Mitch out to even up the score
JUNIOR bull rider Mitch Robertson loves the sound of the buzzer.
Robertson lines up in tonight’s CRCA Junior Bull Ride as part of a jam-packed program at the Great Western Hotel 4Bs Rodeo.
The 16-year-old, who hails from Capella, is matched up against the Brian Duggan-owned Fairybower Special and is hoping go the distance.
“I hope so. When you hear the buzzer, that’s the best bit (about riding),” he said.
Robertson had his last ride on Tiny Tim at the Duaringa Rodeo in March, but couldn’t handle the beast.
“He got the better of me. I didn’t last too long,” Robertson said.
“He just got out the chute and spun a few times and threw me off.”
Robertson suffered some deep bruising on his right leg after Tiny Tim stood all over him, but has fully recovered and is keen for another dose of it tonight.
“It’s a good adrenalin rush sitting in the chute waiting to go,” he said.
St Brendan’s College student Robertson and school mate Callum Gleeson were both on hand on Thursday at the Great Western Arena Nissan Navara Arena to offer tips and lead the way for the next crop of junior bull riders.
Twenty-four aspiring bull riders learnt the ropes under the guidance of Brian Duggan, Robertson and Gleeson and a handful of other experienced riders as part of the St Brendan’s College Beginners Rodeo School.
Duggan said the two young bull riders were a big help to him.
“It’s great. Some of the older boys here give me a hand to prep the boys before they come to me,” Duggan said.
“They’re good to have around.”
While there were plenty of tumbles, Duggan said he was pleased with the turnout.
“So long as they come down and have a go, I’m happy. At least they’ve got a handle on what it’s all about,” he said.
Rodeo action starts at 7pm.