Champion bull rider to score at Dalby PBR
FEW people know their way around a bull riding ring more than Jock Connolly.
The PBR judge will score the best bulls and riders in the country at the Rural Weekly PBR Live Series in Dalby later this month.
His stint in the judging chair follows a distinguished career in the arena spanning more than 15 years.
Jock's roots are up north at Charters Towers, where he was raised on a cattle property breaking horses.
"I always liked bull riding and wanted to do it. Back in my younger years I had a weak heart - I was too scared," he said.
Once he jumped aboard his first bull, Jock never looked back.
He won two Australian bull riding titles in 2005 and 2011 during his lengthy career, and rode in three World Cups.
"To have the experience to ride something no one else has ridden and do it with ease…I wouldn't change it for the world," Jock said.
"It's a thrill and I love it with a passion."
When injury forced him out of competition, Jock turned his attention to judging bull rides.
"I thought I still had to do something in the sport - so I became a judge," Jock said.
"I could still stay in the action and around the chutes.
"It is a very tough thing to do...your brain is just ticking the whole time."
Jock said there was nothing like the thrill of sitting ringside at a PBR event.
"What I believe sets PBR above the rest... when you go there you get every rider introduced. You know who they are," he said.
"You're only metres away from the action and you can hear the hits.
"We've got everything happening at these PBRs."
Jock said he was looking forward to judging at the Dalby event when it hits town on March 21.
"I've never been to a Dalby bull ride," he said.
"It will be great to get out there and look about. I can't wait," he said.
PBR IS HEADING TO DALBY
- Round four of the Rural Weekly PBR Live Series will be held in Dalby on March 21.
- World-class bull riders, including Fraser Babbington and Sam O'Connor, will compete against the toughest bucking bulls in the country
- Buy your tickets now from the Dalby Herald, Chinchilla News and Western Star offices, or at eventopia.co.