New Zealand bull rider Ben Webb is ready for tonight’s round of the Top Guns series at the Great Western’s Nissan Navara Arena.
New Zealand bull rider Ben Webb is ready for tonight’s round of the Top Guns series at the Great Western’s Nissan Navara Arena. Allan Reinikka

Cowboys bred tough

THERE are usually some sore bodies after a night of bull riding, but for cowboys riding in tonight's round three of the Bullzye Top Guns series it could be just a little more painful.

Cowboys like Ben Webb come into tonight's program with few worries about who else is on the bill, he just says bring on the bull.

"I've learnt it's more about competing against the bull rather than the other riders," Webb said.

"I hope to just cover my bull and do the best I can."

The young New Zealand bull rider has had a rough time over the past two rounds but hopes to prove at tonight's rodeo that he is back and riding the bulls better than ever.

"I haven't been doing too well so far, being ping-pitched both times," he said.

"I have been doing bull riding for a few years now, I just hope I can draw a good one and that everything goes my way."

The 22-year-old is not frightened to test his skills against the best riders and the bucking bulls at the Great Western's Nissan Navara Arena tonight.

"It's a good event and usually brings lots of people," Webb said.

"It should be good fun ... I can't wait to jump up on a bull."

Despite Webb's recent downfall in Top Gun results, organiser and stock contractor Brian Duggan said Webb has been "putting together some really good rides".

"He has been here for about three years now and has been picking up a bit of prizemoney here and there," Duggan said.

"He is starting to do really well."

Duggan said although Webb would be up against a full field of competitors tonight, it was no different for the other events with riders lining up for the women's barrel racing, junior and bareback events.

Jared Borghero is one of the top riders in the current Top Guns series, winning the first two rounds of bull riding.

"He is a very good bull rider," Duggan said, "He is the main one to watch."

With the series well underway, local cowboys are getting serious with their eyes set on the final prize.

"The highest point-scorer across the four open events will win a trip to the States," Duggan said.

Top Gun action begins tonight at the Great Western's Nissan Navara Arena for a 7pm start.



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