Rodeo goes to the extremes
Harvey Dickson welcomed a big crowd to his family’s 16th annual rodeo at Boyup Brook on Saturday, while his daughter, Shane, sang a tribute to her mum, Rose, who passed away last year.
“This song (Peace in the Valley) is for Mum,” she said before singing a beautiful rendition.
A moment of silence fell on the heartfelt rodeo fans, only to be awaken with announcer Paul Casey’s “it’s time to rodeo”, followed by a stampede of flag-bearing pageantry riders who made up the grand opening entry team.
Casey then asked the crowd to witness what the New York Times said was the most extreme sport in the world: bull riding.
After round one of the open bull ride was completed, with no unforeseen injuries to either riders or beasts, it was declared a win for the ladder, as not one of the seven riders scored any judges’ points.
“No rider was able to stay mounted for the required eight seconds, so the bulls won this round,” Casey said.
In the next event, it was Kim Dawson, who would get the crowd alight with his quick time (6.75sec.) in the steer wrestling, fast enough to have all others thinking a second place would do.
In the ladies steer undecorating event, National Rodeo Queen Quest entrant Gina Crawford was victorious in a time of 2.23sec.
The bareback event showed the might of WA rough stock riders with Jesse Deburgh and Peter Price scoring 70 points for equal wins while Wade McCarthy was only one point off the pace.
It was time to saddle up in the bronc ride and Australia’s No.1 rider, according to the national standthe ings, NSW’s cowboy Ben Maytom, was sensational. “Watching Maytom in action was worth the entry fee alone,” Casey said.
The crowd was up for fast times in the ladies open barrel event and Stacey McCarthy didn’t disappoint with a sizzling 18.3sec. run around the barrels, just a 10th of a second faster than her nearest rival Maddi Edwards.
In the team roping event, held earlier in the day, it was Duane Fuller who roped the calf’s horns and Mark Maxwell who lassoed the hoofs all in a time of 7.4sec. to claim the win.
Elise Croft, riding her horse, Chayse, was brilliant in the breakaway event in a winning time of 2.39sec.
The final event of the rodeo was second round of the open bull ride which gave top bragging rights to Jack Collins who scored 69 points to take the win.
Other earlier events included the rope and tie event which was won by Trey Gallacher.
Junior events included Kiara Edwards winning in the under-11 barrels, while Riley Jacklin was best in the under-14s and Madeleine Spanjuers won the under-18s.
Junior rough stock events included the under-14 steer ride in which Levi Metcalf won, while Courtney Reinke was best in the under-18s.
The largest entries of any one event was in the novice barrel race in which Kaycee Wilton won in a time of 19.1sec. against a field of 39 riders.
Harvey Dickson keeps a log on the fire to ensure rodeo fans enjoy the evening’s country music party.