Kennedy close to tough series

DAVE KENNEDY could be one bull away from earning a call-up to the world’s most lucrative bull riding circuit – the Built Ford Tough series in the United States.

The Kyogle cowboy will head to Toowoomba for the fourth leg of the PBR Australia series next week knowing that a win will almost certainly earn him a ticket to the States.

Kennedy is currently ranked No 38 worldwide and only has to stay inside the top-40 in order to make the cut which happens in the next fortnight.

The 26-year-old is pressing hard for promotion to the big time with the knowledge that there is only a certain window of opportunity in his demanding sport.

“I am half-way through my career as a bull-rider now, so it is time to get fair dinkum about it,” Kennedy said.

“I have put in the hard work and now feel as strong and fit as ever.”

The 2009 Australian champion travelled to the United States in the off-season to catch a glimpse of what awaits and left confident that he can make an impact.

“I went over to have a look at the competition and I can’t see why I won’t be able to compete at that level,” he said.

“There are a few other Aussies over there having a red-hot go and I can’t wait to join them.”

And he wont be wasting any time if he does get the call up.

“I will be packing my bags and jumping on a plane the next day,” he said.

But before that, he needs to take care of business here in Australia.

Kennedy will go into the Toowoomba event in red-hot form after claiming victory in Marrabel, South Australia, over the weekend with a 90-point ride in the championship round. A repeat of that performance should be enough to earn him a ticket to his dream.

The PBR series ranks bullriders worldwide and every six weeks a cut is made where any cowboy who has entered the top-40 joins the Built Ford Tough series in the States, while those whose rank has fallen drop out.

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