THE calibre of bucking stock being produced by contractors now was evident at Bendemeer Rodeo on Saturday night where only two riders remained seated for the required eight seconds.
But wowing the crowd in basically his comeback to the gruelling sport was Tamworth real estate sales agent Riley Gibson with a 77-point ride on Ugly Kid Joe.
He came away with the winner’s cheque over Barraba cowboy Chris Lowe with 74.
Gibson hopes to “do heaps more rodeos” this year.
“As a teenager – 17, 18 and 19 – I travelled a fair bit on the professional US, Canada and New Zealand circuits,” he said.
“I didn’t win anything major but did get a couple of Pro Rodeo Association wins.”
For the past six years, the 25-year-old has been putting a lot of time into his profession, leaving time only for “a handful of rodeos each year and a bit of league with the Walcha Roos”.
“But I’ll be doing heaps more this year,” he said.
“And I like Bendy Rodeo, always have.
“I’ve travelled to a fair few countries and seen a fair bit, and it’s one of the better events on our ABCRA circuit.
“It’s well run and they seem to know a fair bit about what they’re doing up there.”