Cowboy claims sweet revenge
SOME cowboys had the ride of their lives while others were happy simply to walk away alive at the Bull and Bronc Spectacular at Cudgen on Saturday night.
The clowns had their work cut out on a fast and furious night at the Cudgen Leagues Club event.
The tone for the night was set early when Mount Walker clown Rob Murphy was tossed up against the chutes by the second bull of the evening.
The last time Warwick's Damian Clarke rode Little Outback, he was knocked out, so when he drew the same beast on Saturday night, it was time to settle the scores in front of an enthusiastic 1000-strong crowd.
Clarke proved the most adept at taming Kerry Hall's bucking bulls, squaring the ledger with an 81.5-point ride to win the Open Bull Ride.
“When I found out the draw last Thursday I was very happy to have drawn Little Outback,” Clarke said.
“The last time I rode him he knocked me out and I was determined to get back on and ride him out for the eight seconds.”
Kyogle's David Kennedy, the Australian Professional Bull Riding champion for the past two years, finished second with a score of 79.5pts for his ride on Home and Away.
Jimboomba cowboy Bryce Daly won the Novice event with a 74pt ride, and also took out the Junior Bull Ride with 75pts.
New Zealander Mike Parsons scored 68pts for his ride on Big Deal to win the Saddle Bronc title, while Tara's Dinny Moran took out the Bareback Bronc title with the 72.5pt ride of his life on City Life who bucked hard out of the chutes.