Bulls maintain four-time record as not rideable

Wanaka cowboy Patrick McCarthy competes in the open rope and tie. Photos: Stephen Jaquiery
Wanaka cowboy Patrick McCarthy competes in the open rope and tie. Photos: Stephen Jaquiery
Open bareback winner at the Wanaka Rodeo, Stuart de Ridder.
Open bareback winner at the Wanaka Rodeo, Stuart de Ridder.
The horse has the last laugh as Ross Dowling, of Havelock North, bites the dust in the open...
The horse has the last laugh as Ross Dowling, of Havelock North, bites the dust in the open saddle bronc.
Rhondine Long, Oamaru, rounds the last barrel in the open barrel race to take the title at the...
Rhondine Long, Oamaru, rounds the last barrel in the open barrel race to take the title at the Wanaka rodeo.
The Wanaka rodeo crowd.
The Wanaka rodeo crowd.
Cody Milton, Middlemarch, in the open bull ride.
Cody Milton, Middlemarch, in the open bull ride.
Luke McKerchar, from Roxburgh, in the novice steer ride at the Wanaka rodeo.
Luke McKerchar, from Roxburgh, in the novice steer ride at the Wanaka rodeo.
Protesters at the Wanaka Rodeo yesterday make their views clear. Photo: Mark Price
Protesters at the Wanaka Rodeo yesterday make their views clear. Photo: Mark Price

Hot, dry windy, conditions yesterday were welcomed by the organisers of the Wanaka Rodeo.

Not quite so welcome were two dozen protesters intent on getting across their view that rodeos are cruel to animals.

Close to 5000 spectators attended the annual event which has been running for 56 years.

The protesters, on the roadside outside the event, handed out leaflets to some spectators and were abused by others.

Protest leader Kat Gollop, from the group called Queenstown Animal Activists, said it was their third year at the event.

Rodeo did not qualify as a sport, she said.

''It is simply animal abuse.''

Rodeo Cowboys Association president Lyal Cocks said the group was entitled to protest but he considered ''a lot of their accusations are false and misleading''.

Mr Cocks said ''strict regulations'' governed how the rodeo was run.

Michael Sanderson, of Middlemarch, lands his lope around the steer’s legs as he and Mark Stewart, of Balclutha, win the open team roping.
Michael Sanderson, of Middlemarch, lands his lope around the steer’s legs as he and Mark Stewart, of Balclutha, win the open team roping.

Once again, the bulls beat the cowboys.

For the fourth time this summer, no-one managed to ride the Outram-bred bulls that tour the southern circuit.

Mr Cocks said when that happens, the bull breeders pocket the prize money.

mark.price@odt.co.nz

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