Fiona Brown and Bull Oak win the beginner event at the 25th annual Big River Cutting Club at Copmanhurst on Saturday.
Fiona Brown and Bull Oak win the beginner event at the 25th annual Big River Cutting Club at Copmanhurst on Saturday. Debrah Novak

Cutters get to go around again

ON Saturday Fiona Brown strode out to a soggy centre of the Copmanhurst Recreational Ground.

A ground expected to hold up against the rough and tumble of horses' hoofs and cattle kicks.

A ground due to host the Big River Cutting Club's 25th anniversary event...that day.

Book-ended by two professional trainers, dark skies above her, Brown took one good look at the turf and made the call.

We're going on.

“At 6.30am, we looked at the pen and it took us about 15 minutes to decide,” she told the Examiner yesterday.

“That might not seem like a long time but we knew we were right to go. It came down to safety. And the two professional trainers would not have gone out there if there was any risk.”

By 8.30am, the first of 70 competitors rolled out, aiming to cut the 200 head of cattle within their two-and-a-half-minute time period.

“It was a very eventful day because of the rain,” Brown said.

“We had to make a decision whether the show went ahead or not.

“We are so glad we did, because it was fantastic.”

The day was highlighted by Jim and Wendy Page's life membership inductions to the club.

The pair has been long-time supporters of the club, dating back to when it was known as the Big River Round Up and operated out of Hawthorne Park, South Grafton.



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