Local bull riders “not scared” of beastly Brahman Hot Shot

THE fearsome Brahman bull Hot Shot is "feeling fresh and ready to unleash some carnage" according to his owner Dan Klabe.

Hot Shot will be the lead bull at the Grafton Jacaranda Rodeo this Saturday night and despite his beastly record, bucking 19 out of the 20 riders who have drawn him, local boy Shane Want said he's not worried.

Mr Want is a Lawrence local and professional bullrider. Despite the potential of drawing the 700 kilo Hot Shot on home turf he said he's not intimidated by any of the bulls in the line-up.

"It's good to have a rodeo on near my home town and my brother should be there on the night," said Mr Want.

Mr Want did acknowledge the ferocity of the lead bull though saying: "he's the rankest bull I've ever seen."

Owner Dan Klabe made the trip to Grafton from Guyra, just north of Armidale, on Wednesday night and said Hot Shot was looking calm and fresh.

"I'll be having a bet on Hot Shot on the night and considering the fact he's only been beaten one time out of twenty, I'd be very surprised if I haven't picked a winner," he said.

Coutts Crossing General Store agrees with him having just put up a $600 bounty for any man who goes the full seven on Hot Shot Saturday night.

Mr Klabe bought the big black Brahman beast when he was about five-years-old and said he instantly knew the bull was a champion.

"Even though they're always bred for the job some bulls just have it," he said.

Event organiser Dennis Reiley said this year's rodeo should be the best one yet.

"We've also got Ian Bostock coming down from Queensland and he'll be putting on a comedy clown and whip cracking routine," said Mr Reiley.

The Grafton Jacaranda Rodeo is on this Saturday night at the Grafton Showground on Prince St.

Gates open at 4pm and there is food and a full bar inside.



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