Sizzling rodeo rides
IT HAS to be a hot night at the rodeo when two of contractor Brian Duggan's best beasts are conquered.
At Friday night's Top Guns Bulls and Barrels Rodeo, the Open Bull Ride was settled by the best qualifying scores and followed by a shoot-out.
There's a heavy schedule for cowboys at this time of year with many going to last weekend's rodeo at Cloncurry and then backing up for the big one at Mount Isa.
Nevertheless what the event at the Great Western's Nissan Navara Arena lost in numbers it gained in quality with some of the finest bull riders in Central Queensland taking part.
Matt Postle is one of the toughest on the circuit and got the crowd excited in the opening round with a massive 85-point ride on the fast bucking beast Great Western.
That propelled Postle into the shoot-out with two other successful riders Russell Cox and Ryan Storey who finished second and third respectively.
As there had been only three successful rides in the opening round, a draw was conducted to find the fourth cowboy, but it mattered little as when Storey stepped up, he was too hot to beat.
Having ridden his first bull for 76 points to make the shoot-out, Storey was handed a far tougher prospect when he drew Western Star.
The beauty of drawing a tough beast is that if a cowboy is still on board at the end of eight seconds, then he reaps the rewards.
Storey did just that to take the extra prize money from the shoot-out with a score of 87 points.
While some of his best bulls were ridden, Duggan did gain satisfaction as Goody's Titanic bucked to expectation and made the life of Charlie Boyd miserable as he crashed to a no-score within the first couple of seconds.
“He told me he was quite dizzy after the ride,” the sympathetic Duggan recalled.
The Steer Ride turned rough with two young cowboys Leslie Kimber and Travis Oliver requiring treatment after being trampled.
In the Rookie bull ride, Gladstone's Russell Bennett took out the win with 75 points on a bull named Hot Rod.
The consistent Harry Hoffman was again in form and claimed the Junior Bull Ride while in the Ladies Barrel Race, PJ Hanrahan, formerly PJ Symes, was the star performer.
Duggan said the Poddy Ride attracted nine competitors and they too put on a good show.
Open Bull Ride: 1: Matt Postle, 2: Russell Cox, 3: Ryan Storey
Shoot-out: winner Ryan Storey 87 points
Rookie Bull Ride: Russell Bennett
Junior Bull Ride: Harry Hoffman
Steer and Poddy: not available
Ladies Barrel Race: PJ Hanrahan