Spills, thrills and big bucks in ring
New Zealand’s top rodeo riders were on show at the Mid Northern Rodeo over two days at the weekend. Some of the best bucking broncs and bulls in the business made sure competitors didn’t get an easy ride. Photographer Michael Cunningham was there.
Protesters outside the Mid Northern Rodeo in Whanga¯ rei.
Havelock North cowboy Ross Dowling hangs on in the open saddle bronc ride.
Right: Tate Macdonald, from Athol, takes a laidback approach to his bronc riding
Left: Aaron Church Jnr, leaps off his mount to wrestle a steer.
Corey Church, from Rotorua, manages to get a hand on a steer during his crack at the steer wrestling event.
Arthur Shaw, from Amberley, gets a tough ride in the bareback bronc competition.
Kamo’s Ken Massey is a committee member for the Mid Northern Rodeo.
National secretary Dianna Bradshaw keeps the show on the road.