Bulls do their worst to riders
BULL RIDING is known to be rough, dangerous and at times brutal. But to witness the fury of a bull hoisting a rider up with its horns and throwing him to the ground is a performance that would send a shiver down anyone’s spine.
Unfortunately that was the case on Wednesday night for cowboy Tom Henry who, as of yesterday, remained in hospital with a suspected cracked skull.
It was the first night of the Professional Bull Riders Bundaberg Rum Touring Pro at the Great Western Arena, the final showdown on New Years Eve, and it was a full night of spectacular rides, fierce beasts and injuries.
Wednesday night’s winner, Grant Wells, took charge to ride out the fury of Fred Kleier’s bull, Night Cap, with a massive 88 points.
But many spectators are still replaying Tom Henry’s ride.
Henry took to the chute early in the night with Trevor and Tony Dunne’s bull Inmate, which was raring to dismantle his first cowboy of the competition with all of its force.
The bull rider didn’t stand a chance against Inmate and when the gate opened the beast didn’t waste any time to throw Henry forcefully to the ground.
And if that wasn’t enough, the bull then lifted the rider with its horns and threw Henry again.
But relief rushed over spectators as Shane Simpson and Daryl Chong diverted the beast in enough time for Henry to be taken away on a stretcher.
Brian Duggan of the Great Western Arena said Henry remained in hospital with serious injuries.
“He is in hospital and from what I have heard he has a cracked skull,” Duggan said.
The night continued in the same manner with the bulls charging ahead to take the cowboys under their control, including Duggan’s beast Maneater, which took down Australia’s top rider, Matt Postle.
But despite the powerful threats from the bulls, some cowboys still managed to score high points.
Tied in second and third place with 84 points were Jock Connolly on Balboa, owned by Trevor and Tony Dunne, and Duncan Elks who rode one of Brian Duggan’s feared bulls, Spook.
Local Jason Mara also had a strong ride with 83 points after a re-ride on Madness.
To catch all the bull riding action and finals from New Years Eve, pick up Saturday’s edition of The Morning Bulletin.