Rodeo goes to the ex­tremes

Countryman - - HARVEY DICKSON RODEO - Bob Gar­nant

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.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Har­vey Dick­son keeps a log on the fire to en­sure rodeo fans en­joy the evening’s coun­try mu­sic party.

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