Trans Tasman High School Challenge


Trans-Tasman Challenge

This year round one and two of the challenge will be held at Mid Northern Rodeo on the 13th and 14thof January and then the final round at Wairoa Rodeo on the 20th of January. For this challenge it is the same team that travelled to Australia but we are welcoming Lyric Tauariki as a bull rider into the team.

New Zealand Team

Barrel Racers

Tegan O’Callaghan - Captain, 17, Kaitaia College, 6th challenge

Georgie Sarginson - 14, Darfield High, 2nd challenge

Ariana Halley - 17, St. Paul's Collegiate, 3rd challenge


Steer Riders

Clifford Fogarty- Wallace - 15, Gisborne Boys High School, 3rd challenge

Darryl Mcpherson - 15, Putaruru College, 4th challenge

Klay Ward - 15, Central Hawkes Bay College, 4th challenge


Bull Riders

Leeroy Church - 16, Taupo Nui-a-Tia, 4th challenge

Kuki Wickliffe - 16, St. Bedes College, 3rd challenge

Lyric Tauariki - 16, Whangarei Boy High School, 1st challenge


Breakaway Ropers

Kurtis Pertab - 16, Matamata College, 3rd challenge

Scott Tisdall - 17, Otago Boys College, 3rd challenge

Leeroy Church - 16, Taupo Nui-a-Tia, 4th challenge


Manager - Charlie Halley



Australian Team

Barrel Racers

Kasey Bean

Keeley Sibson

Bianca Lumby

Steer Riders

Finn Christensen

Clayton Carlson

Lani Alexander

Bull Riders

Jackson Gray

Sam Agius

Cooper Hobbs

Breakaway Ropers

Ebony Labuschewski

Amy-lee Paul

Karl Hocking

This will be a hard fought competition, the New Zealand team have been putting in lots of practise and are looking sharp.

Please support our team at Mid Northern and Wairoa


This challenge team is selected from those members of the New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Assn who attend High School. It has been going for many years and involves a challenge in Queensland, Australia in September followed by the New Zealand Challenge usually in January. Many of the top cowboys and cowgirls in our country have been nurtured using this wonderful opportunity to represent their country and compete in an international arena.