Tony is Dunne and dusted
DON'T ask Tony Dunne to ride a bull. For a man who admits a big portion of his life is working with bovines, the thought of actually jumping on the back of a beast for an eight-second mystery trip is not what he sees as a good idea.
"I've never ever got on a bull," he admitted. "It has never really excited me.
"Bringing them along, that does excite me. My dad had bulls and I took over from him."
These days Dunne has plenty to excite him as he is rearing a number of quality bucking bulls from the family's Duaringa property.
Once upon a time raising bulls for rodeo was considered to be a pastime or at best a sideline but Dunne said it has become more than that as demands become greater in the growing sport of bull riding.
"I just raise bulls and watch them grow and buck," he said.
"I like to see my bulls buck well."
Dunne doesn't get overly thrilled to see his bulls tip a willing cowboy into the dirt before hearing the eight-second bell ring.
"I get a lot more reward from seeing (the cowboy claim) a high score," he said.
One that is doing an outstanding job at the moment is the bull named That's Gold.
"He's got it all," Dunne enthused. "He kicks hard and spins fast."
That's Gold was raised from a good bull, of Dunne's father, named Charlie, which has proved to be a winner at stud as well as a bucking bull.
"He's (That's Gold) got a brother named Walkin' Tall that's going well," he said.
Also, there are a few handy half-brothers to That's Gold that are capable of testing cowboys.
Along with regular stock contractor Brian Duggan, Dunne will have a number of bulls on show over the two nights of the Goody's Earthmoving New Year's Showdown including That's Gold, a bull with the misleading name of Little Brother and also Infantryman.
"That's Gold has not been ridden by any of the local fellas," Dunne said.
"He's had a couple of Australian champions and American cowboys on him."
Another feature of the New Year show will be the re-appearance of New South Wales rodeo clown Al Wilson.
Last year Wilson was a popular part of the show and certainly has a knack of getting the audience involved, especially the younger ones.
The junior rides begin at 5pm and senior competition at 7.30pm both today and tomorrow.