Buckle goes to lo­cal rider

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

ADRENALINE dripped from the rail­ings and the roar of the crowd vir­tu­ally lifted the roof off the Cairns Con­ven­tion Cen­tre as they cheered on the 22 elite bull rid­ers in Round 1.

Amidst the chink of spurs and thud of heart­beats, si­lence reigned supreme as rid­ers held on tight, while oth­ers were flung high from the equally elite buck­ing bulls.

Ethan Watts rode Moves Like Jag­ger and Nathan Burten­shaw rode Seek and De­stroy to tie with 83.75 points.

Re­gard­ing the boys from Brazil – Jorge Val­diviezo lucked out, Ed­mil­son Gon­calves scored 79 points, Luis Blanco 83, and Robin­son Guedes 82.5.

FNQ lad Sam O’Connor was hot on their boot heels with a score of 82.75 points.

Round 2 brought the roar of the crowd to ear-split­ting heights, send­ing vi­bra­tions rock­et­ing through the grand­stands.

The lead­ers, Watts and Burten­shaw, had tar­gets on their backs as the other 20 bull rid­ers fought it out tooth and nail.

The Brazil­ians fought hard, Robin­son Guedes scor­ing 83 points, but Jorge Val­diviezo, Luis Blanco and Ed­mil­son Gon­calves lucked out.

Lo­cal bull rider Kurt Shep­herd gained the lead to the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the crowd.

The cham­pi­onship round found Shep­herd, Kleier, Robin­son, Wil­liamson, Woodard, Schaf­ferius, Burten­shaw and Watts go­ing head to head in the bat­tle for the ti­tle.

With none of the eight rid­ers mak­ing the eight sec­onds, Kurt Shep­hard showed his home crowd ex­actly how it was done, walk­ing out of the arena with the cham­pion buckle af­ter scor­ing 166.25 points.

Next up on the PBR Australia cal­en­dar is the an­nual Last Cow­boy Stand­ing at the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre. Tick­ets are avail­able from tick­etek.com.au or pbraus­tralia.com.au.

PHOTO: PHILLIP WITTKE

HARD EF­FORT: Kurt Shep­hard was the cham­pion rider at the PBR Cairns In­vi­ta­tional.

PHOTO: PHILLIP WITTKE

Kurt Shep­hard had mem­bers of the crowd on their feet the PBR Cairns In­vi­ta­tional. at

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