Back at Reefton recently but this time for the annual Reefton Rodeo.
Still haven’t decided if I like these things or not. I think not for animal rights reasons but then I think I do because undoubtably the animals come out the winners – and I like that!
It is an overcast day but still a lovely summer’s day in Reefton. In fact the cloud helps to keep us cool rather than being out in the full sunshine all day.
There is a good crowd here to watch the antics of the rodeo.
The calves for the calf riding are all very cute but looked rather perplexed after their short excursion. The young riders don’t last long at all on the calves back and are unceremonially dumped very early on.
There is horse bare back riding and I think this is the only time a human comes out the winner.
The horse does his best to dislodge the rider but he hangs on and then does a beautiful dismount onto the horse wranglers stead to safety.
The rider gets a huge round of applause from the crowd for his stirling effort.
Next up it is the girls for the barrel race. This one I really like. The girls are great with their horses, giving lots of encouragement and a nice pat at the end for a job well done.
They steer them nicely around the barrels and race for home.
Soon enough it is time for the big boys – the last event for the day, the bull riding and oh la la these bulls are huge. They are released into the arena for the crowd to see and a couple of them are right grumpy looking – this is going to be interesting…..
Interesting indeed – these big boys are very unimpressed with having a lump on top of them trying to ride them. Many of the contestants don’t last long at all – great for the spectators not so good for the contestants.
Time for us to head to the Broadway Tearooms and Bakery, something sweet is calling my name.
As far as the Rodeo though, another great day out, and the results – animals 19, humans 1, just the way I like it!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and supporting local events. There is often something happening on the West Coast – check out West Coast of Southern Alps for full details.