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cwmags: Europe's best 'Cowboys' finale at the Case Rodeo 2011 in Paris, FranceEurope’s best ‘Cowboys’ finale at the Case Rodeo 2011 in Paris, France

If you were to ask the participants of this year’s finale event of the Case Rodeo, whether working with modern machinery should be fun, you would no doubt hear a resounding “yes” as another successful final of the Case Driver Competition took place on 14 and 15 October with teams from all over Europe coming together at the Case Customer Centre in Monthyon, Paris.

The teams that had qualified for the finals arrived on the Friday to enable them to attend a short training and familiarization session on the actual course, using the new Case equipment, where it was evident the participants were both enthusiastic and very competitive.

In addition to last year’s final that included teams from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Spain, this year, there were competitors from Finland, Norway and Russia.

On Saturday morning the participants finally got down to serious business. True to style – with cowboy hats, plaid rodeo shirts and scarves in local colours. The finalists from the European competitions assembled at the start with the aim of determining the best participants in four separate tests.

cwmags: Operators found the smooth control of the Case 721F XR useful in the operator's challenge Let the show begin

The object of ‘Loaders Lasso’ was to carry various types of marked rods back and forth over a certain distance with a bucket using a large type 721F XR wheel-mounted front end loader and loading them at different heights.

Operators found the smooth control of the Case 721F XR useful in the operator's challenge

The acceleration capability of the new 721F with its five-speed gearbox offered certain advantages here – however, the safe transport of the feather-light rods with the parallel-kinematics of the XR version was no easy task. The most masterful feather-light touch in the sprint and reverse was finally showed by Alexander Feess from the German team, who won individual victory.

Equally challenging was the new competition, ‘Crazy Horse’, using a brand new model TX380 compact track loader. The organizers excelled themselves in making difficult obstacles to drive and reverse over, so that the drivers had to use every ounce of skill right up to the finish so as not to compromise their loads. Richard Christian from the United Kingdom showed the strongest nerve and won the competition convincingly.

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