Kyogle bull rider Dave Kennedy won his third Professional Bull Riders of Australia championship in Sydney.
Kyogle bull rider Dave Kennedy won his third Professional Bull Riders of Australia championship in Sydney. Diane Essery

Three times a champion

KYOGLE bull rider David Kennedy will go down in history as the first person to win three Professional Bull Riders Australia championships.

On Saturday in Sydney, Mr Kennedy held off 19-year-old Lachlan Richardson to claim the title for the third time in four years.

"It's great, I can't put it into words," he said.

"All I want to be remembered by when I'm gone is a good bull rider who won three PBR Australia championships."

Mr Kennedy said he had to work harder this year for the title than the two prior.

"This was the toughest year," he said. "Lachlan Richardson was riding red hot and it took all I had to beat him."

Over a number of months, PBR Australia held a series of events around the country and the rider with the most points at the end of the last round won the title.

Mr Kennedy said his experience gave him an edge.

"If you want to be a champion, it starts from the very first bull ride," he said.

"I put my success down to being consistent from the very start to the end."

Last year, Mr Kennedy competed overseas before getting injured and having to return home. And now, with a three-week-old newborn to look after, he has decided to focus on riding bulls in Australia in the immediate future. The champion will also run a bull riding workshop at Alstonville Showgrounds at the weekend.

"The way I like to explain it is, it's just like an apprentice in the work force," he said. "We'll be teaching them the correct things to do right from the start and how to do it as safe as possible."

The workshop open to people of all ages and bulls will be supplied.

 

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Australian Professional Rodeo Association champion 2008 and 2011.

Professional Bull Riders Australia champion 2009, 2010 and 2012.



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