Crowds down but action was high
QUEENSLAND cowboy Martin Carlo was riding ahead of the herd on Saturday when he took top spot in the open bull ride at the Tyalgum Rodeo.
The 24-year-old rodeo star walked away with the lion’s share of the prizemoney, outlasting fellow cowboys Tim McArthur and Damian Clarke.
In another impressive ride Bevan Brown took out the bareback title ahead of Dinny Moran and Quinton Jurd, while Lane Heaton scooped up the gold in the poddy ride.
Mark Collins outrode 21 other competitors to win the saddle ride, with David Mawhinney in second spot and Ian Collins and Quinton Jurd sharing third.
Former National Rodeo Association champion and Tyalgum local Robyn Donoghue had an unfortunate disqualification from the open barrel race due to striking; the veteran campdrafter not up with rule changes brought in since her days on the professional circuit in the early ’90s.
“I didn’t know that you couldn’t whip a horse more than twice in the race,” she said.
“I would have placed third if I hadn’t been disqualified.”
Although crowd numbers were down, Tyalgum Diggers Sports Association president Joan Eccleshare said the riders assured the event remained a great success.
“We had to change the date this year as it clashed with a rodeo in Alstonville, but the community still came out to support us,” she said.
The Murwillumbah Rodeo is on at the Murwillumbah showgrounds this Friday at 6pm.