VISITORS from as far away as the UK flooded into Balmoral on Saturday night for the second annual Balmoral Rodeo, where Dartmoor cowboy James Sclanders took out two events, including the coveted open bull.
More than 80 riders had registered by the time the gates opened, to take on the best of Woodall’s roughstock and the barrels, in the hopes of claiming some of the more than $13,000 prize money.
Rodeo committee president, Andrew Lyons said the group was overwhelmed with the response from business and individual sponsors, as well as the 1400-plus spectators who lined the hill for a view of the action.
“We were just amazed, the number of people who turned out and the sponsors who supported the event and the Woodall family, were just terrific,” Mr Lyons said.
“And the crowd was really well behaved and co-operative; there was no fighting, no drunken behaviour and when we shut the bar off, shut the event down for the night, there was no arguing, it was just a really good night out for everyone.”
Dartmoor cowboy Sclanders, took out the top prize for the night, picking up $1780 in the open bull ride as well as $587 in the 2nd division saddle bronc, Glen Kent claimed top points in the open saddle bronc and Lettiliah Despirit was the best in both the women’s and junior barrel races.
Full story in today’s Spectator.