Prossie cow­boy wins ma­jor ti­tle in Mount Isa

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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 [74]. 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.

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