Bronco Branding 2016
Following the Campdraft finals the growing crowd made its way to the bronco yard to watch the spectacle that is bronco branding. The morning was fine and brisk, as were the performances of the bronco branders.
The Novice Bronco Branding, sponsored by RTC Group, Empire Group and Bert Bilt Cattle Equipment was the first event. The Novice is open to competitors who are yet to have won two bronco branding events. The future of our unique sport is certainly held in good stead as 12 teams tried their hand with ropes and horses. Congratulations to Bill Willoughby who claimed first place in an impressive time of 4 minutes 17.19 seconds. Richard “Mulga” Nunn came second and Ian Litchfield and his team Mundowdna were third.
The Open Singles, sponsored by OZ Minerals, Williams Cattle Company and Lambina Station, followed. Accurate roping, excellent horsemanship and slick ground work resulted in some exceptionally quick times. The top six teams competed in the final round. Bully Booth’s team B41 were a deserving winner with a combined time of just 4:51.18 for both rounds. Macumba team, led by Eddie Nunn, was second and Tony Williams with his Mt Barry team came third.
Next was the Doubles Bronco Branding, sponsored by Smulders Contracting, Coober Pedy IGA and Todmorden Station. Mt Barry, with Tony Williams and David Hunter as catchers were winners with a time of 3:36.54. Second place went to Cameron Williams and Alan Fennell, and Macumba Team, with Eddie Nunn and Greg Warren was third place getter.
Coober Pedy Regional Times, Kerin Landmark Rural, Teys Australia, Versatile Heavy Equipment and Rabobank were the sponsors for the Chute Dogging, in which pairs of strong and determined young men attempted to scruff a 200kg calf to the ground. The determination of the teams to not let go of their beast provided some good entertainment for the crowd and possibly some aches and pains the following day for the competitors. Every time, the calves were the victors! The best time was achieved by Dylan Maidment and Jeroen Dunnink, a somewhat impressive 17.31 seconds. Levi Schraepler and his side kick Edwin came second and Ben Powell and Jack King from Mt Barry took their 3rd place ribbons home with pride.
The final event, the Steer Ride, sponsored by Landmark Balaklava, the Pink Roadhouse, Northern Motorcycles, the Miners’ Store and Bret Ferris was an adrenalin rush for the competitors and the crowd. Jaike Coulthard from Macumba was first, Peter Morgan, Macumba, second and Will Clarke of Allandale 3rd. Harvey Williams of Carrieton was proclaimed winner of the poddy ride.
As always, the night progressed with a sumptuous roast meal, presentations of ribbons and prize money, a lively auction, animated conversation and ripping up the dance floor accompanied by the fine music of Gavin Chandler.
All in all, the weekend was a resounding success. The introduction of the full day Campdraft programme and the increasing interest in the sport and the outback in general as a destination saw a larger than usual crowd, with many newcomers in attendance. Aside from the sponsors, we sincerely thank everyone who helped out in any way. At the Oodnadatta Race Club AGM later this year we will once again disburse funds to charity, to build on the over $160,000 donated in the past 11 years.
Click the following link to see a printable version of the results of the 2016 Bronco Branding.