THE COMPETITION was tough at Alstonville Rodeo on Saturday but the landings were mercifully soft following a week’s rain.
Still, most riders were only lucky enough to take home a taste of the plateau’s famous red soil as some of the region’s best riders tussled for top spot at the National Rodeo Association’s competition.
Wayne Richardson of Casino took out the open bull ride, walking away with the $3000 prize, while Mark Doman, also of Casino took out the novice bull ride picking up maximum points and $1000.
Alstonville Rodeo Committee president Tony Rippon was smiling from ear to ear as the weather held off for the annual event.
“The rain through the week has been perfect and it’s clear for today,” he said.
“It’s looking really good. WE have top quality riders from throughout south-east Queensland and northern NSW.”
Local hopeful, Jayden Sims, wowed the crowd with his sticking ability though he confessed his technique came down to just ‘staying on the bastard’.
“I haven’t been hurt yet but you might want to check back with me at the end of the night,” he grinned.
The 19-year-old apprentice butcher has been bull riding for about three years and often ponders the possibility of going professional.
“I get to as many events as I can which is only about 12 a year. Some of these blokes do a lot more,” he said.
“It’s a bit hard to get away from work, but the beauty of being a butcher means if I can’t ride ‘em I can cut ‘em up,” he quipped.
Jayden picked up the rodeo bug from his dad who breaks in horses.
“He flipped a horse doing track work last year and broke his leg,” he said. “Mum wasn’t too happy when I started but she got used to it.”