IT was bulls and blood, dust and mud Brooks-style at the weekend as the country’s best cowboys landed in Dartmoor to test their mettle against Ron Woodall’s roughstock.
The crowd wasn’t disappointed as local Ian Molan of Lyons hit his stride to take out the open bull ride over Queensland’s Cody Teece.
It was a local showing in the women’s events also, with Dartmoor’s Kristy McLean and Winnap’s Tammy Woodall taking first and second in the barrels; Tammy also made best time and points in the junior barrel race.
Former WA expat, now local boy Chris Young, has been bull riding for six years and came to Victoria to compete in the Rodeo Services Association open bull events.
On Saturday night Young said he was looking forward to having a dip at the bull Terminator, after drawing the beast for the second week in a row.
“I’ve drawn a bull that was the (Professional Bull Riders) bull of the event a few months ago; I rode him last weekend (in Wilmington) and he bucked me off, so I’m looking forward to having another go,” Young said.
The seasoned circuit rider also had high praise for the Dartmoor event.
“It’s a big one for the footy club … it’s a good showcase of a rodeo,” Young said.
“It’s just that adrenaline rush, the same as big wave surfing or motocross, it’s just being out on the edge and if it all goes well and you stay in control … there’s no other feeling that can match it.”
His enthusiasm wasn’t enough, unfortunately, to draw the winning points or time.
See today’s Spectator photo spread of all the action.