Canterbury Rodeo a dusty delight

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Cor Vlaanderen falls from a bull.
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Cor Vlaanderen falls from a bull.
FACE FIRST: Ross Dowling lands in the dirt.
FACE FIRST: Ross Dowling lands in the dirt.
NO HARM DONE: Ross Dowling brushes himself off.
NO HARM DONE: Ross Dowling brushes himself off.
HANGING ON: Bareback rider Scott Graham
HANGING ON: Bareback rider Scott Graham
TEAM ROPING: Murray MacMillan and Ginny Nelson at work.
TEAM ROPING: Murray MacMillan and Ginny Nelson at work.
NOT JUST FOR THE BLOKES: Rider Kate Fisher impresses.
NOT JUST FOR THE BLOKES: Rider Kate Fisher impresses.
CLOSE ATTENTION: Alessandra Morrison, 11, of Kaiapoi takes photos of the action.
CLOSE ATTENTION: Alessandra Morrison, 11, of Kaiapoi takes photos of the action.
STUCK: Chris Nicolson tries to free his hand after coming off a bull.
STUCK: Chris Nicolson tries to free his hand after coming off a bull.
IN THE MOOD: Cowboy hats aplenty in the Mandeville crowd.
IN THE MOOD: Cowboy hats aplenty in the Mandeville crowd.
OUCH: Bull rider Jono Reed comes off.
OUCH: Bull rider Jono Reed comes off.

There were spills aplenty in Mandeville as riders battled their four-legged beasts to stay upright.

Warm weather brought a strong crowd to this year's Canterbury Rodeo, many in traditional cowboy hats.

By contrast many of the riders now wear protective helmets to guard against injury during the countless hard landings.

The rodeo included a range of challenges from bareback horse riding, bull and sheep riding, and roping.

The Press