Young gun wins rookie ride
THE bucking beasts weren't the only ones getting a kick out of Friday night's action.
It was the turn of the next generation of rodeo stars, with round three of the Paul Archer The Good Guys Series at the Great Western's Nissan Navara Arena.
Stock contractor and rodeo organiser Brian Duggan said the event produced its normal amount of good performances, hard luck stories and occasional bumps and bruises, as cowboys and girls set out to win one of the coveted buckles that are presented at the conclusion of the series.
The series continues to be a good starting point for many youngsters wishing to succeed in the tough sport of rodeo.
Many new names come to the fore as riders benefit from the opportunities offered by the series by putting together strong performances.
Cawarral cowboy Shane McDonald was one who impressed in winning the rookie bull ride.
"He has won a few rodeos in previous competitions but this was his first win in the 2012 Young Guns series," Duggan said.
"It was a good ride on a fast-spinning bull called Yellow Terror."
For McDonald, the misfortune of hitting the dirt shortly after the eight-second bell sounded was a nasty moment for the young rider.
"As he came off the bull, he landed funny," Duggan said.
"Turns out he broke his wrist."
Duggan said New Zealand cowboy Russell Haste also proved to be very impressive with his style of riding, scoring just one point less than McDonald.
Also getting an eight-second ride and points on the board was rookie rider Mitchell Powers, who placed third in round three of the competition.
In the steer ride, it was Rockhampton Grammar School's Sam Spencer who took an early lead in the race for series points.
The poddy ride was a triumph for Ambrose Masefield, who showed his ability as some of the regular winners faltered.
"The kids' riding was unreal," Duggan said. "It was great to see a reasonable crowd come along to support the young blokes."
In the horse divisions, there were also some good displays, although cowboys found the going particularly difficult in the saddle bronc ride.
Dylan Kime gained the winning score in the saddle bronc while New Zealand's Ben Webb set the pace in the bareback section.
"We have a lot of new riders in the competition this season, with most of them coming from New Zealand, Duggan said.
"Rocky is very well known for its bull riding, so it's great to see boys travelling to base themselves out of this area."
Rookie Bull Ride - Shane McDonald
Steer Ride - Sam Spencer
Saddle Bronc - Dylan Kime
Bareback - Ben Webb
Poddy Ride - Ambrose Masefield