Dunn is triumphant in Rockhampton
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.