David Maher on the way to winning the brumby catch at the New Year's Eve Rodeo at the Warwick Showgrounds.
David Maher on the way to winning the brumby catch at the New Year's Eve Rodeo at the Warwick Showgrounds. John Skinner

David Maher is victorious in brumby catch

RODEO: David Maher was the oldest of three brothers in the field and ended up the wiser after he won the brumby catch at the New Year's Eve Rodeo at the Warwick Showgrounds.

The Wildash rider was one of seven in the field and the only one to catch his brumby.

The brumby catch is one of the events held at Corryong in north-east Victoria as part of the Man From Snowy River Festival each year.

The one comment from everyone who witnessed it was simply "it is harder than it looks”.

Champion saddle bronc rider Michael Maher has competed in team roping but even he had trouble getting the rope over the neck of the brumby to take control.

Warwick Show and Rodeo Society campdraft chairman Geoff Grant had his rope on the nose of his brumby but a head catch is needed so he missed out.

The only rider to make a catch in the allowed four minutes was David Maher, who beat a field including his younger brothers Michael and Steven.

To the credit of the riders, they were all determined to make a catch but didn't put the brumbies at any risk of injury.

Society president John Kiss said the event would definitely be part of the New Year's Eve Rodeo this year.

"We have already made arrangements for brumbies to be sourced from the hills out of Glen Innes and Walcha and possibly some from the high country around Corryong,” he said.

"The brumbies used on Saturday are for sale to a good home to be broken in as stock and pleasure horses.” Purchase offers to show society on 46619060.



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