Country's number one bull rider holds on

Fraser Babbington.
Fraser Babbington. Nev Madsen

TOOWOOMBA'S Clive Berghofer stadium was transformed into an action-packed arena last weekend when Australia's best bull riders converged to battle it out.

For the first time, Professional Bull Riders brought the Tuff Bullbars Touring Pro series to the city.

It's probably been one of the strongest inaugural regional events.

PBR general manager Glen Young said the strong showing of support for the event meant it looked likely it would return to Toowoomba.

"From our point of view, it's probably been one of the strongest inaugural regional events since the inception of PBR," Mr Young said.

"It showed a lot of promise for future growth and was a great crowd and a great venue."

At the end of the evening, Upper Horton's Troy Wilkinson took out the title, earning an extended lead in the standings.

Mr Wilkinson delivered two exceptional rides to take out the title on 173 points, followed by Gresford's Cliff Richardson on 168 points.

"It's (Troy Wilkinson's) second win of the new season meaning he will retain his number one spot going into cup series events," Mr Young said.

"He's definitely one of the rising stars."

He walked away with the lion's share of more than $6000 in prize money and the Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle.

The Championship Round was packed with some of the best bulls in the country and the ideal bucking surface favoured the bulls.

Rider Mitch Paton started off with 83 points on Chuck a Wobbly.

Cliff Richardson had his hands full with Cam Chain but toughed it out for an 88 point score and the lead in the competition. It came down to the second last bull of the night and the number one man in the country, with Mr Wilkinson eventually taking it out.


  1. Troy Wilkinson, Upper Horton, NSW - 173 points
  2. Cliff Richardson, Gresford, NSW - 168 points
  3. Mitch Paton, Nebo, Qld - 158 points

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