PBR to hit Emerald
IT'S time to dust off the Wranglers and pull on your boots for an evening of entertainment as the Professional Bull Riders national tour delivers its third round of the Rural Weekly Live Series.
Accomplished bull riders will all be hoping to secure a victory when pitted against some of the most extreme bucking bulls on the circuit.
Bauhinia's Troy Dunne is gearing up for the PBR action and is bringing about 17 of his best bulls.
"It's got to be the pinnacle of bull riding," he said.
"It's where the best bulls (are) put to the best riders so it gives us the opportunity to test our stock.
"We've got some good ones selected for the short go (Championship Round).
"We are very passionate and we like our bulls...we are into breeding them."
When the chute flies open an impressive line-up of bulls, such as Mr Dunne's The Hump, will come exploding out.
"He has only ever had one qualified ride made on him - that was by Lachlan Richardson in Cairns earlier this year," Mr Dunne said.
"That's the only time someone has ridden him."
The Hump is confirmed to be in the Championship Round of the competition, with the series offering a $20,000 cash bonus at the Brisbane Finale scheduled for July 18 next year.
Mr Dunne said he and his son Tony were working around the clock to get the bulls ready for Saturday.
"The main thing is nutrition," he said.
"We feed them grain.
"We always keep the bulls calm and relaxed before the event. They are like athletes."
Some bulls are bred specifically for events like this, Mr Dunne added.
"They are bred to buck, it's in their bloodlines," he said.
"You can't make them buck, if they don't want to."