With names like Storm Boy, Rambling Ways and Hurricane Sandy, it is easy to see why some cowboys competing in the Farley Brothers' Charity Bull Ride might be a little nervous.
The bulls are just some of the names event goers should be keeping an ear out for, according to Pete Farley.
“The star bull is Storm Boy; no one has had a qualifying ride on him yet,” Mr Farley said.
Small for a bull, he isn’t what most pro bull riders come to expect, but it does mean that some riders underestimate him.
“He loves to buck and he’s the type of bull that is straight up and honest; there are no games when you ride him,” Mr Farley said.
Storm Boy is specially reserved for the championship round of the event, but there will still be plenty of other bulls promising to make a spectacle for event goers.
Stock will be coming from far afield as Tenterfield, Warwick, Guyra and Maitland.
“Rambling Ways is one of ours, so he’s a Kempsey local and only three-years-old, which is pretty young to start out on the professional level,” Mr Farley said.
The K3F bull has had experience with less experienced riders, but proved to already be performing above that level despite his age.
Hurricane Sandy, who will cause a stir as he blows in from Tenterfield, is also expected to put on a show.
As a hard to predict bull, the cowboy who pulls him in the draw will need to rally themselves and ensure a sturdy grip to make the eight seconds.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for this year’s added event, the Junior Bull Ride specifically added this year for riders under 18.
The best amateur young riders across Australia are expected to take part with Mr Farley pleased to be offering an opportunity to young guns to ‘learn the ropes’ before going pro.
“It give them a chance to develop their skills; there is a shortage of bull riders in Australia and in the world, so we’re hoping this type of event will help build the industry and the sport,” Mr Farley said.
Check out the young contenders as they appear halfway through the rodeo.
To view the full cowboy versus bull draw visit pbraustralia.com.au.