VIDEO: No place for the faint of heart at Top Guns
IT WAS the business end of a long rodeo season at the Great Western Hotel on Saturday night.
After nine rounds, the top eight cowboys and cowgirls were in the hunt for the $8000 prize money and the prize buckles, which were decided after the two rounds of the Top Guns final.
Some didn't make it.
Despite winning the first round of the rookie bull riding, young local cowboy Sam Spencer got caught up on his bull after making the eight seconds and copped a big hit which shattered his collarbone.
Spencer, as tough as they come, will have a plate inserted after the swelling goes down and no doubt will be back for more next season.
In the open bull riding, Jay Borghero won the night with his winning 87-point ride on Rocky Bobby.
But it wasn't enough to take the title, which belonged to Lawson Nobbs who went into the finals joint leader on 240 points with Sonny Schafferius.
And his second-placed eight-second ride on Jungle Thunder in round one saw him claim the coveted 2015 open bull riding Top Guns buckle.
Lucas McKenzie also went into the rookie bull ride leading on points.
He was unsuccessful on Saturday and didn't claim any points.
But it didn't matter. McKenzie had done more than enough in the preceding nine rounds to claim his first rookie bull riding buckle.
"In his second ride he was on a bull called Trailer Trash and he rode well," GWH arena manager Brian Duggan said.
"But the bull got the better of him in the end and he failed to make an eight-second ride on the night."
The second round of the rookie bull was won by Sam Mason.
But the highlight was Nobbs' second ride in the open bull. He was the last cowboy in the chute and was on board one of CQ's rankest bulls, Chuck Norris.
"He tried hard," Duggan said.
"But the bull, one of the stars of CQ, just had too much firepower."
Chuck Norris is yet to be ridden this season.