Gresford rodeo and campdraft competitors did not disappoint the large crowd

There was plenty of crowd-pleasing action at the Gresford rodeo and campdraft with thousands attending the annual event.

Tracy Merchant, Secretary of the Gresford District Bushmans Carnival Association said there were around 400 competitors vying for honours in Saturday’s rodeo competition and a healthy 350 in both days of the campdraft events.

Close to 200 juniors took part on Friday including good representation from the Paterson River Pony Club.

In the Under 8 barrel race and steer rides, three cousins finished in the top three placings on both nights.

They were Logan George from Glendonbrook, Nate Turner from Mount Rivers and Bailey George from Singleton.

Blayne Roberts won the crowd-pleasing Poley Buck Jump and Warwick Lawrence suitably won the Lawrence Transport Open Campdraft which coincidentally shares his surname.

Luke Moore from Gresford won the novice saddlebronk on both days.

There was a tie for final honours in the hotly contested Richardson Brothers Transport Open Bull Ride.

Steve Mason and Tyson Smith both finished on 73 points.

While the crowds were slightly down on previous years organisers were happy with the attendance.

Proceeds go to the Westpac rescue helicopter service.

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