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VIDEO: 500kg bull stood on rodeo clown’s head

IN ONE sickening moment Ray West went from the one helping to the one needing help, after a 500kg-plus bull knocked him over and stood on his head on Friday night.

But the 37-year-old Gracemere man insists "it's only a scratch".

Ray, a prominent racehorse owner-trainer, has been on the rodeo scene for 20 years and a bull fighter, or rodeo clown, for 15.

On Friday night he was working when young Bailey Woodard became "hung-up" and got his hand caught up in the rope.

Ray and another bullfighter rushed in to detangle him and get him off the bull safely when it knocked Ray over and stood on his head.

"There was a wound on the back of my head, but I felt okay," Ray said.

Ray West was knocked out at a bull ride on Friday night. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Ray West was knocked out at a bull ride on Friday night. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

"I went off and got all bandaged up and came back out and kept going for about another half an hour until half-time."

But officials became concerned when they realised Ray had no memory of what had happened.

"I couldn't remember anything and got a bit naughty with them giving plenty of cheek. My brain must have been in another place," he said.

The concussion caused a seven-hour memory loss.

Ray was taken by ambulance to a Rockhampton Hospital, where a CT scan came back clear.

"I came out of hospital on Saturday and there is a red rash around the wound. I am booked in for an MRI to be done today (yesterday)," he said.

Ray estimates he's broken about 19 ribs, as well as fingers, toes, ankles and feet during his career."Everyone has their sports that they play that are dangerous. It's part of the game," he said.

Ray will retire at the end of next month.

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