GOING FOR GOLD: Charleville's Kirsty Doyle and horse Supermorn sprint for the next barrel during the novice barrel race.
GOING FOR GOLD: Charleville's Kirsty Doyle and horse Supermorn sprint for the next barrel during the novice barrel race. Marguerite Cuddihy

Charleville riders represent at the Roma Bungil Rodeo

As Charleville's Russell Holzwart leapt the rail into the chute during the open bull ride at the Roma Bungil Rodeo, his aim was clear.

The chute opened and the clock started as the bull wheeled and turned, but Holzwart kept his strong grip and seat to ride out the eight seconds in an impressive style.

For his ride, Holzwart emerged from the Roma ring the open rodeo champion with a score of 70, tied in first place with Roma local Lane Howlett.

Underwood was just one of the competitors representing the Murweh region during this year's Roma Bungil Rodeo, held at Bassett Park on Saturday.

The Doyle family, also originating from Charleville, put their best foot forward during the barrel racing program, with tight competition pipping mum Kirsty and her horse Supermorn into fifth place in the novice event.

The rodeo ran late into Saturday night, with a packed schedule of events which included saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, and steering and roping events.

All proceeds for the evening were donated to Angel Flight, whose services have been of great benefit to the rural community.

Secretary of Queensland Rodeo Association Cheryl Tarry said although the event had competition, riders travelled from across the south-west for a shot at taking home the win.

"The turnout was a bit smaller than usual due to some event clashes, but overall it was a good crowd,” Tarry said.

"Everything on the night was good. The stock was excellent, and although the Bungil Roma Rodeo Committee is small in comparison to others, they did the job well and they got through the night.”


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