Hard-riding cowgirl creates buzz

18:55, Feb 25 2013
Charlotte Elliot
Charlotte Elliot, 8, won the Sheep Ride
Sheep riding
Dangers of sheep riding
Tua Marina Rodeo
All dressed up for the rodeo
Tua Marina Rodeo Vintage Machinery Field Day
Tua Marina Rodeo Vintage Machinery Field Day
Mike Reedy
Shute boss Mike Reedy (centre) allocates riders to bulls
Libby Bent
Libby Bent in the barrel race
Libby Bent
Libby Bent in the barrel race
Barrel race
Barrel race
Will Wilding
Will Wilding bareback riding
James Pinnford.
James Pinnford bareback riding
Sheep riding
Sheep riding
Rodeo
Grand opening. Cowboy prayer
Rodeo
Grand opening
Hadley Johnson
Hadley Johnson, 18-months-old, surveys the scene from this old tractor.
Adele Harris and Daniel MacQueen
Adele Harris and Daniel MacQueen
Chris Nicolson
Chris Nicolson, bull ride
Adam Williams
Adam Williams
Libby Bent
Libby Bent
Jacinta Sheridan
Jacinta Sheridan

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".

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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.

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