Cowgirls and cowboys from throughout the country were in the South recently competing at the 61st annual Southland Rodeo.
In the first of three rodeos over 10 days, New Zealand Rodeo Cowboy Association members took on the stop watch at Otatara on Saturday, February 3.
Image 1 of 9: Image 2 of 9: Sam Church, of Palmerston, stretches out during the open bareback. Photo / Nicole Sharp Image 3 of 9: Brooke Elstob, of Wanaka, on her way to second place in the second division barrel race. Photo / Nicole Sharp Image 4 of 9: Adam Williams, of Raikaia, rides his way to first place in the open bareback at the Southland Rodeo. Photo / Nicole Sharp Image 5 of 9: Casey Elstob, of Wairio, speeds up on the home straight during the open barrel race. Photo / Nicole Sharp Image 6 of 9: John Hughes, of Fairlie, hangs on tight during the open bareback. Photo / Nicole Sharp Image 7 of 9: Tammy Wright, of Peel Forest, heads round a barrel during the second division barrel race. Photo / Nicole Sharp Image 8 of 9: Ross Dowling, of Havelock North, sits back and holds on in his open bareback ride at the Southland Rodeo. Photo / Nicole Sharp Image 9 of 9: James Pinfold, of Wanaka, moves with his horse to make the eight-second ride during the open bareback. Photo / Nicole Sharp
Wade Marshall, of Taramoa, did the best out of the local competitors, winning the open bull ride jointly with Paddy Church with a score of 76.
Competitors then headed north for the Outram Rodeo on Waitangi Day, before returning south in preparation for the Mataura Rodeo on Saturday.