CQ family setting a sky-high standard for bucking bulls
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.
HOLDING ON: Jess Lockwood on Top Country Take the Gamble.