Come along for ride of your life

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

HOW do you know when a pro­fes­sional bull rider is ready to jump on the beast in front of thou­sands of cheer­ing fans?

Like most other sports, the path to be­com­ing a part of the Pro­fes­sional Bull Rid­ing Tour re­quires hard work and per­sis­tence.

You’re in the top 40 in the coun­try, and travel right across it com­pet­ing and en­ter­tain­ing.

Thanks to Aus­tralian Re­gional Me­dia, pub­lisher of Ru­ral Weekly and the Town & Coun­try, that com­pe­ti­tion is com­ing to Her­vey Bay’s Seafront Oval this Satur­day.

ARM has teamed up with PBR Australia to de­liver an adren­a­line-filled se­ries of bull rid­ing events around the re­gion.

Top bull rid­ers will be chas­ing valu­able com­pe­ti­tion points plus an ARM prize bonus of $20,000.

Pro­fes­sional Bull Rid­ing Australia gen­eral manager Glen Young said there was never a favourite in this sport.

“I’ve been in­volved in the sport since it first started and I’ve never been able to pick a win­ner of an event,” he said.

So how do you qual­ify for the tour?

“In Australia kids will get started rid­ing steers and ju­nior bulls,” Young said.

“When they’re win­ning there then they’ll come and test them­selves on the PBR tour.

“They’ll keep en­ter­ing un­til they qual­ify (in the top 40).”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HOLD­ING ON: Rider Troy Wilkin­son stays on GB Su­per Hor­net at In­n­is­fail.

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