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Europe’s best ‘Cowboys’ finale at the Case Rodeo 2011 in Paris, France >>> Page 2 of 2

cwmags:The Case Rodeo challenged operators on a varaiety of machines from excavators to compact track loaders such as this TX380 Equally challenging was the new competition, ‘Crazy Horse’, using a brand new model TX380 compact track loader.

The Case Rodeo challenged operators on a varaiety of machines from excavators to compact track loaders such as this TX380

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.

New challenges

The next two contests were definitely less hectic. But a light touch and full concentration was needed at the controls. The ‘Bullseye’ competition showed overall winner of the last rodeo, Raphael Rosen’s skill in dealing with the new CX250C crawler excavators, leaving the competition behind, in placing suspended tennis balls in a variety of narrow tubes.

The last individual event was using a 590 ST backhoe loader in a task that was the same as last year. The aim of ‘Yeehaa loader’ was to complete various complicated tests of skill with the excavator boom, as fast as possible. This would prove – at least this year, to be once again the domain of the guests from the United Kingdom, with Richard Christian completing the best run on the backhoe loaders.

Mechanical bull challenge

After the last participant had left the arena early in the afternoon and the dust had been shaken out of the cowboy shirts, a greater challenge for the national team was waiting in the covered auditorium, who now had to volunteer one person for a wild ride on a mechanical bull.

Even if the technical requirements for the seasoned construction professionals of both sexes were quite low, the entertainment value of the event was huge.

This was followed by all participants, journalists and the Case teams involved, attending a gala dinner, at which the individual winners and the overall champion stepped up to receive their awards.

The final award ceremony remained gripping to the end with CNH Construction Equipment European Marketing director, Jean-Patrick Yekpe not allowing any individual winner to assume they had won, so it was with some trepidation that the audience waited for the announcement of who had become the overall champion. All those present were on the edge of their seats as Raphael Rosen was invited on stage for the second time that evening.

cwmags: Winners of the European Case Rodeo Challenge will take on the USA winners in January 2012 USA - Here we come!

With a strong overall performance, the previous year’s winner managed to be placed just above double-winner Richard Christian and therefore not only take overall victory, but also the award for the best team in Belgium.

Winners of the European Case Rodeo Challenge will take on the USA winners in January 2012

Paula Inda, CNH Global Communications Director, gave the prize winners a symbolically oversized ticket with an invitation to the U.S. finals of the Case Rodeo in Las Vegas, next January.

The invitation of the European Champions to attend the competition in the United States is the first step in a new direction for Case’s extremely popular rodeo events.

As Paula Inda explained, “Due to the numerous requests to Case for an expansion of international events and the overall extremely positive response, it is now time to usher in the next round for the Case rodeo competition and take it to a new level.” The thinking here is increasingly global in scale, which is only logical for a global company like Case.




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