ing in the Novice Bull com­pe­ti­tion.

Kim Daw­son wres­tles a steer.

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