Retirement for Bo

Retirement: Bridget Woods with Carrieton bucking bronc Bo Peep, who retired at the ripe old age of 25 after Wilmington Rodeo on January 25. Photo: John Mannion.

Retirement: Bridget Woods with Carrieton bucking bronc Bo Peep, who retired at the ripe old age of 25 after Wilmington Rodeo on January 25. Photo: John Mannion.

Carrieton Rodeo's old brown and white bucking horse Bo Peep originated from a pastoral property in the Marree area of South Australia.

He made his way south to Peterborough and Bridget Woods bought him as a three-year old in 2000 for her husband Graeme to learn to ride on.

Bridget said the seller described him, known as Landmark at that time, as good for a learner.

The rest as they say is history and anyone who thought they could ride the big skewbald gelding was mistaken, for he could buck and was virtually unridable.

Not to be beaten by the horse, Bridget approached Orroroo horseman the late Rex Luckraft for his opinion.

It was at a Campdraft event at Carrieton where Rex saw the horse throw a couple of experienced riders and enquired about purchasing him to join the Carrieton Rodeo string of bucking horses.

Bridget sold the horse which finally became known as 'Bo Peep' and that was Rex's last official purchase as the Carrieton Rodeo Club's buyer.

In the ensuing years Bo Peep became well known to rodeo fans and was respected by the many cowboys he dumped.

Perhaps the horse's greatest achievement was at Wilmington in 2011 when Saddle Bronc Champion Glen Kent rode him to victory and Bo was deemed best Saddle Bronc bucking horse of the night.

Not long after that Carrieton horse manager Terry Williams noticed that Bo had an eye injury.

A vet diagnosed the problem as a perforated eye and administered antibiotics and painkillers.

Terry continued the treatment for the next couple of weeks and Bo's bucking career was put on hold for 12 months, but he came back with a vengeance and kept on bucking for years.

It was at Wilmington on January 25, when Bo took his last cowboy out onto the rodeo arena. He was ridden by Cecil Luxford from Bogabri, NSW rode him for a score of 63. When Bo was led off the arena for the last time, the 25-year old horse received a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.

Bo Peep will spend his retirement in Peterborough with Bridget and the Woods family.