Bathurst Bullride sure to be a belter

Tough as nails: It takes a large amount of courage and just as much skill to be able to climb on board a bucking bull and last the full eight seconds needed for a score. Photo: File.
Tough as nails: It takes a large amount of courage and just as much skill to be able to climb on board a bucking bull and last the full eight seconds needed for a score. Photo: File.

If you think a crowd gets excited for some action, you should be a competitor. It's a thrill per second when you are dealing with bull riding and this years Royal Bathurst Show Bullride promises plenty of gritty riding and spectacular spills. Kicking off at 1.30pm on Sunday, May 5, the ABCRA affiliated Bullride has more than just prize money and trophies on offer, it has pride and bragging rights ready for the cowboy or cowgirl who can last the eight seconds and put on one heck of a show doing it.

Test of Time: Eight seconds is a short amount of time unless you are trying to stay on the back of a bucking bull. Photo: File.

Test of Time: Eight seconds is a short amount of time unless you are trying to stay on the back of a bucking bull. Photo: File.

With entries now closed, Bullride Head Steward, Lance Bonham, said they have received some solid entries. "We've got good numbers for the different categories including Open Bull, Novice Bull and the carious age groups for the steer rides," he said. "There's plenty of experience between the riders so it should be a close contest".

The stock for the Bullride will be provided by Running Stream's L&M Rodeo Company and Lance said the crowd are in for a treat. "The stock have been on the rodeo circuit with a few bulls going close to claiming Bucking Bull of the Year, so the crowd will get a great show and the riders will certainly have their skills tested".

Helpful Heroes: When it comes down to it, bull fighters are some of the most important people at a rodeo, keeping riders safe. Photo: File.

Helpful Heroes: When it comes down to it, bull fighters are some of the most important people at a rodeo, keeping riders safe. Photo: File.

It's getting into the business part of the season for riders, with the Royal Bathurst Show Bullride forming part of the Southern Zone Circuit, and competitors will be riding for points in the hope of competing at the National Finals in Tamworth.

The prizes for those brave enough to try and last the eight seconds required include a Trophy Buckle which is awarded to the Highest Point Score in Open Bullride. The winner of the Open Bullride will also receive $2,000 in prize money with the champion Novice Bullride will take home $1000. The winners of the Junior Bull (14 to under 18) will receive $300, $150 for Junior Steer (11 to under 14), while Junior Steer (8 to under 11) will take home $120.

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