Handley heads into action
AS A cowboy Dave Handley usually walks tall but following the action on Friday night he can be excused for adopting a slight stoop.
Nobody can deny bull riding can be a little dangerous and therefore cowboys like an opportunity to study their bull so they can think through their moves.
At the Great Western's Nissan Navara Arena Handley took “using his head” to a new and unexpected level.
Having done the hard bit by successfully completing his eight second ride, the bull, War Chief, exerted revenge on his rider by giving Handley the kind of dismount he might never want to repeat.
In the words of bull contractor and rodeo organiser Brian Duggan: “Dave is walking around like one of the Addams Family” after cracking a collar bone and tearing muscles in both shoulders.
That is not the case with Trent Maguire who had a fantastic pay day, winning both the Rookie and Open Bull Rides.
In the Rookie section Maguire had the large crowd cheering when he rode a spinning bull named Countdown for a score of 82 points.
Beating a score like 82 is a tough call and consequently when Ty Parkinson rode a bull named Cody for 82 points in the Open Bull ride it looked as if all the pressure would be on Maguire to get a double for the night.
However, the talented cowboy was up to the challenge, making it look easy as he rode Duggan's Prison Break for 84 points and the win.
With some of the top bulls rested, Rohan O'Donaghue was given the best opportunity of collecting a big score when he drew Duggan's Goody's Titanic but the big beast was far too strong for the cowboy and the pair parted company early.
The Junior Bull Ride went to Callan Gleeson riding a bull with the strange name of Bush Pig for 73 points while in the Poddy ride the win went to Harrison Rideout.
In a busy weekend for cowboys, Joe Polkinghorne won the Open Bull Ride at Blackwater on Saturday while at Mount Morgan on Sunday no cowboys were successful.
This weekend the CRCA takes on the NRA at Bundaberg.