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The Mogumber rodeo was back in town on Saturday and it was time to play for many of WA’s top cowboys and girls.

Against the rich yellow canola fields in the near distance, the outdoor venue made for both a colourful and action-packed afternoon.

In the main event line-up, the first open bull ride got things off to a spectacular start when Tyrell Smith, of Waroona, scored a win on the tough bull called High Voltage.

The 19-year-old cowboy was trying desperately to back up his ABCRA overall top point standings from the last two seasons.

“The bull spun away from my free hand, so I countered by putting my weight on the inside leg to keep my balance, ” Smith said.

The judges awarded the talented cowboy with a big 82-point ride.

In the horse bucking events, it was Jim Laverty who wore a bit more out of his saddle to take the win in the saddle-bronc event while Peter Price won just by the seat of his pants in the bare-back.

Overall cowboy Justin Edwards, who farms locally, took two wins at Mogumber.

In the team roping, Edwards and Jason Klarich made the best time, completing their steer catch in 8.13 seconds.

Edwards then followed up with a victory in the steer wrestling to take the prestigious dual honours of the day.

Bullsbrook cowgirl Elise Croft took the win in the ladies steer breakaway roping event, quickly looping the runaway calf off her horse, Celtic.

Barrel racing action was a real treat as a big line-up of 17 fast and furious competitors were out to take the win.

It was Hayley Hall who set the pace around the three barrels in the quickest time of 14.40 seconds.

The next rodeo is scheduled for Dowerin on September 17.

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