Tumbarumba bareback rider Ben Hall witnessed a record-breaking ride in his section of a rodeo in QLD on Saturday.
Hall, who won more than $1000 for third place in the bareback ride at Mackay, was outclassed by Dave Worsfold from Wandoan, QLD, who won the event, and scored 91 on Little Egypt, breaking the Australian record of 90 points, held since 1997.
Mackay organisers were pleased with the “exceptional” stock that played a part in the record-breaking ride.
Hall leads Australian Professional Rodeo Association bareback standings, and wants to win the title this year.
Worsfold, 33, a veteran of the sport, has been bareback riding since he was 19.
The adrenaline rush keeps him coming back for more.
He won the title in 2015, and is in strong form leading up to finals in October.
A 79-point ride was enough to secure a placing for Hall, pitted against 11 entrants.
Knowing the Mackay rodeo is one of the highest-paying rodeos on the APRA calendar, Hall travelled 2000km north of home to continue his strong season.
A week earlier, Hall placed second in the Kooralbyn Rodeo.
“Not much to write home about, but I won $1500 for my efforts so I can’t complain,” he said.