Riding high


IF IT ain't broken, don't fix it.

That is the simple recipe for success world champion bullrider Troy Dunn has ridden to the top of his sport.

Dunn, 38, returns to Rockhampton's Great Western Hotel tonight for round three of the Toyota Extreme Superbull Series.

Fresh from a rewarding three-month stint on the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) circuit in the United States, Dunn arrives in Central Queensland with his fearsome Mack Truck Extreme Bulls team, including 2003 Bucking Bull of the Year, Gold Buckle Day Break.

Dunn, who began riding calves at age nine and hit the big time when he was crowned world champion in 1998, is one of four Australians in the top 25 money earners in the PBR this year.

The Sarina-based cowboy has pocketed $US117,616 from just 18 events ? not bad for three months work.

"I blew a lot of it by getting thrown off some bulls,'' Dunn said yesterday.

In recent times, Rockhampton has proved itself as one of the key breeding grounds for both professional riders and elite bucking bulls.

However, Dunn, who will let his bulls chase the prizemoney tonight, said it was a tough school.

"There is a lot of preparation for being able to ride bulls at the top level,'' Dunn said.

"The apprenticeship that you do for riding bulls is really hard ? you've got to be pretty tough.

"It's only eight seconds, but that bull is doing a hell of a lot in that time.''

Action starts from 7.30pm.

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