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Adavale puts on a show at gymkhana

DIRT N DUST: Ned Elmy, Matthew Bunn, Emily Landsberg, Wally Steadman, Rocky Scott and Nyssa Radnedge.
DIRT N DUST: Ned Elmy, Matthew Bunn, Emily Landsberg, Wally Steadman, Rocky Scott and Nyssa Radnedge. Carolyn Burnes

ADAVALE may be a town of 20 residents but the gymkhana at the weekend drew in more than 800 nominations.

The event tested competitors' skills in horse and motorbike events.

Competitors from across the Channel Country and as far as Hay, Hughenden and Chinchilla, flocked to compete and entertain a strong contingent of spectators.

The open saddle bronc event saw a tie between Clancy Mackay and Dean Hurley and the open bull ride competition ended in similar circumstances with a tie between Matthew Bunn and Jack Henley.

Trent Everitt won the open motorbike event while Caitlin Bucknell took out the open horse gymkhana title.

Prize money for the gymkhana totalled $14,000 for the weekend-long event.

Gymkhana organiser Carolyn Burnes said dry weather conditions resulted in some difficulty sourcing livestock for the event.

"In usual Adavale spirit most of the local graziers contributed a small number to keep the event rolling,” Mrs Burnes said.

"Everybody chips in to make Adavale the great success it is.”


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