Franky gets fiesty
THE cowboys were Tough Enough to Wear Pink but unfortunately Open Bull Rider Brendan Patterson did not see too much of it.
Riding a Brian Duggan bull, Cranky Franky that lived up to his name, Paterson was sent crashing to the ground in a bone jarring flip as Cranky Franky leapt out of the chute, twisting as he went.
“He (Cranky Franky) exploded underneath him,” stock contractor Brian Duggan explained.
The young cowboy had no answer and was sent sprawling in the dirt of the Great Western Arena and didn't move.
The protection athletes saved Paterson from any further damage and the ambulance crew worked on him as he slowly returned to consciousness.
It is believed the rookie rider was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
It was again that kind of Saturday night with some good rides but in general a winning night for the beasts with just six cowboys making the eight second mark while twice that number were unable to hang on to the whistle.
Ironically one of the best rides of the night belonged to Alton Downs Warrick Kime who was on board one of the prize bulls of the Duggan herd, Western Star.
Kime took control of the bucking bovine for six-and-a-half seconds until Western Star produced one final leap to catch Kime out and commit his ride to a dusty ending.
At least Kime could feel he had shared honours with Western Star. That was not the case for others trying to tame the bigger names of Duggan's herd.
Junk Yard Dog disdainfully tossed the promising Benjamin Hoare aside, Mitchel Paton was given a rousing welcome by the big crowd but not by Man Eater who sent him and his chances of winning in a untidy downspin.
Up-and-coming bull Hill Billy Hook and Brad Corrie parted company quickly while in-form Russell Cox completed half his ride before Public Nuisance allowed the cowboy to show off the soles of his boots on his way to crashing to the ground.
Cranky Franky had worked over Paterson but in the second half of the show the more experienced Steven Corrie took revenge by riding him for a winning 84.5 points.
It wasn't Corrie's most elegant ride, as the bull had him struggling to keep a hold, but when the whistle sounded he knew he had deservedly earned enough for the lead.
Ryan Story earned a portion of second place prizemoney when he rode Hazard for 82 points, the same score recorded by rookie Damian Herden on Spook.
Herden also got place money in the Rookie Bull Ride on Heart Starter while the winner and runner-up, Owen Danastas and Andrew Revett respectively, both rode Mr Bo Jangles for scores in the early 80s.
Nebo cowboy Justin Paton just held out Jessie Vannek to win the Junior Bull Ride while Jackie Sloan won the Junior Steer Ride.
There was also plenty of action in the Junior and Ladies Barrel Races.
The report will be in tomorrow's Morning Bulletin.