Bull riders back for arena action
BULL RIDING: Cowboys Stuart Frame and Brenton Hoare might be the “long and the short” of the sport of bull riding, but they do have one thing in common, they are tough competitors.
Frame, who has recently returned to live in Rockhampton, is an experienced rider who has spent the past three seasons on the professional circuit.
After making a couple of trips to the United States to try his luck on that lucrative bull riding scene he is back home, but still keen to ride bulls.
The 27-year-old admits his ambition of glory in the States has ended with his partner Vicki, expecting a child early in the new year.
Frame said he would go into tonight’s event at the Great Western with a bit of confidence having ridden well recently at rodeos in both Mount Isa and Warwick.
Now he looks forward to riding in front of his home crowd once more.
“I think Beef Week was the last time I rode here,” he said.
Frame is also looking for a bit of a payback.
“I want to ride Titanic in the shoot-out,” he said.
Titanic is a well-performed bull, recently bought by stock contractor Brian Duggan.
“I drew him at Caloundra,” Frame recalled.
“I almost rode him (for eight seconds), but then he nearly knocked me out.”
The cowboy admitted it was not just payback that is motivating him to ride in the Battle of the Bulls Christmas Rodeo.
“There is also the extra prizemoney and a buckle to shoot for,” he admitted.
Having $2000 in prizemoney has attracted a large field for the Open Bull Ride with crowd favourites like Ben Seeds and super showman Jock Connelly also in the queue for a piece of the action.
Organiser for the Great Western, Brian Duggan, said 25 cowboys had nominated for tonight’s Open Bull Ride.
“Those with the top four scores will ride in a shoot-out,” he said.
Good numbers are also anticipated for the Poddy Ride (8), Steer (5), Junior (6) and Rookie (15).
Brenton Hoare is one of the promising young riders for both the Steer and Junior categories.
The diminutive 14-year-old proved his ability and determination by winning the buckle for the Steer Ride in the recent Young Guns series.
What made the achievement more remarkable was clinching the win on the final night of competition, two days after removing the cast following a broken leg and ankle suffered in a bull riding accident earlier in the season.
The teenager is determined to do well tonight.
“I’m going to kick butt,” he promised through his cheesy grin.
Duggan promises to have all his better bulls in action with Titanic saved for the shoot-out and his form bull of the moment, Western Star, ready to provide some action.
Apart from the serious side of the event there will also be a bull riding challenge between Santa and circuit personality Larry Cann of Bundaberg.
Action at the Great Western Indoor Arena begins at 7pm.