Hard-riding cowgirl creates buzz
Sixteen-year-old cowgirl Libby Bent was the talk of the Tuamarina Vintage Farm Machinery Field Day yesterday.
The plucky Lincoln High School pupil won the Rose Bowl for top female rider of the day, and beat some of the men to second place in the junior steer ride and the second-division bull ride.
Libby has competed in 16 rodeos in the South Island this season, and was pleased to rank highly among her male counterparts.
She has grown up riding horses, and first competed at a rodeo last year, after her father bet her $100 to give it a go.
"I did it first as a challenge, but now I'm addicted to the adrenaline rush," she said. About 2500 spectators of all ages attended the rodeo, which is the main fundraiser for several Tua Marina organisations including Tuamarina School and the Tuamarina Residents' Association.
Seddon twins Patrick and Vincent Redwood, 24, decided to have a crack at the bull and horse riding competitions a few weeks ago, "after a couple of drinks".
Despite the last-minute decision Patrick, who operates a horse training business in Seddon, took first place in the second-division steer and bull ride.
Tuamarina Rodeo Association president Grant Sheridan said it had been another successful event, despite visitor numbers being slightly down from 3000 last year.
"It's all gone well, the weather's good, the crowd's good and the animals have all put on a good show too," he said.