Just five nights after winning the Mount Cotton Invitational, Jason Mara once again went a perfect 2-from-2 to take out the Beef Week Touring Pro event at the Great Western Hotel. After covering the Fred Kleier bull Indian Outlaw in Round 1 for 83.5 points, the Cloncurry cowboy went into the Championship Round as one of only 6 riders to cover their bulls in the long-go. Mara drew Souther Comfort from Dunne Bulls in the Championship Round and was 81.0 points at the whistle for a total of 164.5 points in front of a big Rockhampton crowd to take home 60 World Points and another 200 points towards the PBR Australia Standings.
With currently Australian Number 1 Aaron Kleier on the sidelines with injury, riders were looking to make up valuable ground heading into the winter series with big events in Cairns and Brisbane on the horizon plus spots still remaining on the Australian Global Cup team which will compete against teams from the USA, Canada, Brazil and Mexico in Sydney. Australian Number 2 Fraser Babbington, who sits only 292 points behind Kleier came down early from his bull in the early in the round. The riders ranked 3 thru 5 in the standings also failed to capitalise with Cliff Richardson, Cody Heffernan and Justin Paton all coming down at the 7 second mark of their rides.
19-year-old Lane Mellers (Mundubbera, QLD) sat atop of the Leaderboard after Round 1 following a flashy 85.5 point ride on Kings Ransom from Brandenburg Bucking Bulls. Mitch Paton (Nebo, QLD) finished second in the round on 84 points with Jason Mara in third. Sonny Schafferius (Dysart, QLD) and Jacob Linwood (Tully, QLD) rounded out the top 5 with 82.5 points from their rides with Michael Smith (Townsville, QLD) the only other rider who made it back with points on the board.
Among those who made it back on time were Cody Heffernan, Justin Paton, Cliff Richardson and Budd Williamson.
Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) was the first to make the whistle in the Championship Round on the Peter Wallace bull Iron Jacket. Heffernan took the event lead with a brilliant 87.5 point bull ride with just the final 6 riders to come. Jacob Linwood and Michael Smith came down early from their draws at around the 3 second mark with Sonny Schafferius bucking off Tough Task from Dunne Bulls in a similar time. Jason Mara was next out and with two scores on the board put the pressure on the remaining two riders.
Mitch Paton bucked off Fred Kleier’s Barn Yard early while Lane Mellars took SweetPros Palooka to the 6 second mark in the final ride of the night. SweetPros Palooka from Dittmann Bucking Bulls received a 45.0 point bull score from the judges to take home the highest bull score of the night.
Jason Mara was the only big mover in the PBR Australia standings moving into the Top 10 to sit in 7th place while Cody Heffernan remains in 4th but with his 150 points for finishing 2nd in the event added, he has closed the gap between himself and the number 3 ranked rider Cliff Richardson.
On Saturday morning, the ABBI Australia held their Rockhampton Futurity at the Great Western Hotel.
– The Ladies division was taken out by Jasmine Wallace with her bull Black Tuxedo receiving a score of 86.0 points with Disturbia (Nicole Kasper) finishing second on 84.0 points.
– JD Bucking Bulls took out the Rockhampton Derby with their bull Bad Buster scoring 87.0 points with Gold Jacket owned by Running Gold Bucking Bulls finishing runner-up.
– Troy and Holly Keliher were the winners in the Limited Futurity with their bull 603 putting together a nice out to score 87 points.
– There was a tie for the Rockhampton Yearling Champion between Pirate Patch owned by Michael & Kristy Murphy and 617 owned by Troy & Holly Keliher both with 84 points.
– The winner of the Rockhampton Futurity was Mystery owned by Kasper Bucking Bulls and Nathan & Emma Bourke with 89 points. 603 owned by Troy & Holly Keliher finished in second place with a score of 87 points.
Congratulations to all the winners!