Rodney Times : January 11th 2011
7 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 11, 2011 NEWS Rodeo for the bulls Exit stage left: Bulls 10, riders 8. Photos: DAVID TATE Sheep race: The running of the sheep Warkworth-style. Barrelling along: A rider and horse skilfully negotiate drums in the barrel riding event. Bucking bronc: It's a balancing act as the rider tries to stay in the saddle. Hooves and cowboy hats were flying at the 51st Warkworth Rodeo on January 1. About 4000 people watched cowboys and cowgirls from through- out the North Island showing their skills in the bareback and saddle bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding at the Warkworth Show- grounds. The Warkworth Rodeo Club tried several new horses acquired during the winter, and they didn't disappoint with top riders praising their performance. Warkworth bulls were the winners on the day, bucking off 10 of the 18 riders. It was a lean day for many without a trip to the pay window, but rider David Fletcher made money in the open saddle ride, coming fourth. Local team roper Len Mackey and his partner took third place money in their event. A special feature was a presentation by the club of a trophy buckle to for- mer bullfighter Dougal Cox, visiting from Aust- ralia. During the 1980s Dou- gal saved many bull riders at the Warkworth Rodeo. The buckle was a replacement for one lost in a fire some years ago. The committee says it was heartened to have its hard work ac- knowledged by cowboys and members of the pub- lic on the day. The club thanks sponsors and hopes their support will continue so another great day of fam- ily entertainment can be provided next January.
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