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The Trans-Tasman Rodeo Challenge

​Clermont State High School representatives Macey Marks (Barrel Racer), Lleyton Marks (Steer Rider) and Sam Agius (Bull Rider) went over to New Zealand to represent Australia at the Trans-Tasman Rodeo Challenge.

On departure from Australia, we landed in Christchurch, New Zealand at 12:30am, then a 400km drive to Mosigel the next day which would be our home for the next 5 nights and the opportunity to bond with teammates and a meet and greet with the New Zealand High School team.

Our first rodeo was at Outram, with the feeling of excitement in the air everywhere. Sam took away a win in the Bull Ride, being the only one to ride time and Macey proudly achieved the role as Australian flag bearer. The first round of the Trans Tasman ended in a tie, although we also competed individually in the New Zealand rodeo association and Lleyton came away with a win in the steer ride.

We were then fortunate to get in some tourist activities which involved some local site seeing, team bonding which involved a game of laser tag and some indoor games at an indoor sports centre, washing and ironing of our Australian uniforms and grocery shopping. We eagerly visited the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Dunedin, the world’s steepest street, we were also invited to Mike’s farm where all our Barrel Racing horses were kept and all the girls got to ride their horses in preparation for the next rodeo. After the kiwi team shouted us a BBQ for lunch we then did a tour of Jimbo Adams’ Dairy Farm who is one of the main stock contractors in NZ. . We got to see 500 milk cows being milked and we were lucky enough to sample fresh milk from the dairy before we all had a go at Clay Pigeon shooting, followed by jet skiing the next day.

Mataura rodeo was good to us with Sam placing 2nd in the Steers, and the Aussies were in the lead by 10 points. While in the individual rodeo, Lleyton placed 3rd and Sam 4th in the Steer Ride.

Day 7 - it was Southlands Rodeo - 49km/hr winds, on and off drizzle and temperatures too cold to bare.  Lleyton and Sam gave us a good start, Lleyton placing 1st and Sam placing 2nd, and Macey barrel racing to a very close 3rd. It was a great day of competition, however the kiwi team beat us by 20 points!  However, you could have heard a pin drop over the whole arena as the total Trans Tasman challenge points were added together. Who would have guessed the outcome of the Trans Tasman Challenge between Australia and New Zealand was a tie! With the shaking of hands, combined team photos, swapping of addresses; our competition was over. With an early night in front of us and up early the next day we had a quick sightsee of Queenstown and boarded the aeroplane. With a great sense of achievement, we left the land of the long white cloud, soon to be thinking about our loved ones at home with lots of stories to tell.

On behalf of the Australian High School Rodeo Association Team, I would like to thank Fred and Julie Kleier for unselfishly giving their time and experience in guiding us to be the cowboys and cowgirls that we are today.  Macey Marks, Lleyton Marks and Sam Agius would personally like to thank Clermont SHS for supporting and acknowledging their choice of sport - rodeo – and letting us dream and believe. 

Macey Marks.