Carl Green has proven why he is the current ABCRA National Final Saddle Bronc winner, taking out his second Blondie Challenge and also securing the Open Saddle Bronc section after some terrific riding on Saturday night at the annual Tumut Rodeo.
Green was impressive all the way through the competition with an 81-point ride in the second round enough for him to win the 2019 Open Saddle Bronc title.
A bruising ride in the final under lights gave him a score of 83 and the Blondie Challenge, winning narrowly over Brad Pierce who finished 82 points.
Green’s win was all the more impressive considering he was on the Blondie breed Small Event.
Tumut Rodeo judge Darrel Edwards rated Small Event as one of the best buckers in the competition prior to the draw of the Blondie Challenge final.
“It will be a tough ride for whoever draws Small Event as he is probably the best bucker here today,” said Edwards.
Green didn’t seem to have any worries on the bucker with a very confident ride in the final securing him the win.
The 30-year-old cowboy was ecstatic to take home his second Blondie Challenge.
“I won this a few years ago and I just love coming down to Tumut for their rodeo and Blondie Challenge,” he said.
“I don’t compete as much these days but I really enjoy supporting places like Tumut who do such a great job looking after their stock and visiting competitors.”
Green who is a station hand on a large property near Walcha will now head back to work on Monday after clearing $2350 in prizes for winning both events.
The 2019 final for the Blondie Challenge had arguably one of the strongest top-six showdowns in recent times.
Tooma cowboy Brad Pierce headlined the final due to his previous three ABCRA Saddle Bronc titles.
Pierce is also the national record holder for the highest ever saddle bronc score of 93 points, which he set in Narrandera early last year.
Pierce had the final ride of the night and looked to have the crowd won over with a great ride on Cindys Star but the 82 points would fall just short.
Ben Maytom finished third in the Blondie Challenge with a score of 81 points after lasting the eight seconds on Secret Event.
Maytom was first overall in the 2018 prize money standings for Saddle Bronc fixtures.
Rosewood rider Tim Hammond finished a respectable fourth in the final with a score of 79 on Turn Me Loose.
Hammond is a consistent rider and has been nationally ranked for Saddle Bronc event results and prize money for some time.
Josh Barnett who came second the 2018 ABCRA National Final for Saddle Bronc rides wasn’t able to handle his ride on Wyangle Warrior.
Wyangle Warrior had the crowd cheering loudly when it turned a sharp 180 degrees and put Barnett in the mud.
Cody Angland was also unable to secure any points after failing to last the eight seconds on Any Which Way But Loose.
In what demonstrates the strength of the Tumut Rodeo Club’s Blondie bred buckers, Any Which Way But Loose is also the sire of the other five horses used for the top-six.