Three riders injured during rodeo

17th May 2017 4:00 PM
RISKY BUSINESS: A bull rider in action at the Mundubbera Show, up against strong competitors this year. RISKY BUSINESS: A bull rider in action at the Mundubbera Show, up against strong competitors this year. Philippe Coquerand

RODEO: Three riders were injured at this year's Mundubbera Show rodeo, prompting authorities to be on alert as the bull riding became a dangerous mission.

With an ambulance on scene, the riders were stretchered off the arena by St John's Ambulance workers and a paramedic.

Mundubbera rodeo organiser Dudley Pott said this year's rodeo had proven more dangerous than previous events.

"We had a bad run this time with injuries, but usually you'd be lucky to get away with just one injury, not three in the same day,” Pott said.

"It's a dangerous competition and the bulls were of top quality, so for some riders, these incidents just happened.”

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said the riders were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"We can confirm three people were injured at the rodeo, but one of the injured has now been cleared,” the spokesperson said.

"A 20-year-old man was flown to Brisbane with a fractured jaw and a 26-year-old man was taken to Gayndah hospital with a fractured leg.”

Pott said nominations for the rodeo this year had improved.

"I believe the numbers are constantly improving, we were impressed with the nominations we had for this year's Mundubbera show,” he said.

"It's an even better event as local boy Lane Mellers took out two competitions on his birthday.”

BK Bucking Bulls' Kerri and Brian King were contractors for the event and said it was well run.

"Mundubbera was our first one and I thought it went very well, we had really good support from the community,” Kerri said.

"I'm hoping each year it will start improving and we can increase the amount of riders attending the rodeo event, it will be bigger and better in 2018.

"Overall I'm very happy with how the rodeo went at the weekend.”

Taking out the Poddy ride competition was Nash Mellers.

Clay Hall won the Juniors and 18-year-old Lane Mellers took out both the Novice and Open competitions at the weekend.

It was the first year that the National Rodeo Association came to Mundubbera and a total of 45 riders competed.