WHEN you're trying to cling to the back of a cranky beast that weighs nearly a tonne, a little bit of rain isn't going to bother you.
The weather for Saturday's annual Armidale Four Seasons Rodeo, which doubled as the ABCRA Australian Championships, resembled the wet season at times, but a big crowd still rolled in to see some of the best cowboys and girls compete across a full range of events.
The first public event of the day at the Armidale Showground was the first round of the novice bull ride and it was the bulls who claimed victory.
Only Upper Horton cowboy Jackson Gill succeeded in staying on for eight seconds.
The other competitors bit the dust before the siren sounded, including Armidale local Frank Carrigan (pictured left).
The junior events, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing and steer undecorating kept the crowd entertained before the bucking stock returned for the bronc events and the open bull ride in the evening.
Fans of bull riding are now looking forward to this Saturday's Professional Bull Riders event in Tamworth.
The PBR returns to the AELEC for another spectacular show, with Australian and international cowboys competing.
A few tickets are still available.