Bulls show their power
BULL RIDING: Maneater stomped his hooves in protest, Titanic crashed against the chute’s gate raring with anger and Infantry Man charged his horns at anyone who stood in his way.
There was no mistake; the bulls were in no mood for the cowboys.
New Year’s Eve marked the second night of the Bundaberg Rum Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Touring Pro at the Great Western Arena and the night seemed to be led by a line of disappointing falls from the bull riders.
The only cowboy that managed to hold out the eights seconds, the minimum time to qualify for points, for all three rounds and announced 2010 PBR champion was David Kennedy.
In second place was Rockhampton’s Jason Mara and third was Troy Wilkinson.
But the power of bulls became painfully obvious when top Australian bull riders lasted no more than a couple a seconds before they were bucked off.
“The bulls are starting to get at a really good standard which is waking the riders up a bit – within the last one to two years the standard of the CQ bulls has risen,” contractor and organiser of the event Brian Duggan said.
Duggan’s bull, Maneater, made only one appearance with rider Jock Connolly, who was thrown off barely a second out of the chute, with Maneater stomping his hooves in anger.
Duggan will take his bulls to the national bull-riding championships next week to test the strength of the top 15 riders in Australia.
Wednesday night had Trevor and Tony Dunne’s bull, Inmate, throw competitor Tom Henry to the ground, where he was then rushed to hospital.
Henry has reportedly been released from Rockhampton Hospital after a suspected fractured skull.