Joshua Lock, who scored 80 points in the open bull ride on Rewind to win the event at the Veresdale Hotel Rodeo in December, will be in action at Kyogle. Dianne Essery
Joshua Lock, who scored 80 points in the open bull ride on Rewind to win the event at the Veresdale Hotel Rodeo in December, will be in action at Kyogle. Dianne Essery

Feisty young bulls on show

AN INJECTION of new beasts into the Kyogle Bullride Spectacular will keep the event true to its name.

"A few of our old bulls have retired so this year we've got a string of younger bulls," Kyogle Bullride Spectacular organiser Gary Piggott said.

He said the new unfamiliar bulls, provided by local bull contractor Gary Fuller, will be harder to ride and make the event more spectacular.

Local bull rider Joshua Lock agreed younger bulls would make things tricky.

"The older bulls have a bit more of a set pattern and the younger ones step out of line more," he said.

"They'll be fully grown but a bit more agile."

The Kyogle Bullride Spectacular recently took on a new sponsor, Hogan's Sawmills.

"The more sponsors you get, the more prizemoney you can have. You can draw a better class of rider," Mr Piggott said.

A new sponsor and young bulls aren't the only changes this year.

For the past 14 years, organisers hired arenas from Queensland but recently built their own.

It has allowed them to schedule the event for a day which will not clash with other rodeos and the country's best riders will be able to attend, including former National Rodeo Association bull-riding champion and Kyogle local, David Kennedy.

Mr Piggott said the Kyogle Bullride Spectacular was a family-friendly event and he encouraged parents to bring their children.

"Some kids watch the poddy ride and then they enter next time," he said. "Most good bull riders start in the poddy ride. I remember putting David Kennedy in one when he was a kid and look at him now."

About 1000 people are expected to attend to take in the rodeo action, live music and good food.

Tickets are $25 for families, $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 16. The beasts will buck from 5.30pm.



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