Rakaia mechanic is bareback champ

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Rakaia's Adam Williams in bareback rodeo action. (Photo: Adair Wilson of ImageArt)

By Mick Jensen

Rakaia’s Adam Williams has been crowned the national open bareback rodeo champion.

Williams finished top of the standings at the end of the regular season.

He was due to fight it out against eight other top contenders for national honours at the grand finale at Millers Flat on March 28, before Covid-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the event.

The 28-year-old mechanic said he was national champion.

He had enjoyed a very consistent season on the circuit and had competed at 16 events around the country.

He had missed the last two rodeos of the regular season because of an injury, but had won six events, finished second at eight and took a

ago, but I stepped up training this season and it’s been my best ever.”

Williams said he enjoyed the bareback discipline because it was the fight” that relied on brute strength.

He worked out in the gym, used weights and also swam and biked to keep himself fit.

He had attended his first rodeo as a young fellow with his parents at Methven and had been tempted to give it a go after talking to a top competitor and fellow apprentice nine years ago.

Williams, who has worked at Rakaia Automotive for the last 10 years, said he was grateful for the support of his employer.

He had been due to fly out to Western Australia to drive tractors last week, and then on to Washington State, USA for six months to compete on the rodeo circuit there.

unfortunately, but we’ll see what happens in the future.”

Other season ending leaders in the seven other open rodeo disciplines (rope & tie, saddle bronc, barrel race, steer wrestling, team roping-header, team toping-heeler and the bull ride) were also declared national champions.

They include cowgirl Rhondine Long from Oxford, who was crowned open barrel race national champion.