Rodeo in­juries the high­est

The dan­gers are real dur­ing show

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Coquerand

RODEO: Three rid­ers were in­jured at this year’s Mun­dub­bera Show rodeo, prompt­ing au­thor­i­ties to be on alert as the bull rid­ing be­came a dan­ger­ous mis­sion.

With an am­bu­lance on scene, the rid­ers were stretchered off the arena by St John’s Am­bu­lance work­ers and a para­medic.

Mun­dub­bera rodeo or­gan­iser Dud­ley Pott said this year’s rodeo had proven more dan­ger­ous than pre­vi­ous events.

“We had a bad run this time with in­juries, but usu­ally you’d be lucky to get away with just one in­jury, not three in the same day,” Pott said.

“It’s a dan­ger­ous com­pe­ti­tion and the bulls were of top qual­ity, so for some rid­ers, these in­ci­dents just hap­pened.”

A Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesper­son said the rid­ers were taken to hospi­tal with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

“We can con­firm three peo­ple were in­jured at the rodeo, but one of the in­jured has now been cleared,” the spokesper­son said.

“A 20-year-old man was flown to Bris­bane with a frac­tured jaw and a 26-year-old man was taken to Gayn­dah hospi­tal with a frac­tured leg.”

Pott said nom­i­na­tions for the rodeo this year had im­proved.

“I be­lieve the numbers are con­stantly im­prov­ing, we were im­pressed with the nom­i­na­tions we had for this year’s Mun­dub­bera show,” he said.

“It’s an even bet­ter event as lo­cal boy Lane Mellers took out two com­pe­ti­tions on his birth­day.”

BK Buck­ing Bulls’ Kerri and Brian King were con­trac­tors for the event and said it was well run.

“Mun­dub­bera was our first one and I thought it went very well, we had re­ally good sup­port from the com­mu­nity,” Kerri said.

“I’m hop­ing each year it will start im­prov­ing and we can in­crease the amount of rid­ers at­tend­ing the rodeo event, it will be big­ger and bet­ter in 2018.

“Over­all I’m very happy with how the rodeo went at the week­end.”

Tak­ing out the Poddy ride com­pe­ti­tion was Nash Mellers.

Clay Hall won the Ju­niors and 18-year-old Lane Mellers took out both the Novice and Open com­pe­ti­tions at the week­end.

It was the first year that the Na­tional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion came to Mun­dub­bera and a to­tal of 45 rid­ers com­peted.

RISKY BUSI­NESS: A bull rider in ac­tion at the Mun­dub­bera Show, up against strong com­peti­tors this year. PHOTOS: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

The poddy just didn’t want to move.

The bull was fierce and the judges were get­ting away the best they could.

One of the judges makes a quick exit as the bull nears.

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