CQ fam­ily set­ting a sky-high stan­dard for buck­ing bulls

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Bran­den­burg name is syn­ony­mous with cham­pi­ons.

Dar­ren Bran­den­burg, bet­ter known as Brandy, is a for­mer Aus­tralian Bull Rid­ing and All Round Cham­pion cow­boy.

His wife Brid­get is also an Aus­tralian cham­pion, tak­ing out All Round Cow­girl and Bar­rel Rac­ing.

Their three chil­dren Dakota, Brumby and Dy­lan have all in­her­ited that no fuss, set your goals and do what­ever it takes at­ti­tude.

To­gether they are Bran­den­burg Buck­ing Bulls – proudly one of the PBRA’s lead­ing stock con­trac­tors.

At the re­cent PBR Global Cup held in Sydney, Bran­den­burg Buck­ing Bulls dom­i­nated cen­tre stage.

Top Coun­try Take the Gam­ble was the stand­out. Ev­ery­one ea­gerly watched the match-up be­tween the bull, which to date has not had a qual­i­fied ride made on him, and reign­ing PBR World Cham­pion Jess Lockwood.

At 4.65 sec­onds, The Banger un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously and con­vinc­ingly off­loaded the world cham­pion and his record re­mained in­tact.

Dur­ing the two nights of com­pe­ti­tion, the five judges awarded Top Coun­try Take the Gam­ble the high­est ac­cu­mu­la­tive bull scores, re­sult­ing in the bull be­ing awarded PBRA Buck­ing Bull of the Year.

“You just don’t know what he is go­ing to do,” Dar­ren Bran­den­burg said.

“He can go left, right, leap up in the air, each trip is dif­fer­ent.”

And that is the chal­lenge for the PBR bull rid­ers.

It didn’t stop there, how­ever, for Bran­den­burg Buck­ing Bulls.

Each of the stock con­trac­tors el­i­gi­ble at Global Cup nom­i­nated a bull team and with a $10,000 bonus up for the win­ner, there was not only pride on the line for the worthy con­tenders in the mix.

Bran­den­burg’s team con­sisted not only of the Buck­ing Bull of the Year but also Un­bro­ken and two bulls that orig­i­nated from Ge­orge Hem­pen­stall’s breed­ing pro­gram, Top Coun­try Slam N Jam and Top Coun­try Blos­sum.

The Bran­den­burg Bull team’s 42.83 av­er­age score for the two nights col­lected them top hon­ours.

Next in line was highly re­spected con­trac­tor Throsby and Rus­sell. TNR Buck­ing Bulls has so much depth in its pen of bulls that most will only dream of achiev­ing.

TNR’s team av­er­age of 41.88 was ahead of Wal­lace Buck­ing Bulls, which is re­ally start­ing to see the re­sults of its own breed­ing pro­gram and rounded off the top three bull teams.

“They are just good bull peo­ple, You only have to watch them work with their bulls in the back­yards,” Ge­orge Hem­pen­stall said.

It is a sen­ti­ment shared by many.

The Bran­den­burgs are pas­sion­ate about their live­stock and have shown they will do what­ever it takes to en­sure their care.

The Bran­den­burg Bull Team is al­ways hov­er­ing at the top end of the PBR leader­board.

PHOTO: DOU­BLE DEE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

HOLD­ING ON: Jess Lockwood on Top Coun­try Take the Gam­ble.

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