Crafty bulls to test Coutts? young riders


THRILLS, spills and plenty of skills will be on show tomorrow at the annual Coutts Crossing Junior Rodeo and Campdraft.

More than 300 senior, juvenile and junior riders from as far afield as Coonamble, the Queensland border, Tamworth and Hunter Valley will play centre stage at the Travelling Stock Reserve from 7am.

And outside of the arena, the popular Ute Show, starting at 10am, should attract plenty of interest from onlookers.

Some of the area's best campdrafters including Warwick Gold Cup winner David Gillett from South Grafton, Jackadgery's female star Jenny Thompson, Adam Baker from Grafton and Gareth McLennan from Braunstone, will compete in the various divisions.

Organiser Don Bowles said the junior bull riding event, particularly the 14-18-year-old category, should provide one of the day's highlights.

The junior rodeo kicks off just after lunchtime and includes roping, barrel riding, steer riding, with 30 young cowboys taking on the bulls.

More than 350 head of cattle will be used during competition.

This is the eighth year the event has been held at the current site and a crowd of upwards of 500 is expected.

Entry is by gold donation with proceeds going to charity.

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