Cowboy dumped by Hot Shot in four seconds at Jacaranda Rodeo
LOCAL bullrider Shane Want fell four seconds short of becoming just the second person to ride Hot Shot at the Jacaranda Rodeo on Saturday night.
Instead, he became one of 20 bruised and battered bodies the Brahman bull has left in his wake.
Hot Shot lived up to the hype as it headlined a night of thrills and spills at the Grafton Showground.
Organiser Dennis Reiley said the event was a massive success, describing everything about the night as "perfect".
"We had a big crowd and Hot Shot wasn't ridden, everything went perfectly," Reiley said.
"It was a great night and we're really happy with how it went."
Reiley said he didn't get to see too many of the early events but made a point of witnessing the main event.
"There was no way in the world I was going to miss it," he said.
"Shane did really well to hang on for as long as he did as most people are thrown off at the gate.
"The fact he held on for as long as he did got to show people why Hot Shot is as feared as he is."
Queenslander Ian Bostock provided quality entertainment for the crowd, while the novice bullriders showed the next generation were well and truly on the way.
For those who missed out on feasting their eyes on the beast they call Hot Shot, don't despair.
Reiley confirmed yesterday that Hot Shot will appear at the Grafton Show next year.
"He'll be back," Reiley said.
"We're already looking forward to it."