Contractors ensure the rodeo is here to stay in town

17th May 2017 4:49 PM
THE KING: Brian King with his bulls at the Mundubbera Show. THE KING: Brian King with his bulls at the Mundubbera Show. Philippe Coquerand

BK BUCKING Bulls' Brian and Kerri King were in attendance at the Mundubbera Show contracting their bulls for the rodeo.

"It was the first time that the National Rodeo Association (NRA) has been to Mundubbera and we got really good nominations which was great,” Mrs King said.

"We've been contracting for 11 years and we breed the bulls as well.

"What we have is a circuit. It's a circuit of shows that you attend from the Gold Coast to Cairns, and what happens is you tender for a rodeo, contracting your bulls to the show.”

The shows feature more than 100 bulls purely bred by Kerri and Brian King.

"We have a really good breeding program and have a lot of imported blood lines, we're actually a member of the American ABBI program which is a breeding program,” Mrs King said.

"A lot of time and effort goes into what we do.”

Having never ridden a bull in his life, Mr King explained how he became a well recognised contractor.

"I never rode bulls, I rode horses when I was young, I rode bullocks when at the local rodeo,” Mr King said.

"Our local shows back then involved bullock rides just for fun in the middle of the day.

"It's nice to have the best bulls you can get going around for the cowboys to get on, you don't want all the bulls to throw them all off, you need bulls that they can ride.”

As a contractor Mr King admits the balance can be hard.

"If you took bulls every weekend and they threw everybody off, you would begin to have less riders taking part in the rodeo,” Mr King said.

"You have to supply a happy medium.”