Competitors in action during the team roping event. Image: Lynne Mowbray.

Sun shines on Lawrence Rodeo

Lynne Mowbray|

It was perfect weather for the running of the annual Lawrence Twilight Rodeo which was held at the Maclean Showground, on Saturday December 28.

The feature event at the 2019 rodeo was the Want’s Construction’s, ‘winner takes all – chute out’, where the top eight competitors in the open bull ride, battled it out for the $2000 prize.

The winner’s cheque had to be shared after Jack McArthur and Breese Flocchini took out equal first place.

The introduction this year of mini bulls for junior bull riding competitors, was a crowd pleaser, with keen young bull riders competing in two categories – 8 – 11 year-olds and 11 – 14 year-olds.

President of the Lawrence Rodeo committee Bruce Green said competitor numbers were down this year due to the effects of the drought.

“We know fellows from the Tamworth area were coming over, but they pulled out because they’re feeding and watering cattle,” Mr Green said.

“Although our competitor numbers were down in some areas, we were up in junior competitors.

“Putting the mini bull ride on for the first time brought in a heap of nominations.

“It’s a real hit with the kids – this new mini bull riding. It’s good.

“In the end we still had a good crowd and a good night.

“I just want to thank all the sponsors and volunteers who get behind us.

“Without the sponsors and your volunteers who come in and help us run it on the night – you’d have no show,” he said.   

Lawrence Rodeo results 2019

Top 8 $2000 chute out
Equal first with 78 points Jack McArthur and Breese Flocchini.

Open bulls
Out of the 24 open bulls competitors it was the bulls that come out on top with none of the open bull riders make time.

The saddle bronc’s also proved too good for the riders with non of the four bronc riders making time.

Steer undecorating
1st Sallie Pilgram with the time of 1.75.

Ladies breakaway
1st Cheyenne Whitwell time of 2.27.

U11 barrel race
1st Frankie Ward time of 15.73.

Steer wrestling
1st Glenn Lefoe (The Red Stallion) time of 3.96.

Mini bulls 8-U11
1st Clay Egan score of 70.

Mini bulls 11-u14
1st Levi Ward score of 76.

Novice bullride
1st Christopher Wilson score of 73; equal 2nd Braith Nock and Brendon Kelly score of 69. 

1st Travis Wheatley score of 75.

8-U11 junior steer
1st Toby Wilton score of 64.

Junior breakaway
1st Bobbi Ward time of 4.61.

11-U14 steer ride
1st Jerone Andrews score 73.

Team roper
Header 1st Clay Gall; Heeler 1st Roger Parkinson.

14-U18 juvenile barrel race
1st Bobbi Ward.

14-U18 steer ride
1st Darcey Weber.

Ladies barrel race
1st Katina Matthews time 15.61; 2nd Brianna Birks time 15.81; 3rd Kate Patch time 15.93.

Junior bulls
1st Bradley Wheeler score 80; 2nd Arren Bulmer score 73; 3rd Khan Roberts score 68.

The first round of the open bull ride event. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
The ladies breakaway event – round 1. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
Saddle bronc ride. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
Bareback rider Travis Wheatley took out the bareback ride with a score of 75. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
Sallie Pilgrim took out the steer undecorating event with a time of 1.75. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
Wearing two hats: This young cowboy was keeping watch of his mate’s hat while videoing him preparing for his junior bull ride. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
One of the young competitors in the mini bull riding 8 – U11 year’s eventOne of the young competitors in the mini bull riding 8 – U11 year’s event. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
This young cowboy’s cheeky grin summed up his ride. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
One of the competitors in the ladies barrel race. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
Young Cody Want gets a helping hand from the Want’s Construction’s team in the U11 barrel race. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
Competing in the U11s barrel race. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
One of the competitors exits his bull, during round two of the open bull ride. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
Hanging on during the open bull ride. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
Splitting the winner’s cheque was Jack McArthur and Breese Flocchini who tied for equal first place, in the Want’s Construction’s $2000 chute out winning prize. Image: Lynne Mowbray.