Cowboys up for challenge

THE cowboys are coming to the Gold Coast and it has nothing to do with a rugby league game against the Titans.

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre will be transformed into a rodeo arena tomorrow night and again on and Saturday night when some of Australia's best bull riders compete against a team of international cowboys in the 2009 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Challenge.

Leading the Australian charge will be Kempsey cowboy Pete Farley, the 2008 PBR Australian champion.

Farley steered Australia to back-to-back victories in the opening two events of the series in Townsville and Newcastle and is looking for the hat-trick.

Farley is joined by Wagga Wagga's Rhys Angland and Newcastle's Tom McCallum, who are ranked fourth and fifth respectively on the PBR Australia standings.

Kyogle rider David Kennedy is also part of the 10-man Australian team.

Kennedy is No.3on the PBR national rankings after finishing third in the individual events in Townsville and again in Newcastle.

The 10-man international team includes America's 2001 PBR World Finals champion Luke Snyder and Mexican superstar Rocky McDonald.

Tomorrow night's event is a team event with points from the cowboys' two rides added to the overall team score while on Saturday night the cowboys will compete as individuals for a slice of $50,000 prize money.

The action starts at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre tomorrow night from 7.30pm. Tickets available from Ticketek 132 849.



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