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Great entertainment at Barooga - no bull

There will be bucking animals, real-life cowboys and a ute show to entertain everyone in Barooga this weekend — no bull.

JESSICA GRIMBLE November 30, 2012 5:00am

Dean Miller and Brent Langley set up for the PBR on the Murray Touring Pro Series.


There will be bucking animals, real-life cowboys and a ute show to entertain everyone in Barooga this weekend — no bull.

The Professional Bull Riding on the Murray Touring Pro Series, at Barooga Recreation Reserve on Saturday, is a qualifying event for the cup series in July.

About 40 cowboys including New Zealand champion Frazer Babbington, American Zack Brown and current Australian title leader Troy Wilkinson will take on other leading athletes — the bulls — at the event.

‘‘This is a rock show with bulls,’’ organiser Dean Miller said. ‘‘It’s an extreme sport — and the toughest sport on dirt.’’

Mr Miller said gates would open at noon and a ute show would start at 1pm.

Rodeo Queen entrant Dani Quinsee, of Kyabram, will lead a barrel racing demonstration. There will be whip-cracking demonstrations, food and clothing stalls and entertainment — including a mechanical bull.

A 30m screen will play all the highlights on the arena. The PBR kicks off at 7pm. Cowboys must remain on the bucking bull for eight seconds.

 

‘‘It is an event that people have never seen before. These blokes (the cowboys) are true athletes,’’ Mr Miller said.

The PBR bull riders have spent the past three months travelling thousands of kilometres striving to finish as the number one-ranked rider for the season — and secure a wild card position into the PBR world finals in Las Vegas.

A bull draw — matching bulls to sponsors — is at Barooga pub on Friday night from 7pm. Zach Brown will meet people and a mechanical bull, supported by Bega Cheese, will test punters.

Actor Matt Nable, of Underbelly: Badness fame will attend Saturday’s PBR and there will be filming for Nable’s new telemovie, Wrecking Ball — which depicts the story of a retired bull rider.

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