Prossie cowboy wins major title in Mount Isa
PROSERPINE cowboy Roy Dunn has claimed the biggest win of his career, triumphing in the bull ride at the Mount Isa Rodeo at the weekend.
Dunn was the only cowboy to score in the short round during Sunday’s final, notching 84 points on Hot Rod to claim a memorable victory.
The win is a huge boost to Dunn’s Rookie of the Year chances, but for the moment he’s relishing the victory at the biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere. “I’m still letting it sink in,” he said.
“I’m trying not to get too high on my horse, keep my mind at ease so I can have a consistent year. The bull I drew in the qualifying round [Boombox] had an off day. He didn’t buck like he usually does and I got scored down for it . Coming into the short round I was way down in seventh. I had to pull something out of the bag to catch up.”
As it turned out Dunn was the only rider to produce a score in the final, but the win looms as just the tip of the iceberg for the exciting cowboy.
Dunn believes the victory will help his bid to win the rookie title.
“It certainly does. With that money I’ve won it puts the pressure on the blokes chasing me,” he said.
“They’re going to be toiling away to catch me the way I’ve been riding lately. It takes the pressure off my shoulders and now I can just concentrate on riding.”
Dunn, who has now won events in Bundaberg, Moranbah and Richmond as well as a third in Nebo, will contest the Bowen Bullarama this weekend before flying to Brisbane for the State of Origin Rodeo with Beau Willis and Ben Gooding.
Fellow Proserpine cowboy Owen Lee also competed in Mount Isa, snaring fourth in the bareback.
“He went really well, finishing fourth in the last round,” Dunn said.
“He picked up about $700 so he was really happy with that.”
YEEHA: Proserpine cowboy Roy Dunn claimed the biggest win of his short career at the weekend, winning the Mount Isa Rodeo. Photo by Dave Ethell.
HANGING ON: Proserpine's Owen Lee takes on Scotty K during the bareback final at the Mount Isa Rodeo at the weekend. Lee finished fourth overall. Photo by Dave Ethell.