Thomas Bruggy, 22, riding Rush Hour at a recent rodeo.
Thomas Bruggy, 22, riding Rush Hour at a recent rodeo.

Alstonville rodeo has everyone jumpimg

By MARY MANN mary.mann@northernstar.com.au THERE will be ‘one mean, ugly critter’ at the Alstonville Rodeo tomorrow night.

The big, bad bull they call Jungle Rumble has never been ridden – but one lucky person will have the chance to jump up and hold on for dear life.

If they can handle the rough ride for eight seconds, they win $1000.

Alstonville Rodeo Inc president Tony Rippon said the feature ride would be a highlight of the show.

“He’s never been ridden,” Mr Rippon said. “All the scoring riders on the night will get their names put in a hat, and whoever is picked out will have the chance to ride for $1000.”

One young bullrider who may get the chance to take up the challenge is 22-year-old Thomas Bruggy. He’s been riding bulls since he was 12.

His dad used to ride them, too – and he now breeds them at Bonalbo.

“I just love the adrenalin of it,” he said. “I missed last year because of other commitments, but now I’m ready to get back into it at Alstonville this weekend.”

The event will be held at the Alstonville Showground tomorrow night. Gates open at 3pm and the action will start about 4.30pm.

You can watch bullriders and there will be whip cracking, mechanical cow rides, a ute show and a full bar and barbecue.

There will be no horses this year because of restrictions imposed by the horse flu, but Mr Rippon said he hoped to have the full program up and running again next year. Entry costs $15 for adults, or $30 for a family.



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