Proser­pine cow­boys headed for Na­tional Fi­nals

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

PROSER­PINE cow­boys Roy Dunn and Owen Lee have ex­celled on the Easter Run ahead of the Na­tional Fi­nals in Ca­bool­ture next week.

Dunn – whose un­cle Troy was the 1998 World Pro­fes­sional Bull Rid­ing Cham­pion – en­joyed a par­tic­u­larly fruit­ful Easter weekend in Vic­to­ria’s west, com­plet­ing all four rodeos in the cir­cuit to con­sol­i­date his po­si­tion in the top 15 Open Bull Rid­ers – based on prize win­nings for the year.

Dunn man­aged a sec­ond in the Great Western Rodeo (Good Fri­day) Open Bull Ride and third in the Novice Bull Ride be­fore adding a fourth plac­ing (Open Bull Ride) on Satur­day in Omeo.

Easter Sun­day was an off day for Dunn at the Buchan Rodeo but he bounced back like a true cham­pion on Easter Mon­day, win­ning the Rookie Bull Ride at the Lang Lang Rodeo.

Af­ter win­ning close to $1500 over the weekend, Dunn’s rank­ing shot up to 13th to ce­ment his berth at the Na­tional Fi­nals in Ca­bool­ture (start­ing April 30).

“I was sit­ting 15th [be­fore Easter] so I needed to make a bit of money to se­cure a spot [at the Na­tional Fi­nals],” Dunn ex­plained. “Now I’m up in 13th and feel­ing re­ally good. I’ve been rid­ing con­sis­tently lately and I’m def­i­nitely con­fi­dent I can pull some­thing out of the bag.”

Dunn’s trav­el­ling part­ner Owen Lee was also im­pres­sive over the Easter Run, con­test­ing the Open Bare­back events – con­sid­ered the sui­cide event of rodeo.

Lee is in his first year of rid­ing the mean­est buck­ing horses in the open di­vi­sion, yet still man­aged to con­sol­i­date his po­si­tion in the top 15 Open Bare­back rid­ers – also book­ing his trip to Ca­bool­ture for the Na­tional Fi­nals. Lee (ranked 14th) fin­ished sec­ond and third re­spec­tively in the Great Western Rodeo and Omeo Rodeo’s Open Bare­back events, be­fore adding an­other bronze at Buchan’s rodeo on Easter Sun­day.

Dunn said it was com­fort­ing to have a fel­low Proser­pine cow­boy to con­quer the ar­du­ous rodeo cir­cuit with.

“It’s good to have some­one around from this re­gion be­cause our sport is so un­recog­nised on the coast,” he said.

“Hope­fully the rest of the year I’ll be chas­ing a rookie ti­tle with Owen.”

RODEO TALENT: Proser­pine cow­boys Roy Dunn and Owen Lee are set to make their mark in Aus­tralian rodeo. They are pic­tured here at the fa­mous Lang Lang Rodeo in Vic­to­ria on Easter Mon­day.

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