• Beechworth lassos third rodeo

    WEB_sport-rodeo-7027 Heath Chalmers on Rosewood Romeo_pe_c5_20151222
    saddle bronc rider Heath Chalmers on Rosewood Romeo. PHOTOS: Australian Professional Rodeo Association

    BEVERFORD cowboy Heath Chalmers will be the ‘form’ saddle bronc rider going into the Christmas run of rodeos in Victoria – including Beechworth, South Australia, Tasmania and southern New South Wales – from Saturday.
    The first of seven rodeos is the Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo on Boxing Day.
    There is a rodeo at Yarrawonga on January 2 and the final Victorian rodeo on the Christmas run will be at Beechworth on January 9.
    It will be held at Madman’s Gully Amphitheatre near Mayday Hills, with gates for the preliminary events and entertainment opening at 10am.
    Chalmers won the saddle bronc at this month’s Rosewood rodeo in southern NSW with a score of 78.
    He beat Brodie Prendergast, with Tim Hammond third and former world rookie all-around champion Brad Pierce fourth.
    Chalmers scored 78 on the horse Rosewood Romeo, the highest score in any rough stock event at Rosewood, and will lead the Victorian charge for a win at Myrtleford.
    Pierce will contest the saddle bronc and bull ride at Myrtleford after winning the Australian title in saddle bronc at the Warwick Rodeo in Queensland on the last weekend in October.
    Sally Malay has lived in three states in pursuit of a rodeo dream and proved he is one of the most promising riders in the APRA with wins in the open and second-division bull rides at Rosewood.
    He is originally from Western Australia and lived at Yarrawonga after he started to follow the APRA circuit. Malay has now moved to Longreach in Queensland and will be at Myrtleford to contest the open and second-division bull rides and the team roping.
    Cody Tyrrell from Tongala won the bareback at Rosewood on Big Boy and has nominated for Myrtleford.

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