Finally back in the saddle

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Picture: Contributed. After wet weather ravaged the winter rodeo calendar, riders were finally able to saddle up again for Cootamundra Rodeo’s fifth gymkhana of the year.
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The event was originally planned for July but continued rain saw it postponed twice until October, thoughthe organisation’s patiencepaid off as competitors were met with hot, sunny conditions as the event finally went ahead on Saturday.

20 riders competed with entrantsfrom Junee, Binalong and Yasstaking on a host of local talent.

Riders of all ages, from led to under 9s to 9-13, 13-17, novice and opens took part in barrel races, flag races, bending and Coota bending races among other events.

It was a huge relief for secretary of Cootamundra Rodeo Maree Gibbs to finally be able to hold the gymkhana after such a long and frustrating hiatus.

“It was so great to be out there again and we had such a lovely sunny day for it.

“Having the little ones out riding and having some fun was fantastic,” Gibbs said.

Local riders have clearly been practicing during the break and performed exceptionally well at the event.

Richard Gibbs has competed in all four of this year’s gymkhana and was sitting in second position in the points score for the novice division heading in to the fifth rodeo.

He performed well in all his events and retainedsecond place with just one gymkhana to go this year.

In the younger age groups,​Abby Phillips went home with a number of ribbons and was proud of her efforts.

For an event that faced such lengthy delays because of the rain, Gibbs was surprised by how well the rodeo ground held up.

“The ground was actually a bit dusty surprisingly, it’s dried up pretty well really,” she said.

A dry rodeo ground bodes well for Gibbs as Cootamundra Rodeo hopes to hold the sixth and final gymkhana of the year in November.

The sixth gymkhana will see the points competition conclude and the Cootamundra Rodeo raffle will be drawn.

Although it’s the last event for the year, Gibbs encourages anyone who is interested in rodeo or keen to learn to come along and take part.

The final gymkhana is scheduled for Sunday, November 27.

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