Bulls defeat cowboys
By MURRAY SIMPSON
THE bulls and broncs made mincemeat of cowboys at the Cabarita rodeo on Saturday.
The feisty stock were in such good form very few riders managed to stay the wild eight-second distance - those who did were virtually assured of a placing.
The open bull ride was won by visiting American Clint Solomon from Montana.
He was in Australia visiting girlfriend Casey Clark who came fourth in the open barrel run.
"The bull was hopping and skipping and trying to jerk me down," said a relieved Solomon after his ride.
Solomon said he was pleased with his Cabarita win as he had failed to score at the Byron Bay rodeo the previous night.
In the novice bull ride it was game, set and match to the bulls where not one of the 16 cowboys lasted the distance to score.
The junior bull ride went to Jared Borghero of Beaudesert, a year 11 student and apprentice farrier.
"I was happy to draw such a good bull," he said.
"It chopped and changed and and kicked out a few times. It was a great ride."
Jared won the event despite fracturing an ankle at the Byron Bay rodeo on Friday night.
The saddle bronc was won by Caboolture rider Danny O'Sullivan. He was only one of three riders to stay in the saddle long enough to score in a field of 17 contenders.
O'Sullivan won on a black mare called Hokus Pokus.
The bareback event went to Heath Wallace aboard a bay warmblood gelding called Late Night.
He won ahead of local club rider Anthony Haig.
"Anthony had a fantastic ride but didn't quite score the points to take first," said rodeo publicity officer Judy Cartwright.
Again only three riders managed to hang on long enough to score.
Meanwhile the novice and open barrel races went to 13-year-old Bianca Weier from Killarney who is a hot contender for the 2006 open barrel race champion title.
And in the local junior poddy calf ride Casey Ward came first with Jamie Quinn second.
"The event gave 15 boys and girls a taste of real rodeo action," said Ms Cartwright.
But the star of the show was a bucking bull named Spiderman who remained unconquered and unrepentant by the end of the night.
The five-year-old Brahman-cross has only been ridden successfully once in 50 rodeo appearances.