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They're rough, tough men in fancy shirts

• Left: Mike Reddie stuck to his mount like part of it in the Victorian steer riding championship.


Australian rough- riders will be seen on television screens in America soon.

A movie film was made of them at Kyabram's Jubilee rodeo yesterday by Sydney director, Rudall Hayward.

The film will be the second of a series of 20 "outback" Australian documentaries which will be televised in America.

Hayward filmed some of Aus- tralia's best horsemen riding bucking, snorting brumbies to a standstill in clouds of swirling

red dust.

While he did so, Smoky Dawson,

cowboy entertainer and former     rodeo showman, strummed  

and sang a song which he had written to honor placid, fruit-

growing Kyabram as the "Mecca of roughriding in Australia."

According to "Smoky," who will narrate the film, "there's nothing half-baked about   Australian rodeos or the boys who ride in them. They're entitled to all the credit we can give


"Rodeos and roughriders are just as much a part of our   national heritage as symphonies and seascapes."

Nothing "dude"

Last night the film unit—and a posse of galloping, yippeeing roughriders from cattle stations as far north as Goondiwindi, Queensland—took over Kyabram town on Sunday night.

The town's showground looked like something right out of America's cow-punching Middle


And there was nothing "dude"

about it.

At least two buckjump riders  

landed head first, and were carried out of the ground on   stretchers.  

In spite of their fancy pants, leather chaps, gay shirts, and big wide hats, most of the riders were hard-working horsemen from outback stations and farms.

None of them had time to sit on the fence-rail and watch.

Just over 80 horsemen rode, roped, threw, and hazed 130 "outlaw" brumbies, 200 bucking bullocks, 50 bulldogging steers, and 20 kicking mules.

Rodeo fans from as far away as Mount Gambier. S.A., char= tered special buses for the round trip, and hundreds of cars and trucks jammed roads into Kyab-


TAILPIECE: "Smoky" Dawson said it's pronounced "rodeeo." "In these parts, anyway," he said.

THEY wore fancy shirts and high-heeled boots, but they rode their bucking mounts to a halt at the Kyabram rodeo yesterday.

• Above: Veteran rough- riders, Noel Bottom, John Pierce, and Tom Willoughby.

• Below: Cowgirl Kim   Mahoney.

MICK ELLIOTT (above) shows how to stay put, when you're not wanted, in the

Victorian Jubilee buckjumping championship.