Proserpine cowboys headed for National Finals
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.