Keeping the dream alive
THERE'S no doubt professional bull rider Cody Heffernan has had a dream run in the PBR this season.
With five event wins under his belt, the 26-year-old is currently the number one ranked cowboy in PBR Australia and is leading the Rural Weekly Live Series.
This Saturday night he will be hoping to take his number of wins to six and cement himself as the winner of the Live Series, as he enters the ring in Grafton for the final showdown.
With a significant point lead he is likely to take out the series even if he doesn't win.
Only Troy Wilkinson, who won last week's Hervey Bay event, has the potential to stand in his way.
"I don't believe I've taken it out yet, there was the event at Hervey Bay on the weekend which Troy won and I think he is still within distance to beat me ," he said.
"I think he would have to win it and me do nothing but there's still a chance there. You've got to ride your bull first."
If he does take home the title and the $10,000 cheque, however, the money will be put towards a stock trailer and a trip to the United States later this year for the PBR World Finals.
The event in Las Vegas is the pinnacle of professional bull-riding and includes only the top 35 bull riders across the world.
Heffernan is currently sitting at number 28.
"If I get a win that means 60 world points.... which could bump me up to 26 or 27th," he said.
"That's all I might need to get me to the world finals. It's been a dream year really; it's a season that you always think about having, just culminating from the start, and hopefully I can finish it off.
"Everyone wants to have a season like that and I've been lucky enough to get it done."
Heffernan also said he was also excited to ride in front of his partner's family this weekend.
"I've been living in Uki for the past six-seven months with my partner so Grafton is close to home now," she said.
"My partner and some of her family will be there to support me, so it'll be a bit of a home crowd."
Beyond the Grafton event, Heffernan said he just wants to keep going.
"I'm pretty far in front in the Australian title race but I'm not looking at it like I've got it won," he said.
"I just want to keep winning and get out further in front."
Hometown: Singleton, NSW
Fun facts: Cody took out membership with the PBR as soon as he turned 18, knowing he could match it with the best in Australia.
His greatest fear is getting attacked by spiders.
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
YOU can buy tickets to Saturday's Grafton PBR event at ruralweekly.com.au/liveseries, from The Daily Examiner office at 55 Fitzroy St, Grafton, or from offices in Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Casino and Tweed Heads.
Reserved grandstand tickets are $50 each for adults, $30 for children (3-16 years), and $130 for a family (two adults and two children). General admission: $35 (adults), $20 (children) and $90 (family).