Kennedy on a roll
AFTER travelling to Las Vegas recently to compete in the recent PBR Built Ford Tough Professional Bull Riders world finals, Dave Kennedy is preparing to snatch first place in the Australian PBR finals this weekend.
Kennedy, from Kyogle, is currently sitting top of the leader board after the former first-placed rider was unable to compete in the finals due to competing in too few events in the series.
Currently he is also $4000 ahead of the second-placed rider, putting him in prime position to take out victory at the championship finals at Tamworth this weekend.
“I think I stand a pretty good chance of winning,” Kennedy said.
“Tamworth is like bull riding in a rock star environment; it’s really entertaining with fireworks and a replay screen, and even people who don’t like bull riding come away enjoying themselves.”
Kennedy said there was some tough competition in the event, with the top rider from Canada and four of the best from the US joining the fray alongside the best 35 Australian bull riders.
“We get on two bulls and then the top 15 from the first two rides get to get on another bull,” he said.
And with his first bull being Pillowtalk, Kennedy is confident he will make it through to the top 15.
“We all sort of like to get on him, he bucks well, but isn’t the hardest bull there to ride,” he said.
He will find out his other ride on Saturday morning, but Kennedy already has two bulls in mind that he’d like to try – Wild Thing and Lab Rat.
“I want to try Wild Thing because he’s thrown me off before,” he said. “I like getting on the best ones because you get to see how good you are.”
And with so many good riders there, getting the tougher, higher scoring bulls could make or break Kennedy’s ride.
“The bull is half your score so you have to get the good ones to win,” he said.
With the Canadian finals the following weekend on December 5, Kennedy has been doing a bit of extra preparation for the upcoming competitions.
“I’ve just been working out a little bit more and doing a few bull rides,” he said.
Meanwhile, a broken ankle is still proving to be an issue for Kennedy despite his tough ‘keep on going’ attitude.
“It got knocked around again last weekend but it’s not too bad,” he said.
“Once the adrenalin gets going you don’t even notice it.”