Originally written by DEAN MILLARD
GAVIN Woodall went two better than his performance at last year’s Dartmoor Chute Out, winning the open bull ride with an impressive 90-point ride.
Three riders went the distance in the final, but it was Woodall who took the honours by sticking it out on the back of father Ron’s star performer, Ariat Break Point.
Woodall’s 90-point ride saw him take the title ahead of Dan Connolly, who scored 81 in the final on the back of Ariat Mankind, and Chris McPhee who scored 79 on kicking machine Ace of Pace.
In the second division bull ride Paul Daniels won in a reasonably low scoring contest with a winning score of 63.
The open barrel race was taken out by Theresa Jones who had the sand flying in a time of 14.05 seconds, while the junior barrel race went to Ashley McPhee in a very snappy time of 14.2 seconds.
One of the real crowd pleasers at the Chute out each year is the steer ride, and again plenty of riders saddled up for their eight seconds of glory.
Dwayne Dyson was the champion at the end of the day with a winning score of 68 after a very entertaining ride.
Showing that the Woodall dynasty will surely continue past Gavin the junior steer ride was taking out by Gavin’s nephew, Joshua Woodall.
Joshua hung on for all he was worth to score the win with a 60-point ride.
Once again the crowds were up on previous years at the Chute Out, with the event gradually building its way to becoming one of the premier bull riding events on the rodeo calender.
The evidence of the event’s popularity was the numbers in the open and second division bull rides, with almost 50 riders displaying their talents between the two events for an ecstatic crowd that simply could not get enough of the white knuckle action.