RIDING HIGH: Phil Minter shows his delight and makes a quick exit in the saddle bronc event after successfully staying on for
RIDING HIGH: Phil Minter shows his delight and makes a quick exit in the saddle bronc event after successfully staying on for

Ride 'em cowboy

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

THERE was one word which wrapped up the Lawrence Twilight Rodeo for Bruce Green ? 'terrific'.

The Lawrence Rodeo Committee president, who oversaw the event at Maclean, said crowd numbers had been good, as had the number of entries.

"One bloke who'd never been to the rodeo before came up to me and said he couldn't believe how professional it was run and how there was non-stop entertainment, so that was good," Mr Green said.

"Other people who were there seemed to really enjoy it as usual. We had around three to three and a half thousand there."

Mr Green said he was also pleased how the weather turned out.

"We didn't get a drop of rain. There was a storm hit Casino and one on the coast, but there was someone up there on our side for once."

The event attracted riders from Queensland and around the north coast, and the record number of entries meant the rodeo had to start at 1pm to ensure all events could go ahead.

"A lot of the riders said to me that they love coming to Maclean with the way it's run and the hill and that kind of thing," Mr Green said.

Mr Green said one of the wins of the evening was by Coffs Harbour-based Phillip Minter ? an ex-jockey turned trainer who has recently made a comeback to the rodeo scene after a 10-year hiatus.

"He's really fit but to come back like that he's doing really well. He's killing it out there."

The committee is already planning next year's event, which will be held on a Saturday night.

"It'll be on a weekend which I reckon will flood nominations because of people having to work during the week. It should be good."



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