Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
GAVIN Woodall defeated a top field to win the 2006 Tyrendarra Rodeo’s open bull ride on Friday night.
Woodall, who hails from Heywood, went into the event as one of the favourites, but had to contest one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the rodeo.
It was so strong that it was hard to pick a favourite, although you couldn’t go past Lindsay Friend and he didn’t disappoint, putting on quite a show for the big crowd.
However, the 2005 Australian Champion Bull Rider came in third place, while current Southern Cross Champion Luke Davidson came in second.
No rider could get near Woodall though and on the night he added the Tyrendarra Rodeo open bull ride trophy to his great resume.
The crowd was thrilled by all of the action and the power of the bulls on Friday night, but they also watched the other events intently.
The saddle bronc champion on the night was Glen Willlets, who won from Lee Bonker and Mick Luxford.
The barrell race was won by Julie Breed, while Kristy McLean came in second place and third place went to Kelly Lanigan.
Kym Michaelis took out the rope and tie event.
The popular team roping event was another cracker, with J. Gorsuch and J. Flanagan winning.
Julie Breed made it a rodeo to remember in the break away roping, winning her second competition for the event.
Second place went to Jodi Glover and third to Kathleen Martin.
John Flanagan won the steer wrestling.
The bare back section was a thrilling one with Bernie Lanagan taking it out from Lee Bonker and Jason Gorsuch.
Andrew Murray won the second division saddle bronc from M. Luxford.
The junior barrel race was a competitive one as well, with Billy Mahoney winning from Josh Woodall in second, Tammy Woodall in third and Shayne Gorsuch in fourth.