Blackwater bull rider took on Booger Eater in the Top Guns
That approach certainly paid off for the Blackwater bull rider when he took on Booger Eater in the Top Guns Rodeo Series at Rockhampton's Great Western Hotel on Saturday night.
With an 82-point ride, Mckenzie secured victory in the Rookie Bull category, continuing his streak of recent success in the rodeo arena.
Leading the Top Guns Rookie Bull standings with just two rodeos left before finals get underway, Mckenzie was pretty pleased with himself.
"I went really well on Saturday night; I had a really good bull so that always helps," Mckenzie said.
"I rode a bull called Booger Eater. He is really tough and doesn't get ridden much but when you do ride him, you usually get a good score.
"I went out there and tried to stay calm. I'm leading the series so if I keep calm and just ride my bull, it'll work out for itself.
"I've won about six to seven competitions this year so I'm having a good season. I'm pretty confident heading into the last two rounds."
While Mckenzie snared a win, Great Western Hotel arena manager Brian Duggan concluded the real winners overall were the bulls.
"It was a very exciting night. There were some tough rides, there were a few tough wrecks for the cowboys too," Duggan said.
"It was quite difficult out there; the bulls are very fit and very strong at the moment.
"They're a bit like footballers, this is the end of their season so they're fit and ready to go and they really put it to the cowboys.
"The last round of bulls was extremely tough and we had some very handy riders but, unfortunately, they just couldn't quite seem to get there."
Duggan was pleased with the performance of Chuck Norris.
"I was very happy with the bull Chuck Norris, he performed extremely well," he said.
"He was last year's Bucking Bull of the Year. He had a bit of an off-patch at the start of the year, he kept throwing a lot of the cowboys too easy and got a little bit lazy but he's back and in very fine form."
As for the riders, Duggan ranked Mckenzie among the best on the night.
"Young Lucas Mckenzie has been riding extremely well in the series and picked himself up a win," he said.
"In the saddle bronc riding, Dingo cowboy Trent McGuire picked himself up the win and Sarah Morgan won herself the barrel racing."