Cowboy wins twin rodeo events
WARWICK cowboy Callum Miller was the major winner at the Yangan Cash and Carry Bull Ride on New Year's Eve.
The event was organised by the Yangan and District Progress Association and held next to the Yangan Hotel Motel.
Miller, 16, won the junior bull ride with scores of 73 and 69.5 points.
Miller and runner-up Jackson Felton were the only two to ride both their bulls.
Clifton bull rider Billy-Ray Degoumois was third with 70 in round one.
Miller capped off the night with a score of 66 to win the junior steer ride from Yangan cowboy Brook Croft.
Saturday night was only the third time Miller has won two events in a rodeo career which started when he competed in his first mutton busters and poddy ride at the Warwick Show at the age of seven.
He said the bull ride was his favourite event.
"It is more exciting than riding steers," Miller said.
While he has the potential to be a professional bull rider, Miller has not decided if he wants to pursue the sport professionally.
"I am keen to enrol for an agricultural course at university," he said in preparation for Year 12 in 2012.
Miller was surprised by the large number of patrons who supported the Yangan Rodeo.
"You hear the roar of the crowd when you are getting on a bull but not while you are riding," he said.
On his way to double success, Miller received a bump to the head but was cleared to ride the junior feature bull Ivory Enema.
He made it to five or six seconds before bucking off.
There were 17 contestants in the mutton busters with all children receiving a prize after jumping on sheep provided by Angus Gross.
The poddies from Pat McConville bucked well with only one rider, Yangan sporting star Angus Croft, recording a score.
None of the 10 riders in the open bull ride made it to the eight-second bell.
Warwick cowboy Damien Clarke went close on the Frank Biddle bull High Country as did Ben Palmer on Blue Dog Doin' Time.
Emu Vale resident David McIvor was the announcer for the rodeo.
Joel Chevalley and Kirstin Wood were cowboy protectors in the bull rides.
Dean Weller and Shane Green were the judges, Glen Muller the chute boss, Tony Clarke and Sharon Baker the time keepers.
Yangan and District Progress Association secretary-treasurer Vanessa Butler said the bull ride attracted a crowd of almost 1000.
"The highlight was no one could ride Frank Biddle's bulls which showed the quality of the bulls," Butler said.
"The special moment of the night was the presentation of the Gus Mauch Memorial Cup to Warwick rider Callum Miller.
"The perpetual trophy will be engraved and stay with the progress association with a smaller trophy given to the winner each year.
"Everyone reckoned watching the little kids have a go in the mutton busting was fantastic."
- Poddy Ride: 1st Angus Croft. Stock supplied by Pat McConville.
- Steer Ride: 1st Callum Miller, 2nd Brook Croft, 3rd Dylan Brown. Stock supplied by David McIvor.
- Junior Bull Ride, two rounds: 1st Callum Miller, 2nd Jackson Felton, 3rd Billy-Ray Degoumois. Stock supplied by Ross and Jan Hamilton.
- Novice Bull Ride: 1st Ben Palmer, 2nd Josh Smith, 3rd Ben Caslick. Stock supplied by Frank Biddle.
- Open Bull Ride: None of the 10 riders made the eight seconds so no placings.