Young gun holds on to win at Bull and Bronc Rodeo
RODEO: It took just eight seconds for Jack McArthur to earn his living in the open bull ride on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old Cooyar young-gun pocketed $1200 in prize money but was pushed all the way by veteran cowboy Dale Jones, who finished second.
The 46-year-old is old enough to be McArthur's father but that didn't stop the three-time National Rodeo Association champion putting on a silky show for the 2000-plus crowd.
Chief rodeo steward Joe Mooney said Jones was originally at the rodeo to watch his daughter in the barrel race.
"He said 'bugger it I might as well jump on a bull'," Mooney said.
Jones, who is based at Caboolture, had only ridden in one other rodeo in the last 10 years and that was a senior's bull ride at Redlands.
"He won that," Mooney said.
"He is a good bull rider, a stylish bull rider who never really gets out of shape.
"If he is out of shape he is off."
Gympie cowboys failed to finish in the money but Mooney said the night was great for the Gympie community.
"The whole night went really well, we had well over 2000 through the gate," he said.
The Bull and Bronc Rodeo was a fundraiser for Ring Showgirl entrant Bec Daybell.
Show Society secretary Deb Rowlands said it was a great to see such a large crowd.
"The stands were full, there were people standing around everywhere and the bar was full. It was a great night."
In other results Tyler Morgan won the open "shoot-out" in a very exciting finale to the night.
Kristy Nagel and Cheyenne Whitwell couldn't be split in the barrel race and shared top honours. Jack Capewell won the saddle bronc, while Mack Tipper won the poddy ride.
Unfortunately no one rode time in the junior bull ride and one rider was taken to hospital with minor injuries.