Canterbury Rodeo a dusty delight

22:32, Jan 04 2014
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
CLOSE ATTENTION: Alessandra Morrison, 11, of Kaiapoi takes photos of the action.
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
STUCK: Chris Nicolson tries to free his hand after coming off a bull.
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Cor Vlaanderen falls from a bull.
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
IN THE MOOD: Cowboy hats aplenty in the Mandeville crowd.
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
OUCH: Bull rider Jono Reed comes off.
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
NOT JUST FOR THE BLOKES: Rider Kate Fisher impresses.
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
TEAM ROPING: Murray MacMillan and Ginny Nelson at work.
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
FACE FIRST: Ross Dowling lands in the dirt.
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
NO HARM DONE: Ross Dowling brushes himself off.
Canterbury Rodeo 2014 - Mandeville
HANGING ON: Bareback rider Scott Graham

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.

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