RODEO: In a sport where the odds are against the rider, you bet on the animal to triumph.
But back from a two-month lay-off, Young and Top Guns returned to the Great Western Hotel over the weekend with a blaze of glory and this time, the cowboys won.
"The bulls bucked hard but our cowboys did really well. Really well,” an excited arena manager Jayden Hakaraia said.
"It is about time the cowboys overcame the bulls. The genetics of the bulls these days are really strong and they have bested our boys quite a lot.
"We had riders come from all over Central Queensland and put on a good show in front of a really strong Saturday crowd.”
Dingo cowboy Malcolm Woodard was the stand out performer on the night, conquering a bull they all dread.
Hakaraia joked that the riders all let out a sign of relief when their name wasn't drawn out of the hat.
"The feature bull was Willhebuck. He is owned by Gary Ash and he is one scary beast,” he said.
"He is a monster and no one wants to ride him. You dread hoping on the back if your name is read out.
"But lucky Malcolm got him and rode him really well. He was definitely the stand-out and pocketed about $500 for his efforts.”
Malcolm was also strong enough to claim the open bull ride.
TOP GUN WINNERS:
Saddle Bronc: Jordan Iker
Open Bull: Malcolm Woodard
Rookie Bull: Cody Foxlee
Junior Bull: Ky Hamilton
Open Bareback: Brodie Adams
Rookie Bareback: Jed Miles
Rockhampton's Brodie Adams was the only rider to score in the open bareback.
"I am very happy with the win and the cash prize of course,” Adams said after his 77 point score.
"I haven't done too many rodeos this year, came in at the tail end. But this should help my form going into the Australian Professional Rodeo Association finals in Warwick later this month.
"We were a bit down on numbers in the bareback as it is a dying sport but we still managed to put on a good show.”
The next chance to see Top Guns in action at the Great Western will be November 5.