Storey takes Open Bull title
YOU have to feel for Rockhampton Cowboy Russel Cox who recorded one of the best scores of his career only to finish as runner-up in the Open Bull Ride.
Cox scored a massive 87 points on the Brian Duggan bull Prison Break but it turned out to be not good enough to edge to victory over Ryan Storey.
Usually a score in the early eighties is enough to secure the major prize but on Friday night at the Great Western’s Nissan Navara Arena he missed out as Storey rode another Duggan bull, Goody’s Titanic, for 88 points.
“They were two very good rides,” Duggan confirmed.
As always the percentages of success favoured the bulls with just three of 14 riders hearing the eight second bell while retaining an upright position.
Third place went to Justin Paton who rode one of the favourite Duggan bulls, Spook, for 79 points.
While the evening provided its usual glut of thrills and spills, Duggan reported that none of the cowboys, or cowgirls, suffered injury.
In the Junior Bull Ride Harry Lawton did his best to change this trend.
Riding a bull with the misleading name of Fairy Bower Special the young cowboy had a bit of bad luck when the bucking bovine slipped and rolled.
With something like 800kg rolling around the arena it is not a good place to be, especially when you are just a fraction of that weight.
“He got a re-ride,” Duggan said in his sympathetic way.
Last week the name Jesse Van Nek made the headlines when he took the Rookie of the Year Title at the finals of the Professional Bull Riders.
This week the accolades belonged to his younger brother who was dominant in the Junior and Rookie sections of this CRCA backed rodeo.
In the Rookie section his 79 point ride was too good for the field with Ben Webb taking the cheque for second place with a 75 point ride.
A newcomer to the area caused a stir in the Ladies Barrel Race with Kesley Pott 0.052 seconds quicker than her nearest competitor Makayla Saunders.
Those two cowgirls were well clear of the rest of the field with Jodie Cragg and Stefi Roberts taking out the third and fourth spots.
Sam Spencer won the Steer Ride while it wouldn’t be a Great Western show without the stars of the future strutting their stuff in the Poddy Ride.
While there are no losers in this section, Harrison Rideout was very impressive in his 64 point ride.
BULLS & BARRELS
- Open Bull Ride. 1: Ryan Storey 88, 2: Russel Cox 87.
- Rookie Bull Ride. 1: Leannard Van Nek 79 2: Ben Webb 75.
- Junior Bull Ride. 1: Leannard Van Nek 78.
- Steer Ride. 1: Sam Spencer 74.
- Poddy Ride. 1: Harrison Rideout 64, 2: Patrick Turner 60.
- Ladies Barrel Race. 1: Kesley Pott 12.422 sec, 2: Makayla Saunders 12.474 sec.
- Rookie. 1: Louise Charlton 12.774 sec