Barrelling run a victory for Kristen by a nose

The rules are simple: ride hard and fast.

The rules are simple: ride hard and fast.

THE BIG LEAN: Teina Wineera leans back in the saddle as his steed gets airborne in the second division bareback bronc event at the Gisborne Rodeo yesterday. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Alison Olsen leans into a tight turn in the second division barrel race.
In the same event, Mana Rika’s feet fly as his horse tries hard to buck him off.
THE RUNNING OF THE STEERS: Ryan Mason leaves his saddle and takes a steer by the horns in the Gisborne Rodeo’s open steer wrestling event.
Bradley Lanigan holds on to his horse as he leans to grab his steer before taking it to the dust. “Sometimes you have to put rash cream where your mother never kissed you,” announcer Neville Clarke observed of the event.
Open steer wrestling. File picture
Rodeo - Open Steer Wrestling - Cody Davis
Rodeo - Open Saddle Bronc - Graeme Gannon
Rodeo - Open Barrel Race - Kaylene Reweti
Rodeo - Open Barrel Race - Kim Wensor
Rodeo - Local Bull Ride - Dion Aupouri
Rodeo - Local Bull Ride - Edison Leilua
Rodeo - Local Bull Ride - Hona Aupouri
Rodeo - Local Bull Ride - Fern McIldowie
Rodeo - Local Bull Ride - Marc Barthelemy
Rodeo - 2nd Division Saddle Bronc - Taia Mutu
Rodeo - 2nd Division Saddle Bronc - Joseph Whitelock
Rodeo - 2nd Division Saddle Bronc - Chad Ormsby
Rodeo - 2nd Division Bull Ride - Lyric Tauariki
Rodeo - 2nd Division Bull Ride - Bryn Witton
Rodeo - 2nd Division Bull Ride - Reagan Broughton
Rodeo - 2nd Division Bull Ride - Shaun Tahau
Rodeo - 2nd Division Bull Ride - Taia Mutu
Rodeo - 2nd Division Bull Ride - Will Bruce
Rodeo - 2nd Division Barrel Race - Bridget Mason
Rodeo - 2nd Division Barrel Race - Shaz Nicholl

THE “bucking bulls” event was the highlight of the Gisborne rodeo yesterday but for speed, agility and a whole-arena event, the cowgirls’ barrel race was hard to beat.

But beat them Gisborne newcomer Kristen Tehau did, with a top time of 17.26 seconds.

The rules are simple. Ride hard and fast and make a clover-leaf pattern by making a turn at each of three pink barrels around the arena.

Morgan Nathan’s tight turns around the barrels seemed to put her in the lead but she clocked in at the finish line at 17.46 seconds, a split second behind Tehau.

“Faster looking but not fast enough to take her to number one,” said announcer Neville Clarke.

Miss Tehau moved to Gisborne for work five months ago, and the barrel race was her first ride for two seasons.

She completed a night-shift at 7am before heading for the showgrounds to compete in the rodeo.

“What helped was to go in with no expectations, no pressure. Horses can feel that. They are already highly strung.”

Barrel racing is a lot of action, she said.

“You have to get it spot-on. Open barrel racing is really competitive. One wrong move and you are out.

“If you want to win the national title you have to train every day.”

Win or lose, rodeo people look after each other. They are a big family, she said.

Ms Tehau competes today in Opotiki. The national finals will be held in March.

Other events at the Gisborne Rodeo were saddle bronc riding, the junior steer ride, calf ride, bull riding, roping and barrel racing.

THE “bucking bulls” event was the highlight of the Gisborne rodeo yesterday but for speed, agility and a whole-arena event, the cowgirls’ barrel race was hard to beat.

But beat them Gisborne newcomer Kristen Tehau did, with a top time of 17.26 seconds.

The rules are simple. Ride hard and fast and make a clover-leaf pattern by making a turn at each of three pink barrels around the arena.

Morgan Nathan’s tight turns around the barrels seemed to put her in the lead but she clocked in at the finish line at 17.46 seconds, a split second behind Tehau.

“Faster looking but not fast enough to take her to number one,” said announcer Neville Clarke.

Miss Tehau moved to Gisborne for work five months ago, and the barrel race was her first ride for two seasons.

She completed a night-shift at 7am before heading for the showgrounds to compete in the rodeo.

“What helped was to go in with no expectations, no pressure. Horses can feel that. They are already highly strung.”

Barrel racing is a lot of action, she said.

“You have to get it spot-on. Open barrel racing is really competitive. One wrong move and you are out.

“If you want to win the national title you have to train every day.”

Win or lose, rodeo people look after each other. They are a big family, she said.

Ms Tehau competes today in Opotiki. The national finals will be held in March.

Other events at the Gisborne Rodeo were saddle bronc riding, the junior steer ride, calf ride, bull riding, roping and barrel racing.

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