Young cowboys a rodeo highlight
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.
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.
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