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For Dan James and Dan Steers, premiering their Double Dan extreme equine show in WA on the weekend at Brigadoon was like taking a ride down memory lane.

“We first knocked around together doing some initial horsemanship in Perth three years ago, ” Mr James said. “We both had very trainable and talented stallions, so Double Dan just seemed to be our destiny from the word ‘go’.”

One of the highlights of the show depicted this mateship union when it introduced the young WA performers Tom Gibbs, 9, and Mack Hall, 8.

As they entered the arena, miniature horse in tow, and to the song ‘Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys’, the crowd seemed to sense a new team of talented horsemen unravelling before their eyes.

“We like the name Crackin Cowboys, ” Mr Gibbs said.

As the young cowboys worked their horse before the big crowds, they were certainly dreaming of one day performing the more difficult manoeuvres like the Double Dan liberty act.

There were some very laughable moments during the show and none more hilarious then when the CrackUp Sisters, from Queensland, took to the stage.

In one of their whip-cracking acts, they called on a male audience participant to be brave.

“My sister and I will now perform ‘Balls of Steal’, ” CrackUp Sister S.T. Ruth said.

Many of the other performers were from WA, which Mr James and Mr Steers thought was important for the homecoming show.

“We are planning to come back bigger and better in the years to come, ” Mr Steers said.

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