CHAMPION bull Hotshot returned to terrorise cowboys and delight the crowds at the Grafton Show Rodeo last night.
Rodeo organiser Dennis Reilly said Hotshot was one of the "rankest bulls" on the rodeo circuit and has proved virtually unrideable in the past four years.
"I think someone was able to ride him (stay on the bull's back for eight seconds) about four years ago," Mr Reilly said.
"Coutts Crossing Tavern has put up $600 for the first rider to stay on him on Saturday night."
Hotshot has been a favourite at the Grafton Show for the past two years, tossing riders and thrilling crowds with his ferocity.
"He generally gets the rider off his back as he comes out of the gate and he's just as likely to spin around and toss them over the fence," Mr Reilly said.
Mr Reilly believes Hotshot has improved his bucking technique in recent times and is at the top of his game as a bucking bull.
"It's like he knows exactly what he's got to do to get the rider off and has refined it so he is able to buck the rider in the first two or three seconds," he said.
Top bullriders from all over NSW and Queensland will have 34 buck outs to snare the $1000 up for grabs in the open and novice classes. Mr Reilly said there would also be steer and calf rides for the younger riders.
Last year rodeo organisers offered Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson $10,000 if he could ride Hotshot, but the Mayor declined the shot at glory.
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