Michael Robinson, of Kyogle, competes in the Novice Bull ride at Mallanganee on Saturday.
Michael Robinson, of Kyogle, competes in the Novice Bull ride at Mallanganee on Saturday. Diane Essery

Rodeo riders get plenty of air

MALLANGANEE hosted the latest round of the Australian National Rodeo Championship on Saturday at their third annual Village Festival and Bull ride.

The spectacular autumn weather saw patrons making good use of the nearby Mallanganee Hotel while the kids took advantage of the water pistol stall staging continuous shootouts throughout the day.

About 400 spectators turned up to watch 80 riders compete.

Andrew Achilles took out the open bull ride and Donald Hilton picked up the novice bull ride.

Robert Hicks and Joshua Lock walked away with the junior bull ride while Billy McCormick took out the junior steer ride.

Caleb Wilson won the local poddy event.

Local rider Chris Whitney was virtually launched into orbit with locals convinced they’d be pulling him out of the trees.



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