TO RIDE the toughest bulls in the country, you have to be a little wild.
Just ask New Zealand rider Fraser Babbington, who is currently leading the Rural Weekly PBR Live Series as it arrives in Dalby tomorrow.
Fraser fell in love with bull riding at the Katherine Rodeo when he was 17.
In his 11 year career, he has had his fair share of injuries - but they haven't stopped him from riding.
"I've been through hospital a couple of times with a lacerated liver and collapsed lung," he said.
"When you've got a passion for something... there's nothing that's going to stand in your way."
Fraser has been touring the PBR Australia circuit heavily this year, but took a break last week to prepare his body for the Dalby round.
"That was my first one off for the season," he said.
"I've got a couple of big weeks coming up. I've got to take care of myself."
Despite leading the standings, Fraser said his mind was not focused on the points.
"It's not the standings or the others you're competing against - it's the bull in front of you," he said.
"That's all I concentrate on. I don't want to get carried away."
Fraser has seen the sport develop in recent years, particularly in the bull gene pool.
"With the breeding programs the top contractors in Australia have got... bulls have gotten a lot better," he said.
"They are there to do their job and buck.
"You can tell when you're brought up on a farm around animals - they like what they are doing."
Fraser, Troy Wilkinson and Sam O'Connor will meet and greet fans at Harvey Norman Dalby tomorrow from 10am-noon.
The Dalby Herald is giving away 10 child passes to PBR on the morning.
"It will be their only opportunity to meet us," Fraser said.
"At the event we are in the zone - we're there to do a job."
Fraser said he was hoping to inspire the next generation to take up the sport.
"It's my passion and love so if anyone wants to talk about bull riding, I'll be there for sure."
The Golf Western Oil V8 Supercar will also be in town.
BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY
- You can purchase tickets to Saturday's Rural Weekly PBR Live Series at eventopia.co or from the Dalby Herald office.
- Buy your tickets now to avoid waiting at the gate tomorrow.