Crowd wowed during Derby rodeo

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Derby Rodeo clown Daniel Kimber is tossed by a bull on Saturday.
Camera IconDerby Rodeo clown Daniel Kimber is tossed by a bull on Saturday. Credit: Robert Dougherty

Cowboys and girls had a bucking good time as they gathered in the Kimberley for the annual Derby Outback Rodeo, Gymkhana and Camp Draft over the weekend.

Announcers Todd Walsh and Rick Ford whipped the crowds into a frenzy, while judges Rhys Morrissey, Grant Edwards, Kevin Dowtell, Wayne and Marianne Cannard graded the competitors at Derby Rodeo grounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A Derby Rodeo competitor takes part in the roping events on Sunday. Photo: Mirna Hunter
Camera IconA Derby Rodeo competitor takes part in the roping events on Sunday. Photo: Mirna Hunter Credit: Mirna Hunter

Friday was filled with camp draft fun, with punters bidding for their favourite bull riders at the Spinifex Hotel’s Bull Ride Calcutta in the evening.

Saturday was a blast with camp draft finals, novelty games, station challenges, barrels events, station buckjump, and open bull ride in the rodeo arena.

In the evening, band Third Wheel and a fiery show by Walter Whip and the Flames entertained the crowd.

The bucking action started early on Sunday with barrel races, steer undecorating, roping and the Bootenoo Bulk Haulage whip cracking contest before lunch.

Steer wrestling, barrels, saddle bronc and open bull ride were popular in the evening.

Razak Francis was the Buckleys open bull ride winner for 2017, while Grant Edwards and heeler Adam Knowles were winners in team roping.

Kadin Bauer won the bareback event with Robert Brooking in second.

Daral Dahl won the steer wrestling with Michael Stanley second and Chris Lions third.

The rodeo was sponsored by several local businesses with Meda, Sophie Downs, Ruby Plains and Liveringa Stations providing stock and RTA Transport ferrying them to the event.

A rider is thrown mid-whip crack during the Station Buckjump.
Camera IconA rider is thrown mid-whip crack during the Station Buckjump. Credit: Robert Dougherty
A Derby Rodeo competitor takes part in the Station Buckjump event on Saturday.
Camera IconA Derby Rodeo competitor takes part in the Station Buckjump event on Saturday. Credit: Robert Dougherty
A Station Buckjump competitor is thrown at the Derby Rodeo.
Camera IconA Station Buckjump competitor is thrown at the Derby Rodeo. Credit: Robert Dougherty
A Station Buckjump competitor is released from the gate.
Camera IconA Station Buckjump competitor is released from the gate. Credit: Robert Dougherty
Open Bull Ride competitor, Charles Dedman during the Derby Rodeo on Saturday.
Camera IconOpen Bull Ride competitor, Charles Dedman during the Derby Rodeo on Saturday. Credit: Robert Dougherty
Station teams take part in the Derby Outback Rodeo Station Challenge.
Camera IconStation teams take part in the Derby Outback Rodeo Station Challenge. Credit: Robert Dougherty
Lyall Steer is bucked in the Open Bull Ride on Saturday at Derby Rodeo grounds.
Camera IconLyall Steer is bucked in the Open Bull Ride on Saturday at Derby Rodeo grounds. Credit: Robert Dougherty
Station teams take part in the Derby Outback Rodeo Station Challenge.
Camera IconStation teams take part in the Derby Outback Rodeo Station Challenge. Credit: Robert Dougherty
Children taking part in the Derby Rodeo events on Saturday.
Camera IconChildren taking part in the Derby Rodeo events on Saturday. Credit: Robert Dougherty
Station teams take part in the Derby Outback Rodeo Station Challenge.
Camera IconStation teams take part in the Derby Outback Rodeo Station Challenge. Credit: Robert Dougherty

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