Dingo cowboy claims his eight seconds of fame
RODEO: BEN Seeds jumped on the back of Black and Decker, a 900kg bull, with the fearlessness and clunky finesse of a child swinging from the monkey bars.
Crouching on the bull's back, the Dingo cowboy brought his knees to his chest and gave the nod.
Despite the booming rock music, the fans' endless shouting and the occasional whistle, Seeds focused.
The gate opened and he and his bull sprang into action, both bodies jerking and heaving.
In eight seconds his ride was over.
More than 2000 spectators flocked to the Great Western Hotel to witness Seeds take out the open men's event at the Beef City Invitational 10s, with a top score of 87 points.
GWH arena manager Brian Duggan said Jared Borghero was close behind with an 86 point ride, but no one could match Seeds' performance in the marquee event.
"He's been riding for quite a few years but he's a good young bloke coming through the ranks as one of the top riders in Australia," Duggan said.
"If he was riding professionally I have no doubt you'd see him right up there."
Bull of the Year, Chuck Norris, made the life of professional bull rider Roy Dunn miserable as he crashed to a no-score.
"It was good to see one of the local bulls really perform," Duggan said.
"He bucked him off in the final round, after Roy had taken out the PBR event on Friday night," he said.
In other bull-riding events, Jesse Wade was the last man standing in the Rookie Bull section with Davin Plummer scoring the highest to win the Junior Bull ride.
Ky Hamilton was in top form in the Steer Ride, proving too strong for local cowboy Cody Foxlee.
The equine events were Dave Worsfold (bareback), Clayton Hoch (saddle bronc), Jamie Lee Williams (barrels) and Maddyson Caben (junior barrels).
Shane Iker was back to his formidable best with a double-victory in the tie down roping and steer wrestling.
"The steers were very tough, which made it a very entertaining event," Duggan said.
The new arena sent both the riders and bulls into panic, recording plenty of bumps and bruises.
"It was a tough night for riders with only a handful of riders making the eight seconds," Duggan said.
"The action started at 5pm and didn't stop. We catered to 214 competitors," he said.
"It was a fantastic night, great atmosphere ..."