Ray West with one of the buckles up for grabs tonight and tomorrow in the bucking bull competition at The Great Western.
Ray West with one of the buckles up for grabs tonight and tomorrow in the bucking bull competition at The Great Western. CHRIS ISON CI

Bulls get top billing

IN this bull riding competition there will be no rope and tie event, no steer racing and no barrel racing – the competition isn’t even about the cowboys.

No, this rodeo is about the bulls.

Tonight will hold the Great Western Arena’s first rodeo that acts as a competition solely for the bulls with the cowboys taking the back seat.

The Classic Bull title will start tonight at 7pm with bulls competing strictly between the ages of three to four.

The competition will pick up again tomorrow with the Futurity Bull title that will judge bulls from two years and under with more than 60 bulls in total for the two-day event.

Rockhampton’s Ray West will be entering his 13-month-old bull, “Reindeer Spottins”, into the futurity event on Saturday.

“It’s basically competition run for the bulls only,” he said.

“It’s a chance for contractors to come out or even allow people who breed bulls to showcase them.”

The classic bull riding tonight will have cowboys riding the bulls, but Brian Duggan of the Great Western Arena said the competition between the cowboys would not be fierce.

“It’s all about the bulls,” he said.

“The bulls need to have riders on them so the riders will also be competing as well – it’s like horse racing they need the jockeys.”

In tomorrow night’s event the young bulls will be too small for riders and therefore will have a mechanical dummy attached to their backs.

“The dummy will act just like a rider and will get them to buck, it weighs about 15kg,” he said.

Bulls will travel from Warwick, Charters Towers and Dalby with the best-known contractors to join them.

Duggan said this was the first year they had held such an event and he said he hoped it was successful so that Rockhampton could hold three to four each year.

Duggan said the rodeo would attract a completely different crowd, but would be none-the-less entertaining.

Next weekend it will be the PBR Nationals.



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