Quirindi rider Darren Clarke rides into second place in the open bareback ride at the Warwick Rodeo yesterday.
Quirindi rider Darren Clarke rides into second place in the open bareback ride at the Warwick Rodeo yesterday. STEVE KNIGHT

Angland hangs on to claim title

WANTABADGERY cowboy Rhys Angland has enjoyed success in The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival and proved his versatility by being the only cowboy to ride time in the open bull ride final at the Warwick Rodeo yesterday.

Angland, who lives near Wagga, said Warwick was the bull ride he really wanted to win.

“It is an honour to win here,” Angland said.

After round one, former Monto and now Gracemere cowboy Stuart Frame led with a score of 85.

In the final, Frame was last up on the Gill Brothers bull Hard Yards and only needed to ride time on one of the best bulls in the business to win overall.

After 11 bull riders in the final, Angland was the only one to have a score and was hoping Frame would also record a score.

“Stuart and I travel a lot together and are mates, I would have been happy for him to do well and win,” Angland said.

“It is us versus the bulls.”

Frame did buck off so Angland won with a two-round score of 160. As first-round winner, Frame was second on 85.

One of the best performances by a Warwick rider at the weekend was 78 in the rookie bull ride first round by Damian Clarke who would have made the open final except he was thrown .1 of a second before time on Memphis Meltdown.

In the Daily News Saddle Bronc Ride, Millmerran cowboy Peter Moffatt and South Australian rider Glen Kent shared the win with a score of 158.

Moffatt said he was delighted to win in front of a large family group from his hometown Millmerran.

Kent loves the Warwick Rodeo and why shouldn't he after his third win in the most famous rodeo of all.

He is one of four South Australians who flew to Brisbane and then hired a car to travel to Warwick.

Warwick rider Mark Collins was equal fourth in round one with 77. He and fellow Warwick rider Scott Keogh both rode time in the final but were unplaced.

Upper Horton (NSW) cowboy Matthew Makinson continued his outstanding form this season to win the open bareback from Quirindi rider Darren Clarke.

Makinson has only been thrown off two horses in 2010 in chalking up 18 wins.



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