BULLS ARE BACK: Joe Mooney Snr prepares the chutes for tonight’s Gympie Bull and Bronc Rodeo. Greg Miller
BULLS ARE BACK: Joe Mooney Snr prepares the chutes for tonight’s Gympie Bull and Bronc Rodeo. Greg Miller Greg Miller

Brave men tackle The Beast at Bull and Bronc Rodeo

NO rider has been able to rein in The Beast for more than eight seconds, so when the cowboys line up for tonight's Gympie Bull and Bronc Rodeo, it will be him they fear most.

Not that fear is a word one would associate with cowboys.

The Beast is better known as What's Up, and rodeo contractor Brian King said the tough-as-nails bull had been labelled "unrideable" because no rider has been able to stay on board long enough to make those golden eight seconds.

King, a well-known face in the cattle industry who has supplied rodeo bulls for six years, said What's Up, with a raging fire in his belly, prefers to kick high and spin to the left.

He is the scariest challenge in a long list of hard-playing bulls in the open comp.

Joining What's Up on the "to watch" list are Red Dirt Road, Kiss Me Goodbye and Just a Little Playful.

King said all four beasts were known for their unpredictable spinning and kicking, making it a fair challenge for even the best of cowboys.

Although cowboys were once considered station hands, in rodeo they are referred to as professional athletes.

With a crowd of 3-4000 there will be plenty of eyes on some of the best names in the countryt.

King said last year's all round champion, Dave Mawhinney, a well-known name in the rodeo community, would definitely be one to look out for.

Jack McArthur will be another rider to watch.

Another main event is the saddle ride, which King said would include Buffalo Bill - one of the best horses around.

With such strong competitors on both four legs and two, tonight's Bull and Bronc Rodeo will be a great family night out.

All the action begins at 7pm at the Gympie Showgrounds.