THE Bull Riding lived up to its marquee status, but the Saddle Bronc event more than matched its bovine counterpart for thrills and spills during Friday nights second session of the Jupiters Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) National Finals Rodeo.120 of Australias best cowboys and cowgirls are competing in six Australian championship events at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach until Sunday.
Saddle Bronc rider Anthony Thomas from Calbar had one of the most spectacular dismounts of the night but walked away smiling and waving to the crowd.
He was not alone with plenty of his fellow riders finding themselves aboard similarly intolerant livestock.
Wantabadgerys Cody Angland defied the trend however to notch the highest-scoring saddled ride of the night while Ryan Gill from Upper Horton NSW and North MacLeans Fraser Babbington took the evenings honours in the Bull Riding with scores of 75 and 57 points respectively.
Friday nights results were:
1. Cody Angland 82 pts
2. Michael Maher 81 pts
3. Greg Hamilton 81 pts
4. Glen Kent 78 pts
1. Ryan Gill 75pts
2. Fraser Babbington 57pts
1. Lee Bowker 77pts
2. Cody Angland 77 pts
3. Darren Clarke 75 pts
4. Stuart Frame 73pts
1. Jarrod Deguara 3.9 sec
2. Shane Iker 4.35 sec
3. Terry Evison 4.65sec
4. Michael Stanley 5.15 sec
1. Robert McPhee/ Joel Lillyman 5.75 sec
2. Grant Hanrahan/ Ty Parkinson 7.6sec
3. Amber West/Gary Tielen 7.85 sec
4. Terry Evison/ Aaron Bookluck 9.0sec
1. Teneille Clifford 13.858sec
2. Stephanie Gard 14.130sec
3. Shianne ODonoghue-Kent 14.175sec
4. Amber McIntyre 14.263sec
5. Leanne Caban 14.263sec
Rodeo organiser Mick Ellison said Friday nights competition exceeded all expectations.
The livestock took no prisoners and the cowboys and cowgirls were as physically and mentally challenged as one would hope contenders for national crowns in one of the toughest sports on the planet might be, he said.
The rodeo runs each night until Sunday, with a matinee session at 1:00pm on Saturday afternoon which will be attended by Queensland Child Safety and Sport Minister Phil Reeves between 1:20pm and 1:45pm.
Tickets are now available at www.nfrgoldcoast.com.au, www.ticketek.com or at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre ticket office.
Rodeo supporters include Jupiters, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Jack Daniels, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Sunshine Ford, Australian Outback Spectacular, Variety Queensland, Tyrells Wines and Fourex Gold, Coast Tourism, Gold Coast City Council, 102.9 Hot Tomato, Gold Coast Bulletin, Broadbeach Alliance & Tourism Queensland.
For further information please contact:
Fresh Brew Event Coordinators
0414 755 305
07 5591 2556
0407 028 917