Lethal by name, and nature

FORMER national bull riding champion Dave Kennedy has escaped serious injury after being horned by the bull Lethal Injection at the National Finals Rodeo on the Gold Coast.

Competing in his last event before relocating to North America where he will challenge for a share of the richest pro rodeo purse on the planet, Kennedy could only manage to ride one of the five bulls he drew.

His only score of 78 was enough to see him finish in the top half of the draw – in sixth place – on a tough night for the cowboys.

Only eight of the nation’s top 15 bull riders managed to stay on board for the eight seconds, with Kennedy’s fourth-round spill one of the biggest of the event.

The Kyogle cocky drew 2008 bull of the year Lethal Injection – a steed that had only been ridden once in the past year.

Kennedy has a history with the bull, having ridden him and scored 92 at the Mullumbimby rodeo when the bull was at the peak of its powers.

But this time Kennedy wouldn’t be so lucky.

Lethal Injection launched out of the chute with Kennedy clinging on for three rounds before being dislodged – speared into the dirt at around six seconds.

Victorious, the bull then charged and horned the prone cowboy in the back.

Kennedy escaped without serious injury and is now resting up before his US assault.



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