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Katherine Times Wed 19 Aug 2015



Katherine Times Wed 19 Aug 2015


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>> Katherine Clean Em Up Rodeo www.katherinetimes.com.au KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 2015 27 LESS than 45 minutes before flying out of the chute in front of hundreds of rodeo fans on Saturday night, 14year-old Eli Bee was exhibiting a level of calm not matched by cowboys decades his senior. Rather than worrying about the steer he was about to ride in the Katherine Clean Em Up Rodeo, Bee was more focused on finding ham for a last-minute sandwich. With an outlook that belied his youth, he told the Katherine Times that it was all about taking confidence into the chute. Im just trying to have fun and try my best, he explained. Youre not gonna ride good if youre not confident, and no matter how much you stress, its never going to change the outcome. The sandwich-fuelled philosophy worked, with Bee claiming the junior steer ride crown with a score of 63 10 points clear of his closest opponent. More than 1100 people converged on the Katherine Showground for the annual event on August 15, which drew a record number of nominations from cowboys and cowgirls from across Australia. It went really well, or ganiser Sarah Hoare said after the dust had settled. I think because were part of the northern run of the professional circuit, the professional cowboys just keep travelling. They did Mount Isa the weekend before and theyll be in Darwin next weekend. Matt Boland was the best on the bulls in the open bull ride and scored 79 on Rocky Horror to secure victory. In the Mick Elliott Memorial Saddle Bronc the special event on the program for the rodeo Adrian Chong had the crowd on its feet with a competitionwinning score of 66. Cherie ODonoghue proved why she has the most titles of any cowgirl in Australian Professional Rodeo Association history when she took barrel racing honours from an impressive field with a time of 16.065 seconds. In the roping events, Clancy Middleton was unstoppable, winning the individual rope and tie before teaming up with Aaron Bookluck to take the paired event in the stunning time of 5.5s. Mrs Hoare said the calibre of competitors who made the stopover in Katherine made the event thrilling for spectators. It makes for good entertainment, she said. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Eli Bee prepares a sandwich as he explains his stress-free philosophy on battling four-legged opponents. Sandwich philosophy secures rodeo success by LYNDON KEANE Ryan Bowen shines during his maiden poddy calf ride at the Katherine Clean Em Up Rodeo.One of the future stars of the sport soaks up the rodeo atmosphere in the chutes. Chelsea Riggs impresses during the junior barrel racing. Kolt Ferguson works hard during the steer ride.Cooper Hoare heads for the arena.