Dittman bucking bulls are taking on the PBR circuit
FOR THE third year, Jason Dittmann’s bucking bulls are on the PBR circuit, leaving him and his family no weekends to spare.
But he wouldn’t have it any different.
“It is a passion, you live for it,” Dittmann said.
“I can’t wait to come home to the bulls. They are like your mates, they come up to you and you can pet (some) of them, because you are with them every day.”
A boy from Carmilla, Dittmann got his first taste of the rodeo circuit working for a cattleman at Nebo, who spent his weekend in the arena as a bull clown.
“We started travelling and I started riding and it fell into place,” he said.
After realising he wasn’t going to make it as a bull rider, Dittmann decided to breed bulls.
“I used to make the CRCA finals but no titles,” he said.
“That is why I am a contractor.”
It takes some effort to look after bucking bulls and travel the road with 10 to 12 “athlete” bulls on a truck.
“The biggest thing with the PBR is the animal welfare – all our bulls are well looked after,” Dittmann said.
“It costs a fortune to keep a bucking bull, the grain, feed and nutrition. It is like a boxer – if he isn’t fit, he isn’t going to fight.
“You gotta keep an eye on them. It is a full-time job just feeding them.”
There is no training a bucking bull, said Dittmann. Young riders come up to visit and buck them out in his arena.
“Then I know if they are going to be any good,” he said.
He also has a remote dummy to test their bucking skills, but there is nothing like having “live bait on”.
After doing the hard work for 10 years as an underground miner, Dittmann started his own business in Mackay supplying labour to underground mines.
The business allows him to continue his hobby, as making a living out of breeding bucking bulls is a tough gig.
But the PBR has grown, drawing more and more crowds to the arenas.
“The PBR has grown every year and the bulls are getting better because of the breeding,” Dittmann said.
For the first time, Dittmann, his wife and three children will be travelling to the United States at the end of the year to watch the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.
“They are sending straws back to Australia from the good bulls over there and I am interested to go and see how good they are,” he said.
“I want to see it for myself and see what other contractors do different.
“I am still learning, but last year I became second in the contractor of the year and I have only been doing it for three years.”
The Dittmann family and friends will continue to hit the road with the bulls, enjoying the atmosphere of the PBR family.
“We are like little kids when we know we’re going to the rodeo,” he said.
“We get in the truck and we high five each other.”
READY TO HIT THE ROAD: Neighbour Kerry Bentley helps Jason Dittmann (right) with daily chores looking after the bulls and on the road.
Cody Heffernan on Cloud Jumper. The bull will feature at the Mackay PBR show next month.