ROUGH RIDE

Narrogin Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Bob Gar­nant

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.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Ger­ard Oversby

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