A brother and sister combination, born and bred in Otago but
now living in Canterbury, took four of the nine top honours
at the National Finals Rodeo, held in Wanaka at the weekend.
Patrick McCarthy, of Rakaia, and his sister Kate Haugh, of
Geraldine, won the two team roping titles.
McCarthy also won the rope and tie and the all round champion
title for the first time.
He told the Otago Daily Times he had been competing in
rodeos all his life and had won other titles previously. He
said he was ''really stoked'' and gave credit to his two
Mrs Haugh - ''Patrick's big sister'' - said they started the
competition in second position but had a good final go round
There were other good results for Otago cowboys and cowgirls
at the event, held beneath a blazing sky in front of a crowd
estimated at about 3000.
Former champion barrel rider Angie Meehan of Lake McKay
station, Wanaka, began yesterday's second day of events in
first place and added a second and a third for the title.
Ritchie Morrow, of Alexandra, led the steer wrestling at the
start of the day. He did not feature in the results for the
second go round but had a first in the third, and that gave
him the title.
Bareback rider Ross Dowling, of Ranfurly, did not do quite
enough to unseat champion Rex Church, of Otorohanga.
Paul Robinson, of Palmerston, started yesterday in first
place in the saddle bronc and then had a third and a fourth
to be beaten to the title by Ramoan Neho, of Kaitaia.
National title winners were: All round champion, Patrick
McCarthy; bareback, Rex Church; rope and tie, McCarthy;
saddle bronc, Neho; barrel race, Meehan; steer wrestling,
Morrow; team roping header, McCarthy; team roping heeler,
Haugh; bull ride, Johnson Davis, of Taupo.