Mitch Power heads to the dirt in the Rookie Bull Ride but like a true cowboy retains his riding technique.
Mitch Power heads to the dirt in the Rookie Bull Ride but like a true cowboy retains his riding technique. Sharyn O'Neill

Webb tames the bull

IT PAYS to be tough when you ride bulls and Ben Webb has proved he possesses plenty of that quality.

The young New Zealand bull rider has had a rough time over the past year but proved at recent rodeos he is back and riding the bulls better than ever.

On Friday evening at the Great Western's Nissan Navara Arena, Webb had the ride of the program to take out the Rookie Bull Ride with 83 points on a bull called Summertime.

It was Webb's first win this year in the Paul Archer The Good Guys Young Guns series and was a remarkable effort considering he has only recently returned to the sport after recovering from a serious injury.

“He suffered a ruptured spleen,” stock contractor Brian Duggan reported.

The young cowboy went back to New Zealand to recuperate before bursting back on the local bull riding scene recently.

“Since he has been riding with us he has come a long way,” Duggan said.

“He had a really good ride on Summertime.”

Duggan is also impressed with the progress made by other young riders in the series.

On Friday, watched by sponsor Paul Archer, there were 90 competitors taking part in the Young Guns series.

“It is the biggest entry for the Young Guns we have had,” Duggan said.

As the contractor Duggan tries to match stock with the ability of the cowboy and while doing that has noted a big improvement in the skills of young riders taking part.

“The riding ability has really picked up, I've had to increase the quality of stock,” he said.

Duggan said the good rides were not confined to the Rookie Bull Ride.

Blackwater cowboy Harry Hoffman extracted 77 points from his beast to take the win in the Junior Bull Ride.

“Harry has been very consistent this year,” Duggan said.

The Steer Ride belonged to Travis Pearson who was too hot for the field with his score of 72 points.

In the Poddy Ride a 69-point ride gave Jakob Putt the first place prizemoney.

There was also good action in the horse events where Luke Charles took the win with his score of 75 points while in the Saddle Broncs section Rob Ingram was the cowboy in form as his 76 point gave him victory.

Barrel Race results were not available.

This Saturday the rodeo action moves out to Springsure for a CRCA sanctioned 4Bs Rodeo.

Duggan said it promised to be a good night with some of the best cowboys in CQ taking part and hoping for the opportunity of drawing on one of the better bulls.

Duggan said he will be taking all his top stock with the main attraction being Goody's Titanic.



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