Bulls had the upper hand

Heath Nichols lines up the steer in the steer wrestling.
Heath Nichols lines up the steer in the steer wrestling.

AN 85-point ride on Little Soldier was enough for Man

illa's Todd Litchfield to take out the open bullride at the Maclean Twilight Rodeo on Saturday night.

A regular visitor to the event, Litchfield had previously won the novice section several years ago, but this was his first open title at Maclean Showground.

"I love the adrenalin rush," Litchfield said.

"I just love it when you make a good ride.

"It's a really good show here. Good competitors, good bulls, and Little Soldier bucked real good."

Some of the bulls were too good. For example, two-time ABCRA champion David Mason was no match for the infamous Suicidal, hitting the dirt just a buck or two out of the chutes.

"Bulls like Suicidal and Rock Star; they're just super bulls," Maclean Twilight Rodeo president Bruce Green said.

"Unrideable - but one day they will get rode."

Conducted by the Lawrence Rodeo Association, more than $21,000 in prizemoney was on offer.

Robert Bandy took out the saddlebronc competition ahead of Carl Green and Chris Williamson.

Meanwhile, in one of the toughest, most gruelling events, the bareback, it was five-time Australian champion Dee Heinemann from Gunnedah who proved triumphant once again.

It's a busy time for the cowboys with most heading to Upper Horton which starts today as well as Moruya and Wingham in the coming week.

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