PBR GRAFTON: Bulls bred to buck the best
IN THE sport of professional bull riding there are two great athletes; the rider and the bull, both of whom are determined to defeat the other.
Grafton-born stock contractor Dan Klabe, who will bring 10 of his best bulls to the local PBR event on Saturday, knows which athletes he will be putting his money on.
“The way they’ve been riding lately, I’m going to back the bulls,” he said.
“They (cowboys) might ride a few.”
One of Mr Klabe’s bulls to watch out for is current PBR classic champion called Devil’s Dance, who is the product of Mr Klabe’s heavy investment in specialised breeding.
It has been the last 10 years that has seen a major change in professional bull riding, with every major bull contractor in the country developing breeding programs to deliver bulls specifically bred to buck.
According to PBR general manager Glen Young, it is a real science.
“You can’t make a bull buck and you can’t just cross a champion bull with a cow and expect to get a champion, it’s just not that easy,” he said.
“It is really no different to horse breeding, if you want a stayer you need to look into bloodlines that have been specifically bred for long distance running.”
Come Saturday at the Grafton Showground, fans will witness a pen of bulls that originate from a number of different breeding programs.
In total, there will be five stock contractors, all hand-picked to deliver 50 of their best bulls for the Rural Weekly Live Series Grafton event.
With this calibre of bull on show, one thing for certain is that each and every one of the 40 riders entered to compete in this event will have their ability and capability tested to the max. The winner will not only have to conquer his first test but he will have to do it all over again in the Championship Round where he will face off against the top 10 superstar bulls.
“I still have a bit to do with Grafton so I’m looking forward to coming back,” Mr Klabe said.
“It should be a good show and I hope they get a good crowd there again. I’ll be there mate, with bells and whistles.”
Tickets to Saturday’s event can be bought at ruralweekly.com.au/ liveseries, or from The Daily Examiner office at 55 Fitzroy St, Grafton.
Reserved grandstand seating at $50 each for adults and $30 for children is going fast, so get in while you still can.
PBR Live Series Standings
1. Cody Heffernan 810.0
2. Roy Dunn 535.0
3. Justin Paton 430.0
4. Kurt Shephard 390.0
5. Troy Wilkinson 390.0
6. Mick Ford 375.0
7. Sam O’Connor 270.0
8. Will Purcell 230.0
9.Damian Herden 220.0
10. Matt Pfingst 200.0
11. Ben Gooding 180.0
12. Mitch Paton 150.0
13. Matt Gakowski 115.0
14. Budd Williamson 75.0
15. Cliff Richardson 35.0