Buffalo girls huge success

The Buffulo Girls, who show off their skills as they stand tall on their beasts, will be at the Clermont Rodeo tomorrow night.
The Buffulo Girls, who show off their skills as they stand tall on their beasts, will be at the Clermont Rodeo tomorrow night.

THE Buffalo Girls will come out to play in a fiery show tomorrow night at the Clermont Rodeo.

With shows that wowed the crowd at the 2003 Brisbane Ekka, the girls - Clermont locals Judy Anne and Krystle Cook - will bring their buffalos Watermelon and Helga to the arena in a performance of spectacular training and skill.

"It was a great adventure and a huge achievement in a short time," Judy Anne said of their 2003 exploits.

The Buffalo Girls' involvement with the performance beasts began on a Warner Bros movie set on the Gold Coast for the film The Great Raid, starring Benjamin Bratt and James Franco.

Through their connections, Judy Anne and Krystle spent five months on the set and became heavily involved in training the buffalos.

After filming, the Clermont sisters bought 22 of the 27 beasts, and trained the other five for their shows which have become regular sights on show circuits around Queensland. It has been eight years since The Buffalo Girls ignited their fire twirling sticks and jumped through a burning ring of fire at a charity performance in Dowes Creek, but Judy Anne said the show was just as spectacular as ever.

"They truly are an amazing animal," Judy Anne said.

When not gearing up for shows, the buffalos while away their days on Judy Anne's parents' property Cloverly.

"It has been a Christmas tradition to get them in and go for a ride and put them in a cart," Judy Anne said.

The original group consisted of four sisters - Judy Anne, Krystle, Karla and Kerrie, with their brother Clinton taking on the role of Patches the Clown.

Clermont Rodeo gates open tomorrow at 12pm, with the main event kicking off at 6pm.




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