News

Writer's explosive bullriding debut

HEART PUMPING: Alex Harmon gets ready to ride a bull for the first time.
HEART PUMPING: Alex Harmon gets ready to ride a bull for the first time. Contributed

NOW here's something to write about.

Alex Harmon's day job is as a writer for TNT Magazine but it seems her weekend profession may well be as a bullrider.

Originally from Sydney, Ms Harmon was last month visiting Rockhampton for some R&R and decided that while in Rocky, do as the locals do.

Ms Harmon made the snap decision to ride a bull, but as with all things adventurous the initial idea was far easier than the reality of following it through.

She said the seriousness of the situation hit her when she was sitting in the stalls waiting to climb aboard her bull.

"I was sitting with the clowns; they were giving me a bit of a pep talk. My heart was pounding," she said.

But not one to lose face, Ms Harmon said she felt it was already too late to back out.

"I realised what I had got myself into, but I'd told everyone I'd do it," she said.

The ride itself lasted about four seconds, but in Ms Harmon's mind it was over much quicker than that.

"It's all a bit of a blur to be honest ... It all happened pretty fast, I don't actually remember falling off.

"I just remember getting up really quickly and bolting," she said.

This was Ms Harmon's first bullride, and after two weeks of pain and lost sleep from a bruise on her hip, she said it would probably be her last.

"You know what, I probably wouldn't (do it again). Once was enough for me," she said.

Ms Harmon said her one night as a Rocky cowgirl had made for a great yarn at city parties and earned her bragging rights which not many other people could lay claim to.

But the burning question for Ms Harmon is: was jumping on a half-tonne bull brave or just plain poor judgment? She said she still hadn't worked that one out.

"I'm a little bit of both, I feel lucky to be alive," she said.

Topics:  bullriding, rodeo



Junior golfer makes the most of regional opportunity

Lucas Higgins gets a hug off his dad after winning the NSW OPEN Regional Golf Qualifier at the Grafton Golf course on Sunday, 25th September, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

North Coast high school student clinches Open golfing opportunity.

A long ride to Copmanhurst campdraft

HERDING: Ben Thompson competing at the Copmanhurst Campdraft.

Copmanhurst was full of people, horses and cattle for the campdraft.

TALKING TIMBER: Transparent wood could replace glass

New technology could have profound effect on building design.

Local Partners

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Olivia Wilde having a girl

Olivia Wilde revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

Michael Palin: Terry Jones dementia is 'painful' to see

Michael Palin has found Terry Jones' decline "painful to watch"

Daniel Radcliffe hoped for haircut anonymity

Radcliffe thought shaving his head would make him more anonymous

Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit

Jim Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of White's ex-husband.

'Highly unlikely' Brad Pitt will face prosecution

It is highly unlikely that Brad Pitt will be prosecuted

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.