LAST Friday night the small town of Guyra came to life when our ABCRA cowboys rolled into town ready to show the crowd what rodeo is all about. The Guyra Committee ran an evening of action-packed rough stock riding.
After being out of action for a while due to injury local Attunga cowboy Jesse Glass came back with a bang, winning the Novice Bull Ride with an excellent score of 75 from the judges, followed by another Tamworth local Daniel Rogan in second place with a score of 68.
Armidale’s Lindsay Frizell made a great ride in the Open Bull Ride aboard Dan Klabe’s Bull Sweet Talker scoring 73 points which earnt him first place. Second place went to Charlie Colless on another Bull of Dan’s, Dark Knight, scoring 68 points for his efforts.
There was some great competition in the Open Saddle Bronc with Walcha cowboy Carl Green making it to the 8-second bell, taking out first place with a score of 77, riding No Name. Tamworth cowboy Brent Smyth came in at a very close second with a score of 76, aboard Ariat.
Blake Pine put together a crowd pleasing ride in the Open Bareback on-board Batern Down scoring a 68 to take top honours in the event and being the only cowboy to make a qualified ride in the event. This wrapped up Guyra’s evening of rough stock action, most cowboys then made the journey to Sydney for Saturday’s Real Deal Rodeo at Windsor. Real Deal Rodeo kicked started at 3.30pm Saturday afternoon, with a great crowd whom settled in to watch the Rodeo. The hottest event for the day was the Team Roping, Warren Norton wasted absolutely no time turning his steer off for partner Luke Parkinson; the due came up with a sizzling 9.77 second run to win the event. Warren then went on to win the Steer Wrestling in a time of 5.30.
In the Open Bareback, the winner’s cheque was handed to Gunnedah cowboy Wade Clifford who rode Rick Wilson’s horse Red Robin for 75 points. Attunga cowboy Luke Morgan won the Open Saddle Bronc on TRC Burra Road with a score of 73 points. In the Open Bull Ride Troy Burtenshaw was first to the pay window with his impressive ride on Little Slinger to score an 84 from the judges.
Bradie Gray wrapped up the Novice Bull Ride with a very entertaining ride, to score an healthy 83 points from the judges. Danielle Wilson riding her horse Des took out the Novice Barrel event in 16.32 seconds.