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8 November, 2021

Riders ready to rumble

THE final installment of the 2021 Great Northern Bull Riding Series is set to be a nail biter with Mareeba local and defending champion Wyatt Milgate hot on the heels of current ladder leader Raymond Provost.

By Rhys Thomas

James Fisher from NQ Agricultural Services Tolga who are a major partner in the Atherton event, Dallas Roesler from Make a Wish Australia and NQ Rodeo Entertainment’s Peter Brown check out the Atherton set up for this Saturday’s bull ride.

This year’s series has been held over 18 months in locations across Queensland, with Wyatt winning the latest ride in Mossman. 

Now the final round is set to take place at the Atherton Showgrounds in front of hundreds of people with open, novice, junior and mini bull events. 

After the Mossman ride Wyatt is only 89 points off Raymond who is sitting on 498 points and with 300 points up for grabs in the finals, anything could happen. 

According to organiser Peter Brown, there will a close and fierce contest between Raymond and Wyatt to see who will take home the buckle. 

“Wyatt hit an 85-point ride to win Mossman two weekends ago, that’s one ride,” he said. 

“The novice is even closer with 25 points between first and second. 

“The bulls are even ranker than ever because there haven’t been many shows.” 

After winning the last Great Northern Bull Riding Series in 2019 at 18 years of age, Wyatt won an all-expenses paid trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards Championship Rodeo in Texas. 

However due to COVID, the trip was cancelled and Wyatt missed out on his chance on the world stage, at no fault of his own. 

“Going into the last ride I’m feeling pretty confident coming off the back of a win, I feel pretty motivated and pumped up,” he said. 

“Because I missed that first chance to go overseas I feel even more hungry to perform and get that chance again.” 

Saturday night’s match-up is also serving as a fundraising opportunity for the Make- A-Wish Foundation, with all proceeds going towards the charity. 

There will be a range of entertainment, giveaways and merchandise for people to enjoy over the weekend with camping also available.

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