Clayton Braden has recovered from a broken pelvis.
Clayton Braden has recovered from a broken pelvis. Allan Reinikka

Cowboy Clayton set to try his luck on bucking bulls

LOOK out Central Queensland, Clayton Braden is back.

After recovering from a broken pelvis, Clermont cowboy Braden will look in the face some of the toughest bucking bulls Queensland has to offer on Saturday night.

The 19-year old will be one of 33 cowboys to enter the ring at Rockhampton's Great Western Hotel this weekend as the fifth annual Great Western Classic and Futurity Bullriding competition.

In his first rodeo since breaking his pelvis in a fall, Braden reigned supreme in the CRCA rodeo finals and is hoping his lucky streak will continue.

"I haven't done one of these classics before but I think it will be a bunch of fun getting on the back of one of these buckers," he said.

"I've been a bit lucky this year and got a few bulls done. I went to the finals and got one of Brian Duggan's good bulls done.

"I have been riding the broncs as well and have been getting lucky and picking up cheques.

"I'm just hoping my luck doesn't run out."

Braden recently relocated from Clermont to Rocky to be closer to the bullriding action.

While he has been training well, he said it would be anyone's game in the arena.

"Everyone has the opportunity but it's just what happens on the day," he said.

"The tougher the bull is the keener I am. If I fall off and the bull runs over me 'cause I'm not supposed to be there - I'm supposed to be on the back - it's my fault."

GWH arena manager Brian Duggan said spectators could expect plenty of wild action at the event.

"You'll see some extremely rank young bulls competing against some tough young cowboys," Duggan said.

"We have 33 bulls performing Saturday night and 25 performing on Saturday from 11am for the futurity.

"Some of the good bulls you'll see are Fame and Fortune, First Strike and Chuck Norris while the top name riders to look out for will be Jay Borghero, Brett Cross and a few of the big names we hear every week."

The futurity will begin from 11am on Saturday. The real action starts at 7pm.



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