Ken May with 'Rosie's Lethal Return' and his partner Anita.
Ken May with 'Rosie's Lethal Return' and his partner Anita.

ARBC wraps up after four days of fierce competition

The Australian Reining Breeders Cup has wound up and champions have been crowned after an exceptional four days of competition.

The event was fortunate to be held in perfect weather across the four days, with riders glowing about how good the indoor and outdoor surfaces were.

In the Kingsley Custom Saddles Rookie Challenge Peter Morris was victorious, while Nathan Wilson took out the Thomas Arena Products ARBC Classic Challenge.

Noel Watson was named champion in the Dalby General Steel Open Class, with Rookie Pro Champion going to Chris Gould.

Ken May claimed the Rural Weekly Open Challenge on 'Rosie's Lethal Return', with the ageless horseman showing his experience when it counted.

Mr May said he enjoys coming to the ARBC every year, and hopes he has a few more titles in him.

"It was pretty stiff competition, the guys and girls that ride here are always tops,” Mr May said.

"The effort that Errol Thomas and his wife Gita put into this event is incredible, they go all out to make sure you're comfortable and everything's right.

"I'm 63 at the moment but only feel like I'm 33, so I keep all of these young fellas honest.

"As long as I can climb up on a horse I'll keep competing and keep holding clinics teaching people.”

Competing out of Munduberra, Mr May has been involved with horses since he was three-years-old, and his passion has taken him all around the world.

"I've been to America and South America doing clinics, as well as all over Australia.

"I've been competing in stockman's challenges for some time, one of my favourite moments was winning the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge back in the 90's.

"I enjoy the lifestyle, competition and meeting with my mates; anytime I win or place at a show is just a bonus.”

The ARBC VIP dinner was held Saturday night on the mezzanine level at the Dalby Equestrian Centre Arena at the Dalby Showgrounds.

The evening gave an opportunity for riders to socialise and unwind following four fierce days of riding.

Photos from the dinner will be published on Friday.

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