Tilley rides rodeo high
Augathella Diggers’ Association Easter rodeo draws rider, crowds
RODEO: The Augathella Diggers’ Association Easter rodeo drew eager horseman and dare-devil bull riders into town on Saturday to kickstart Easter celebrations.
With a 24 event program, the rodeo catered for all ages from junior barrel races and steer rides to ladies open barrels and open bull rides.
There wasn’t an event there that didn’t guarantee to keep the audience entertained.
In the open saddle ride Roma’s AJ Riley took out first place, followed by Wade Seeds and Charleville’s Jim Hancock securing third.
Juvenile saddle/bareback winner, Ross Tilley stepped up to the shoot and took on the open bareback ride, coming in at second behind Ben Walsh.
Cameron Dixon was the only competitor to make the gruelling eight second ride in the open bull section and Tyson Burke was also the only rider to make time in the novice bull ride.
In a close tale of events, the juvenile bull ride had many eager riders take on the bulls.
Ross Tilley walked away with another win under his belt, followed by Matty Parton, Ben Champman and Matt Delforce and Ben Moran tying for fourth.
AJ Riley was proving to be a hard man to beat on the day and took out the open steer ride.
Damien Brennan placed second and Dillon Burke came in at third.
The ladies stepped up to the arena on the day, clocking speedy times in the barrel races.
In the novice barrels Jane Clarke was the quickest around the three barrels and Tracey Porter won the ladies’ barrels event.
RODEO ACTION: April Foxlee competing in the juvenile breakaway event.