Tumbarumba bareback rider Ben Hall spent Easter building on a clear lead in Australian Professional Rodeo Association standings.
Hall featured in no less than six rodeos in four days, claimed outright first at Deniliquin and Lang Lang, split first at Tocomwal, claimed cheques at Omeo and Great Western rodeos and was bucked off in Buchan.
The highlight, for Hall, was the final rodeo of the run at Lang Lang on Monday.
“It’s the second oldest rodeo in country, it’s been running for 80 years,” he said.
“I love the good, old-fashioned atmosphere, the committee’s made up of older people who have been running it their whole lives.”
Though he didn’t clock a time at Buchan he enjoyed the challenge of riding on a grass surface.
“It was something different, really good fun,” he said.
Hall’s confidence has been renewed, after a rough patch at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
“I didn’t draw any good horses, I thought I have to pull my head in,” he said.
“I am pretty confident with where I’m sitting but there’s always plenty to do.”
Hall looks forward to Tumut Rodeo on Saturday.
Then the northern run kicks in, offering significant winnings, starting on May 13 where he contends for $4000 at the Mackay Nebo Rodeo.
He will also travel to Mount Isa and Cloncurry in August.