Young cowboys a rodeo highlight

21:48, Dec 30 2013
Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins go Gore in the Rope and Tie at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.
Warren Nichol
Warren Nichol holds on tight during the Steer Wrestling at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.
Libby Bent
Libby Bent of Christchurch is full concentration during the 2nd Div Barrel race at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.
Rachel Turner
Ten year old Rachel Turner, of Mossburn, holds on tight as she rides a strong ewe at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.
Caleb Honiss
Caleb Honiss, formally from Te Anau, now from Amberley rides a strong saddle bronc at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.
Paul Bowater
Paul Bowater of Christchurch escapes to safety at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.
Alana Nichol
Alana Nichol, of Lawrence, must be thinking " That is not the way to ride a Barrel Race" at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.
John Hurst
John Hurst, from Darfield, comes to grief in the 2nd division Bull ride at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.

They saddled up despite the rain and put on a show for more than 1500 spectators.

The Te Anau Rodeo rolled into town yesterday, with crowds pouring in when the rain eased in the afternoon.

Te Anau rodeo president Sandy Tee said the event was a success despite the off-putting weather in the morning.

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Ten year old Rachel Turner, of Mossburn, holds on tight as she rides a strong ewe at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.

More than 170 competitors took to the ring throughout the day, finishing with the bull riding yesterday evening.

While the rain may have dampened the spectators in the morning, it didn't affect the rodeo ground, with conditions excellent for the riders, Mr Tee said.

There were some highly skilled riders who showed off their skills, but the highlight was the young cowboys who were the up-and-coming riders of the sport, he said.

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Anthony Perkins, of Gore, in the Rope and Tie at the 46th annual Te Anau Rodeo.

Teenager Libby Bent shone through the field, he said.

The Tai Tapu teen was the only girl competing in the second division steer bulls riding competition at the rodeo and just missed out on a placing, Mr Tee said.

Her display of talent was promising for the sport, he said.

The event went off without a glitch yesterday, with no major injuries recorded during the day, apart from the usual bumps and bruises, he said.

"All the animals performed well for the cowboys."

The day was a huge success for the club which had been concerned about spectator turnout because of the forecast.

"It was very successful for our club which is only small, we had a great run and a good crowd overall."

The Wanaka Rodeo will be held on January 2, followed by the Lawrence Rodeo on February 2, Mataura Rodeo on February 8, Southland Rodeo on February 9 and the National Finals Rodeo being held in Wanaka on March 8 and 9.

 

The Southland Times