Reefton Rodeo – a Stomping Good Time

bull riding reefton rodeo

on the ground bull riding reefton rodeo

Back at Reefton recently but this time for the annual Reefton Rodeo.

off the bull bull riding 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!

off the bull reefton rodeo

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.

crowd at reefton rodeo

There is a good crowd here to watch the antics of the rodeo.

calf riding reefton rodeo

calf riding at reefton 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.

bare back horse riding reefton rodeo

There is horse bare back riding and I think this is the only time a human comes out the winner.

bare back riding reefton rodeo

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.

safely off bare back horse riding reefton rodeo

The rider gets a huge round of applause from the crowd for his stirling effort.

round the barrels reefton rodeo

barrel racing for horse reefton rodeo

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.

barrel racing reefton rodeo

They steer them nicely around the barrels and race for home.

the bulls reefton rodeo

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…..

hanging on reefton rodeo

in the dirt reefton rodeo bull riding

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.

legs in the air bull riding reefton rodeo

Time for us to head to the Broadway Tearooms and Bakery, something sweet is calling my name.

bull riding at the reefton rodeo

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.




About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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