New Zealand rider ready to take on the best at Yeppoon
FRASER Babbington is ready to take on the best.
Top bullriders from around the nation will take part in St Brendan's College in Yeppoon this weekend at the annual combined Professional Bull Riders and High School Rodeo competition.
New Zealand bullrider and 2013 Australian bullriding champion, Babbington was looking forward to the event and said he was hoping to keep a level head.
"I'm feeling pretty confident. You have to," Babbington said.
"I had a big win at Mt Isa recently so I'm feeling pretty good."
Babbington competed in the inaugural St Brendan's rodeo event last year and said while this year he was going to be up against some top-class cowboys, the only opponent he was worried about was his bull.
"I rode at St Brendan's last year and I was bucked off Trevor and Tony Dunne's bull That's Gold, which is now three time PBR bucking bull of the year," he said.
"The only competitor I'll be looking out for is my bull. You have to get past him for the eight seconds first."
Babbington was expecting tough competition from current Australian champion Chris Lowe, but would also go head-to-head with three-time Australian champion Dave Kennedy, along with a field of Cup Series qualifiers, circuit champions and some local talent including Ben Seeds and the Corrie brothers.
PBR riders will all compete once, with the top 10 riders in the competition progressing to the championship round where they will then face off against the toughest 10 bulls in the competition.
More than 80 high school competitors will compete in three levels of competition - the junior steer rider, open steer ride and the junior bull ride - with a top-eight shoot-out scheduled in the middle of the main PBR performance.
The annual and very competitive St Brendan's versus Nudgee College competition will be a highlight, with St Brendan's the defending champions.
St Brendan's College, Yeppoon
Saturday, August 31
Gates open at 4.30pm
High School Rodeo starts at 5pm
Main event starts at 7.30pm
Tickets available at pbraustralia.com, Bullzye Store Rockhampton or get them at the gate.