Cowboys buckle up for tightly contested series
RODEO: The Burnett Buckle series has come to an end with Ryan Storey edging defeat over Lane Mellers in an action packed competition at the weekend.
Mellers was leading 160-140 against rival Storey at the Monto show, but due to a good ride at the weekend, Storey was able to surpass comfortably.
BK Bucking Bull contractors Kerri and Brian King said the Burnett Buckle series was a huge success.
"I thought the rodeo went really well, we would've loved to see more of the barrel races but in the end, it was a successful day,” Mrs King said.
"There was about 25 competitors all up at the Mundubbera show, numbers were down but it's like that everywhere.”
Mrs King said she's seeing a drop in numbers at most rodeos this year and attributed that to being a "phase.”
"At the moment it's a bit of a slack spot,” she said.
"It just seems to work in cycles, by running these sorts of series like we did, hopefully it will garner more of an interest from other riders.
"We've been low on competitors across the district, the older guys are going out, the new guys aren't up to that calibre.”
Mrs King said her highlight for the Burnett Buckle series was how it was well supported by some of the most high profile riders.
"We've got the Australian champion of the NRA which was Jack McCarthy, Lane Mellers and Ryan Storey who attended the rodeos,” she said.
"I knew it would've been either Storey or Mellers who would take out the competition, they're both great riders.”
Mrs King said they'd like to thank the support from the community throughout the Burnett Buckle series.
"A huge thank you goes out to the committee that enables us to host the series, the riders that came out to support us, spectators for coming to watch and all of our sponsors,” she said.
"It's important that we keep the rodeo alive, I think the series was quite successful in doing that.”
The next big event for the contractors takes place in Gympie this weekend.
"We'll be at the Gympie show this Saturday,” she said.
"The rodeo will start at 9am and it will be a whole day thing.
"It'd be great to see a lot of people out there and supporting the other riders.”