Challenge of Jacaranda Rodeo is to stay on Hot Shot
GRIT your teeth, count your blessings and hold on for dear life.
That's about the best advice I could offer to someone waiting for the gates to open on the back of a bull like 800kg monster Hot Shot.
He hasn't been successfully ridden for three years, according to Dan Klabe, the Guyra stock contractor responsible for preparing Hot Shot for the ring.
"He's one of the most feared bulls in the business," Klabe said.
Lawrence bull rider Shane Want was bucked out by the beast at last year's Jacaranda Rodeo.
The 22-year-old drew Hot Shot again at Uralla last weekend.
He survived the eight seconds, but didn't receive a score since the bull had stopped bucking when its horns came into contact with a fence.
Want will be carrying the local hopes once again when the Jacaranda Rodeo bumps into Grafton Showground on Saturday night.
He followed the Uralla Rodeo with a fifth at Warwick and carries good form into the event.
"The Jacaranda Rodeo is a pretty good event," Want said. "The best thing is that it's nice and close."
Klabe will provide all the stock for the 18 competitors in the bull-riding event, arriving in the valley with about 20 bulls tomorrow.
Want assures it's not just Hot Shot capable of producing fireworks.
"Dan Klabe's got a really good pen at the moment," he said.
"There's none you don't really want to get on.
"Another one to look out for is Fox In Socks."
Hot Shot is still the one to look out for though and the Coutts Crossing Store will once again put up $600 prizemoney for anyone who can go the distance on him.
In all, there will be a total of 68 buckouts over the course of the night with steer rides also on the bill and, for the first time, bucking ponies.
"The bucking ponies are a bit of a feature," organiser Dennis Riley said.
"They're fun to watch and put on a really good show."