It was a rough day for the riders at the Boddington Rodeo. Held on Saturday, the annual event drew rodeo competitors from across the country. WA teenage cowboy Jack Collins, pictured, finished third in the saddle bronc category. In the open bull, he was the only competitor who managed to stay seated for a full eight seconds.
The athletic bucking bulls had it over the rough-stock riders at the Boddington Rodeo, with only one competitor, from 22 Open Bull entries, scoring an eight-second ride to earn points from the judges.
A crowd of rodeo fans showed their appreciation all day and were rewarded with thrills and spills.
The annual Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association event, held on Saturday during the Boddington agricultural show, brought rodeo competitors from across the country.
Muchea cowboy Jack Collins, who turned 18 in September, said he didn’t like being the only open bull rider to make time for the win.
“I competed with some of Australia’s best bull riders, but with all respects to the talented bulls, sometimes they are just too good,” he said. Collins, mentored by his father, Mick Collins, a former rough stock rider, said he started riding poddy calves as a 10-year-old.
“Added to my father’s coaching, I will be taking up a scholarship at a rodeo college in Texas next year in hopes of competing in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the US,” he said.
Returning to Boddington were NSW’s competitors Gerard Oversby, Heath Nichols and Jock Bone Langdon who placed first, second and third, respectively, as of October 31, on the ABCRA ALL Round Cowboy rider point list. Collins was in seventh on this list before his win. Oversby, continued his uncatchable ALL Round points lead winning the bareback event.