Cool-hand Kleier's perfect night at Rocky PBR
BULL RIDING: Aaron Kleier kept his cool as some of the country's best bull riders fell around him to record a sensational win in the Great Western Hotel PBR Challenge on Saturday night.
The Clermont cowboy finished an action-packed night with a perfect record, scoring on all four of his bulls, including his two rides in the championship round.
The 19-year-old set the enthusiastic crowd alight when he burst out of the chute on the bull, Rock the House, and again when he went the distance on Ride the Lightning.
The star rookie was the only rider to score in the deciding round and his Rockhampton win is his third in the 2017 PBR series.
"It feels pretty good; that's the first time I've got four bulls rode,” the modest young star said after receiving the prized buckle.
"I'm 100% here. I can't fault myself on anything because I rode all my bulls so it's great walking away knowing I've done that.
"I know a lot of people here so it was nice to get the win in front of them.”
The 1500-strong crowd was treated to some spectacular rides and even more spectacular spills as a rank pen of bucking bulls vented their fury in the main arena.
Ravenshoe's Rohan Markham felt the full force of raging bull Moonshine.
After a faultless ride in the long-go, which scored him an 84.5, he was looking to get to his feet when he was hit in the midriff by the back legs of the bull.
He was treated by ambulance officers before being carried from the arena and taken to the Rockhampton Hospital where yesterday he was in a serious but stable condition.
Reigning PBR champion Cody Heffernan, fresh from a competitive stint in the USA where he won the PBR Wichita Kansas Classic, was among the 40 leading bull riders who competed on Saturday night.
He came to Rocky determined to get the win but was unable to go the distance on Bad Booger.
Townsville's Braydon Wellby, who is currently leading the PBR Australian standings, made it to the championship round only to be undone by a rampaging Palooka.
Kleier, however, showed he has all the hallmarks of a PBR champion as he left the big guns in his wake.
He puts his recent run of success down to hard work and concentration.
"I've just been getting on practice bulls at home and trying to stay real focused on what I've got to do.
"I suppose when you win a few you feed off the last ones and you keep going.”
Kleier is not daring to dream about winning the prestigious PBR title, he just wants to be at his best for Mt Isa's event in June.
"I just want to keep going and keep riding all my bulls. I'll try to do my part and whatever else happens happens,” he said.