PBR WOWS HUGE CROWD
2500 FLOCK TO HERVEY BAY’S SEAFRONT OVAL FOR PBR AUSTRALIA EVENT
LAST WEEKEND’S predicted wild weather was a glad no-show for the 2500 people who flocked to Hervey Bay’s Seafront Oval for the PBR Australia event.
It was a decision they didn’t regret, as they were treated to some of the best bullriders in the country.
Brutal bull Suicidal went into the event having thrown more than 300 riders off before the eight-second buzzer, and added one more to keep his unblemished record intact.
Kyogle’s Jackson Felton was the poor soul in this instance, and was thrown moments after they exited the gate.
How some of the riders escaped is a near-miracle, as thousands of tonnes of beast thrashed, crashed and kicked about.
In the end it was Justin Paton who stood tall, riding two bulls to finish with an event-winning score of 165.
He was the only rider to conquer two bulls, as at least six others settled for only one.
Beau Willis finished second on 86, with Jason Mara on 85.
Paton, who was one of several riders to take separate entries due to his top-10 rank, finished fourth on his B entries.
Ryan Story and Bryden Atkins tied for 5th on 83, with Cody Heffernan (82.5), pictured above coming off Rockstar, and Dave Kennedy (81) rounding out the top eight.
The huge response means PBR Australia could return to the Fraser Coast next year.
The PBR’s next stop is at Rockhampton on Friday for the Beef Australia PBR Bull Ride.
HANG TIME: Matthew Young holds on to Cheap Trick during his run on Saturday night.
YIKES: Cody Heffernan is thrown by Rockstar in the finals of the Rural Weekly Live PBR Series event at Hervey Bay.
PACKED: More than 2500 went through Seafront Oval’s gates for the event.
Jason Mara on Black Barney.