Sibling duo taking poddy rides by storm

Check out Emerald's tiny bull riders


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Angus and Tessa Crawford may be small, but the Emerald youngsters put on a show at the Emerald rodeo grounds on Friday night.

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WHEN Angus and Tessa Crawford arrived at the Emerald rodeo grounds on Friday night, the tiny bull riders had only one thing on their minds – victory. 

FUTURE BULL RIDER: Angus Crawford during the biggest ride of his short life. Photos - Kelly Butterworth.

FUTURE BULL RIDER: Angus Crawford during the biggest ride of his short life. Photos - Kelly Butterworth.

The Emerald brother and sister duo made up two of the seven young competitors to take on the poddy rides – and came home with an equal second (Angus), and a third place (Tessa). 

Angus, six, is determined to grow up to become a bull rider – and he knows exactly why he loves the sport.

“I like doing it because you get prize money if you come first,” he said.

“You can ride really well, and if you’re little they hold on to the tail and head and they hold on to you, but they don’t do that for me any more.”

Angus had his debut 12 months ago, and said he was especially excited to compete in Emerald with a new lucky accessory which was a gift from his parents, Jess and Ryan Crawford.

”My new chaps are (Toyota) Cowboys colours and when I got them they surprised me so much,” he said. 

Meanwhile younger sister Tessa, five, only made her rodeo debut a fortnight ago in Comet. 

Tessa Crawford celebrates with the crowd after her ride, which earned her a third place in the small but fierce competition.

Tessa Crawford celebrates with the crowd after her ride, which earned her a third place in the small but fierce competition.

After her second ride she said she was “excited”. 

”I like it because it looks fun and it is fun,” she said. 

“My favourite part is doing it and riding the calf.”

When Tessa is finished growing up she said she wants to work with cattle as a “stockperson”. 

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