Cross aims to make mark
BRETT Cross will not have his back to the wall on Friday night, instead he is hoping the draw will favour him in the Beef City Bull Ride.
It is a big weekend for Cross and the other cowboys because if they ride successfully, there is an opportunity for collecting some handy payouts.
There will a total of $2000 in prize money on offer in Friday’s extravaganza at the Great Western’s Nissan Navara Arena and that is followed by further bull rides at Blackwater on Saturday and then Mount Morgan the following day but Cross has his eyes set on collecting the big money at the Beef City show.
“Hopefully I can draw something like Great Western or Western Star,” he said.
There are a lot of points to be gained from riding one of Brian Duggan’s better bulls and all a cowboy needs to do is remain in position until the bell.
Riding Western Star has not proved too easy for Cross in the past with the bull winning their encounters by a telling 5-0 margin.
Although just 23-years-of-age, Cross is one of those cowboys who appears to have been around for a long time, riding bulls and also horses in the Bareback division.
Now he has discovered a further way to risk life-and-limb by competing in the Steer Wrestling.
“I still do it now and again,” he added with a grin.
But in recent weeks it has been the bulls that he has been attempting to master.
After riding in both the Open Bull Ride and Bareback in the recent APRA finals on the Gold Coast, the Rockhampton cowboy has had varied amounts of success at shows around the state.
At the Gold Coast Cross rode one bull and had a successful ride in the bareback but also suffered an injury.
In a rodeo at Roma he finished in the top five in the bull ride and then rode Hazard, now owned by Brian King, for 75 points.
Now he looks forward to competing again at the Nissan Navara Arena.
“It is a good atmosphere there as the crowd always get behind you,” he said.
Cross believes three shows in as many nights isn’t too tough.
However, even a winning ride can end badly if the angry bovine seeks revenge for the indignity of being ridden.
For stock contractor and rodeo organiser Brian Duggan these are good times as his stock is well fed due the lush condition of pasture and he is bringing another era of bulls into rodeo.
Many of the regular names are still there but bulls like Hazard and Red Dirt Road are now owned by Brian King who will also supply stock for Friday’s show.
Of his own bulls Duggan is confident Goody’s Great Western and Goody’s Titanic will be the money beasts.
Attracted to this bullride are cowboys like Ben Seeds, Stu Frame and Jason Mara and with divisions from Poddy Rides upwards it should be a good show.
The action begins at 7pm.