Con­trac­tors en­sure the rodeo is here to stay in town

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BK BUCK­ING Bulls’ Brian and Kerri King were in attendance at the Mun­dub­bera Show con­tract­ing their bulls for the rodeo.

“It was the first time that the Na­tional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion (NRA) has been to Mun­dub­bera and we got re­ally good nom­i­na­tions which was great,” Mrs King said.

“We’ve been con­tract­ing for 11 years and we breed the bulls as well.

“What we have is a cir­cuit. It’s a cir­cuit of shows that you at­tend from the Gold Coast to Cairns, and what hap­pens is you ten­der for a rodeo, con­tract­ing your bulls to the show.”

The shows fea­ture more than 100 bulls purely bred by Kerri and Brian King.

“We have a re­ally good breed­ing pro­gram and have a lot of im­ported blood lines, we’re ac­tu­ally a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can ABBI pro­gram which is a breed­ing pro­gram,” Mrs King said.

“A lot of time and ef­fort goes into what we do.”

Hav­ing never rid­den a bull in his life, Mr King ex­plained how he be­came a well recog­nised con­trac­tor.

“I never rode bulls, I rode horses when I was young, I rode bul­locks when at the lo­cal rodeo,” Mr King said.

“Our lo­cal shows back then in­volved bullock rides just for fun in the mid­dle of the day.

“It’s nice to have the best bulls you can get go­ing around for the cow­boys to get on, you don’t want all the bulls to throw them all off, you need bulls that they can ride.”

As a con­trac­tor Mr King ad­mits the bal­ance can be hard.

“If you took bulls ev­ery week­end and they threw ev­ery­body off, you would be­gin to have less rid­ers tak­ing part in the rodeo,” Mr King said.

“You have to sup­ply a happy medium.”

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