Rocking rodeo fun

Rodeo time: Young cowgirls Jess Hahn (left) from St Kitts, Vic. and Caitlin Mitchell from Eudunda were at the Wilmington Rodeo. Photo: John Mannion.

Rodeo time: Young cowgirls Jess Hahn (left) from St Kitts, Vic. and Caitlin Mitchell from Eudunda were at the Wilmington Rodeo. Photo: John Mannion.

Officially opened by Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan the 54th Annual Wilmington Rodeo was held in perfect conditions on Saturday.

It was rodeo action aplenty with 2,500 patrons around the arena witnessing a well-run event at both ends of the grounds

Mr van Holst Pellekaan spoke of the positive aspects of rodeos and the ongoing contribution of finances to local communities and charities.

After the grand entry, announcer Jim Willoughby introduced two old cowboys, Tom Bruce and Ron Woodall who paid homage to the late cowboy and rodeo pick-up man Kym Francis who originated from Quorn.

Kym rodeo'd at Wilmington during the 1960s and '70s and travelled the rodeo road with Tom and Ron.

Highlights included local cowboy Cody Fraser runner-up in the second Division Bull Ride with a 69-point ride behind Kade Griffiths on 72.

Kapunda cowgirl Renae Pearson won the Ladies Break Away Roping with a time of 3.35 seconds.

Cody Ireland took out the Open Saddle Bronc on the Woodall horse, Black Foot with a score of 78 points.

Victorian cowboy Terry Evison enjoyed his night out with a first in the Rope and Tie (3.65 seconds), first in the Steer Wrestling (3.75 seconds), and heading a steer in the Team Roping (3.65 seconds).

Terry's life-partner Leslie Moore contributed to fuel bill taking out the Barrel Race with a time of 17.61 seconds, but had to be content with second money in the Ladies Break Away Roping with a time of 3.65 seconds.

Patrick Webster from Murray Bridge took out the Bare Back with a 61-point ride on the Carrieton horse Beyond Blue, while young Carrieton cowboy, Matthew Tapscott picked up the cheque in the Poley Saddle Buck Jump.

Webster's win followed a win in the Open Bare Back at Peterborough a week earlier.

Unfortunately the young cowboy was injured on both occasions with a spell in hospital after his Wilmington injuries.

Fortunately the injuries were not life-threatening.

In the Open Bull Ride, the Woodall bulls proved too good for the would-be bull riders, with no scores on the board.

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