Dunn is tri­umphant in Rock­hamp­ton

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

IT HAS been a good week for Proser­pine cow­boys Roy Dunn and Owen Lee, with the for­mer claim­ing victory in the Beef Australia PBR on Fri­day night.

The 25-year-old de­liv­ered the high­est marked ride of the event, scor­ing 88.5 in the cham­pi­onship round to lift his over­all to­tal to 174 points.

“I was wor­ried go­ing into the event be­cause I hadn’t done any­thing since Easter. I hadn’t worked out or trained, I’d just been work­ing and look­ing af­ter some in­juries,” Dunn ex­plained.

Dunn had been bat­tling rib, knee and hand in­juries but man­aged to over­come them with a ster­ling ride on Jackie Howe.

“I got on him in Emer­ald in the short round and he gave me a good jerk so I wasn’t too ex­cited to get on him,” he said.

“But un­cle Trevor told me to ‘en­joy ev­ery bit of what you’ve got at the mo­ment and it will come to ya’. That’s what I did, I had fun and it all played out on the right card for me.”

While the win and pock­et­ing $4000 as well as a new buckle was rea­son enough to smile, Dunn said get­ting praise from his un­cle was the best as­pect.

“I was more im­pressed to get praise from him than the ac­tual ride – he gives me credit where credit’s due,” Dunn said.

“The fact that you hear your men­tor say ‘that’s one rank bull you rode’ and that he couldn’t stop think­ing about it, that’s some­thing you look for­ward to hear­ing from some­one you looked up to all your life.”

This week Dunn and Lee were also of­fi­cially ac­knowl­edged for win­ning the rookie of the year ti­tles in the bull and bare­back rid­ing di­vi­sions re­spec­tively.

Dunn heads to Nebo on May 23 when the Australia Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion cir­cuit con­tin­ues.

He will then take on the Mount Isa PBR Tour­ing Pro on June 19.

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