Rodeo ropes in audience

From left: Tyrell Metcalf and Chris Wilson in action at the junior rodeo.
From left: Tyrell Metcalf and Chris Wilson in action at the junior rodeo.

The Junior Rodeo is an important event for young riders, giving them the chance to compete and learn new skills in their sport and the first event of the season attracted record numbers.

The day began with breakaway roping, with Luke Parkinson of NSW taking home all the money.

WA barrel racers had a job to do against the visiting kids, with the U11 won by Hunta Gallacher of Muchea, with KC Flannagan of Queensland a close second. U14 was won by Newman girl Aneeka Romchi Cousins, with Luke Parkinson of NSW second and Jack Collins of Muchea third.

Junior rodeo organiser Julie Collins said she was pleased with the day and the fact that new people attended.

‘After a week of rain we jagged a beautiful day and had a record number of kids entered,’ she said.

‘We even had eastern states kids who flew over to compete for points towards their Australian titles.

‘The U18 barrels was won by unstoppable local girl Taya Hill, with Meekatharra girl Janine Mongoo a close second.

‘The barrels, bending and dummy roping events brought kids out of the woodworks with every age group giving it a go. Our youngest competitor was Coby McCarthy, who was only 2 years old.’

Ms Collins said a big thank you went to sponsors Bill and Kath Barrett, with Bill travelling down from their station up north to support his sponsored event.

‘Our older juniors (18-21) put on a show, with Ash Black taking home the jackpot in the breakaway roping and Ariana Varishetti making her trip up from down south worthwhile, wining the barrel race and bending race,’ she said.

Young Reece Jasper showed the older boys how it’s done by winning the bareback and John Turner placing second.

Ash Black then added to his pot by winning the jackpot bull ride.

The next junior rodeo will be held over summer, with dates to be confirmed. For more information about junior rodeo, call Ms Collins on 9571 4061.