Rough rider does it easy at home
EUNGELLA cowboy Anthony Haigh secured a home-ground victory with a stunning ride in the bareback bronc competition at Saturday night's Cabarita rodeo.
Haigh's score of 73.5 took him to victory in front of a crowd of more than 5000 people at the Cabarita Equestrian Grounds, Round Mountain.
Woodford rider Dale Jones won the showpiece event, the open bull competition with a score of 80. He then lost a shootout between the night's top four bull riders to Gatton's Wade Berwick, who had finished fourth in the regular competition.
Cabarita Horseman's Association publicity officer Judy Cartwright said organisers were "delighted" with the turnout.
Cartwright said although there were some outstanding rides on the night, the livestock were the big winners.
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From back page Only four cowboys rode the required eight seconds to reg-ister a score in the open bull ride.
"The rodeo was well supported by the community," Cartwright said.
"We well exceeded the 4000 people we were hoping for.
"I would say there was between 5000 and 6000 people there."
She said Haigh's ride was just one of the highlights.
"Anthony has won rookie of the year and a whole list of major titles, but it was great to see him perform so well at his home ground.
"He started with the pony club in his young days and progressed to rodeo when he was 16."
Rosewood barrel racer Katie Upton upstaged her older sisters when she rode to victory in a time of 14.92 seconds in the open competition.
Her sister Elissa finished fourth in the field of 19, and the older sister, Karen (who was featured in Saturday's Daily News), finished outside of the placegetters after knocking one of the barrels over and incurring a five-second penalty.
Other winners on the night included: Matthew Bunn, of Maidenwell, who won the novice bull ride; Reece Weller, of Brisbane, who won the junior bull ride; James O'Toole, of Kingaroy, who won the saddle back ride and Biance Weier, of Warwick, who won the junior barrel race.