Amanda Hodder displays her horsemanship during the Ladies Barrel Racing event at Saturday?s Calliope Rodeo.
Amanda Hodder displays her horsemanship during the Ladies Barrel Racing event at Saturday?s Calliope Rodeo.

It?s not about the bull in rodeo



TAROOM sensation Matt McLeod took home the cash as the bulls reigned supreme at the Calliope Rodeo on Saturday night.

McLeod was in full control, winning the Open first round and shootout events in front of a sensational Chapman Park crowd.

Even though McLeod was the big winner, the bulls certainly earned their keep with only a handful of scoring rides on the night.

Michael Cross was another to shine, but it came at the expense of local favourite Troy Brown in the second Open round.

An abundant hometown crowd were right behind Brown who bounced back from going off in the first round to lead in the second.

But Cross was keen to have his say on proceedings and he claimed the second round win, must to the chagrin of the local faithful.

Rising talent Katie Vaughan threw her hat in the mix, taking out the juvenile barrel race and finishing the ladies' barrel in the placings.

Bororen's Kelli Christenson won the ladies barrel, while Evan Wedemeyer was the novice bull ride winner.

Other riders to score wins on the night were Matt Busby, Chris Kelly, Justin Johnson and Ryan Seeds.

The rodeo also feature a ute muster which proved popular with spectators and participants alike.

Gladstone's Darryl Williams was among the winners in the town ute category.



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