A day at the rodeo — results and photos from the 2020 Kalgan Stampede

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The crowd watches the women's barrel racing.
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A thousands-strong crowd converged on the Kalgan River Caravan Park on Sunday for a day of thrills and spills at the Kalgan Stampede.

Organiser Tom Kennedy said last week’s rodeo would have been his last if it failed, but a strong turnout had encouraged him to go again in 2021.

A bull rider struggling to hang on at the Kalgan Stampede.
Camera IconA bull rider struggling to hang on at the Kalgan Stampede. Credit: Liam Croy

He said he was impressed with the patience of the spectators who had to comply with COVID-19 precautions.

Roping, wrestling and barrel racing events provided some variety in between the bull and bronc riding rounds.

The steer roping event.
Camera IconThe steer roping event. Credit: Liam Croy / Albany Advertiser

Live music kept the crowd entertained later in the night.

“It’s an adrenaline rush for the riders,” Mr Kennedy said.

A bronc in full flight.
Camera IconA bronc in full flight.

“Once they do it once, it’s hard for them to stop. They just want to have another go.

“It’s like a big-wave surfer, there’s a certain rush there you can’t describe.”

Albany boy Jesse Thon, 9, tests his skills.
Camera IconAlbany boy Jesse Thon, 9, tests his skills. Credit: Liam Croy / Albany Advertiser

Mr Kennedy and his beloved Brahman bull Bruce even took centre stage.

“Brucey Brahman behaved himself all day, although he bucked me off in the arena,” he said.

Rider Zach Kealy and his horse Koda with Sasha, 6, Durayne, 2, and Shona Holland.
Camera IconRider Zach Kealy and his horse Koda with Sasha, 6, Durayne, 2, and Shona Holland. Credit: Liam Croy / Albany Advertiser

RESULTS

Bull riding — Wade McCarthy on Turbo (77 points)

Bareback bronc — Wade McCarthy on Free Fall (72 points)

Saddle bronc — Nick Forrester on Hot Legs (71 points)

Steer wrestling — Regan Langridge on Foxton Temptation (24.43 seconds)

Steer undecorating — Georgina Crawford on Dinky (1.81 seconds)

Rope and tie — Laurence Oversby on Fluer (15.09 seconds)

Team roping — Maverick De Burgh on Jack (8.13 seconds)

Breakaway roping — Amanda Oversby on Fluer (3.83 seconds)

Ladies barrel race — Wendy Harris on Bindi (16.84 seconds)

Novice barrel race — Justine Lavis on Shadow (16.26 seconds)

Novice bull riding — Darcy Hicks (67 points)

Under-18 steer riding — No winner

Under-18 barrel race — Brianna Maxwell on Aussie (16.03 seconds)

Under-18 breakaway roping — No winner

Under-14 steer riding — Dakota Watts (48 points)

Under-14 barrel race — Dakota Watts on Seeker (17.34 seconds)

Under-11 steer riding — Coby McCarthy (49 points)

Under-11 barrel race — Kaylee Jeffery on Applejack (17.99 seconds)

A saddle bronc competitor comes out of the gates.
Camera IconA saddle bronc competitor comes out of the gates. Credit: Liam Croy
A bull gets the better of a rider.
Camera IconA bull gets the better of a rider. Credit: Liam Croy / Albany Advertiser
Some riders left the arena looking a little stiff.
Camera IconSome riders left the arena looking a little stiff.
Attendance was limited to 3500 people because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Camera IconAttendance was limited to 3500 people because of COVID-19 restrictions. Credit: Liam Croy
Waiting for the next round.
Camera IconWaiting for the next round. Credit: Liam Croy / Albany Advertiser

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