Tumut cowboys have again dominated the headlines at the Wagga pro rodeo on Saturday.
Dylan Weir collected a fat winner’s cheque, taking home $1650 after he was the only one able to last eight seconds in the open bull ride.
Weir only scored 70 points; still it didn’t matter, with the cowboy celebrating the victory.
“There was really good stock and it was just one of them nights, everyone wasn’t really as good as normal and the bulls got the win,” Weir said.
“My bull was young and didn’t buck very well but I still hung on and got the prize.”
The young rider had previously tasted success at Wagga too and was happy to take out the open category in 2020.
“I won the novice bull ride two years ago but it was pretty good getting the open bull ride win,” Weir said.
Tom Kerr was also at his brilliant best in the open saddle bronc, riding the popular bucker Buffalo Bill to an impressive 85 points.
Kerr’s ride was six points better than Tumbarumba’s Ben Maytom and his 79 point ride on Blue Flame, while Tooma’s Brad Pierce was a further one point away in third, riding Wingadee to 78 points.
“It was a good rodeo, the horses bucked good and it’s one of those rodeos you want to win, there’s always a few people you know and you want to go well in front of them,” Kerr said.
Kerr said that it helped that he drew Buffalo Bill, a bucker that has a good reputation on the rodeo circuit.
“All the horses were pretty good but that horse is really good,” Kerr said.
“He is from up in QLD and he bucks really well and If you are not your game, he’ll buck you pretty quickly.
“I actually won on him at Tumbarumba a few years ago.”
Kerr explained that drawing the right horse for these major events was added motivation to perform.
“It makes you want to go there and get on those good horses,” Kerr said.
“I’ll get on anything, it doesn’t phase me but it does help your confidence knowing that you’re a big chance of performing.”
Kerr and Weir will hope to take this winning form into this weekend’s events at Tumbarumba and Narrandera.
“I’m off to Tumbarumba on Friday and Narrandera on Saturday and I drew some good horses again,” Kerr said.
The 22-year-old has a strong affinity with the Tumbarumba rodeo and hopes he can earn another win.
“I won Tumba once before and wouldn’t mind doing it again,” he said.
“It’s one of those local events you always want to win.”