Ford to tackle new challenge at PBR tomorrow night
CAPELLA cowboy Guy Ford's last appearance at Browne Park wasn't a memorable one.
Tomorrow night Ford hopes to replace that memory with a cash-grabbing ride when the Rural Weekly PBR Australia Live Series stops in Rockhampton.
Ford makes his first appearance on Browne Park tomorrow night since he retired from the Central Queensland Comets at the end of the 2010 Queensland Cup rugby league season.
It wasn't a pleasing night on that occasion for Ford and the Comets with the home side suffering a 38-24 loss to Redcliffe Dolphins.
The footballer-turned bull rider has made a meteoric rise in the sport since making the transition away from rugby league and into the high-flying sport of bull riding.
He's featured in PBR Australia's finals for the past two years and, a few months after touring the US as a professional bull rider, Ford returns to Rockhampton for Round 3 of the PBR Australia Live Series.
Ford figured in the prize money when the PBR Live Series visited Mackay last weekend, with his 84-point ride on Gravel Head earning him fourth spot after the final.
The 25-year-old will tackle Dallas Coburn's Gas Guzzler in the second section tomorrow night for an opportunity to feature in the Top-10 and progress through to the championship round.
Ford will join 39 of Australia's best bull riders with the electrician hoping to push his case for a return to the US next year.
"There's more money (in the PBR) and you can get points over here and a percentage of your points count towards the world standings," Ford said.
"If you get more points, you can get into the bigger events over there and that's where the big money is.
"I'll try and get over there next year. Over there it's like nothing you've seen. Bull riding is bigger than the NRL over there - it's massive."
Should he progress through to the final 10, Ford said there were a couple of bulls he'd like to draw.
"My pick for the shootout would be Game On or The Hump," he said.
"The Switch, I rode him last year at Innisfail - he'd be a good one to get on."
Ford said there was a massive crowd in Mackay last weekend and he expected the same at Browne Park tomorrow night.
PBR Live Series
Australia's best cowboys take on the nation's toughest bulls
Live entertainment from James Johnston
5.30pm tomorrow at Browne Park
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