SOUTH Australian cowboy Tom Willoughby will be the busiest rider at the December 29 OZ Minerals Carrieton Rodeo from 6.30pm.
Willoughby competed in three events at this year’s national finals and is already eyeing off finals spots in five events in the new season.
He regularly competes in the bareback bronc ride, bull ride, rope and tie, steer wrestling and team roping.
As well as being one of the cowboys competing at Carrieton in South Australia, Willoughby is one of the protection clowns, tough men who attract the bulls attention to themselves rather than the cowboys. The December 29 rodeo will be the second time Willougby has been a protection clown at Carrieton.
This year, Willoughby has done some stunt work for a movie in the Northern Territory.
Miss Rodeo Australia Ashleigh Grant will be a special guest at the Carrieton Rodeo. There will be a live action replay screen on the grounds.
Carrieton Rodeo Committee secretary Glyn Shackleford said a trick rider from Owen in South Australia would perform after the grand entry and then at the end of the barrel race in the middle of the rodeo.
Sixteen-year-old Danya Bradshaw performs under the name of Trick Rider with Wings.
“I am happy with the nominations for Carrieton,” rodeo committee secretary Glyn Shackleford said.
“There will be some riders coming to Carrieton after competing at the Yarrawonga rodeo in Victoria,” he said.
Carrieton rider Matt Tapscott, 18, has nominated for the second-division saddle bronc and bareback bronc rides after winning some junior steer rides and second-division events.
Michael Keough from Hawker in South Australia has nominated in the open saddle bronc.
Ron Woodall is the bucking bull contractor for Carrieton and will also bring some horses to the rodeo.
Most of the second division and some of the open bucking horses at Carrieton are owned by the rodeo committee and have been run during the year on properties owned by Terry Williams and the Williams Cattle Company.
It is rare now for committees to have bucking stock with most using contractors for all their stock.
Some of the closest times could be in cowgirl events.
Candy Michaelis from Lewiston in South Australia won the APRA barrel racing title this year and will be the short-priced favourite at Carrieton.
This year, Amanda Tielan from South Australia won the all around cowgirl title at Mt Isa in August so will be a rider to watch. Jenny Heath from Freeling is a regular to compete in cowgirl events at South Australian rodeos.
More information from Shackleford on 0409 690 897