An uncertain sport
Rodeo is an uncertain sport and you never know what might happen.
Just ask Queenstown rider Will Wilding, who after an ''okay year last year'' had a mixed day at the Millers Flat rodeo today.
His first mount in the second division saddle bronc was reluctant to leave the chute and then lay down in the arena necessitating a re-ride.
Second time out it was a quiet start before the horse decided what it was all about and began bucking.
The hooter went but he continued to hang on and managed to score a credible winning 50 points before being tossed into the fence.
Organisers were pleased the heat of Christmas Day had moderated somewhat and today was a cool, pleasant day for the smaller than usual crowd at the 49th annual rodeo.
Millers Flat is the first of the Christmas circuit rodeos, with competitors heading for Waimate tomorrow.
The Southland Times