Thrills, spills and buckin’ broncos at Merrijig Rodeo

WINNER: Lachie Cullican won the Jess Hearn Memorial Ride for the second year in a row.

THERE were bulls, beers, barrels and broncs at the Merrijig Rodeo last Saturday night.

With perfect weather the visitors thronged to the annual event, where they were treated to one of the best nights out the Mansfield Shire has to offer.

Featuring the best riders in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association, including local rider Will Purcell, the night was a resounding success as competitors bucked, roped, raced and wrestled away the evening.

The highlight of the rodeo was no doubt the Jess Hearn Memorial Steer Ride, which was won for the second year running by Lachie Cullican, who rode the full eight seconds for a score of 70 points.

Scotty Purcell came in a close second on 64, waving to the crowd as his steer stopped bucking and changed tactics to a flat out run around the arena perimeter.

Third place went to another Merrijig local with Lawrence Prendergast on 59 points, and though no others made the full eight seconds, it was good to see some local ladies trying their hand out with young Marnie Egan also having a go.

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