Wild horses, and an even wilder bull named Bluey thrilled record crowds at the world rodeo championships in Sydney, Australia.
GV PAN (SLOW MOTION) U.S.A. rider Mel Coleman riding bucking horse
SV PAN Rider 262 riding bucking horse and being bucked off
SV PAN Gate opening and releasing rider 265 on bull and being quickly bucked off
SV PAN Rider 227, Jimmy Dix, Australia, riding bucking horse and staying on
CU Crowd watching
SV PAN Rider 328 on bucking horse, at 32 ft. 9.8 metres 51 secs, the horse falls over but gets up with rider still in place, to be bucked off later
SV Rider John Cootes of Australia mounting bull "Bluey" in stall
GV PAN Rider and Bluey leaving stall and being bucked off, running for safety
SV Crowd watching
SV PAN SLOW MOTION Same sequence of John Cootes on Bluey, being bucked off, gaily dressed clown running to distract bull, another throwing Coote's hat at Bluey
SV John Cootes retrieving hat and leaving ring
SPORT: RODEO RIDING
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Background: Wild horses, and an even wilder bull named Bluey thrilled record crowds at the world rodeo championships in Sydney, Australia. During the three days of events some riders had to be taken hospital following spills, but most picked up themselves and their hats and remounted for further efforts to win world titles.
The thrills and spills of rodeo have just attracted record crowds of 70,000 in Sydney, Australia, where the world titles were contested over three days.
The events were conducted at Sydney Showground and 90 riders from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and Colombia provided keen competition.
Although suffering from aches and pains caused by many dangerous spills, the boys kept saddling up for more, showing their skill in handling, or mishandling, bucking bulls and horses and roping calves.
Medical crews were on hand to treat all cuts and bruises -- but some injuries were more serious and needed hospital attention.
One bull, " Bluey " caused most trouble, making short work of all but the best balanced rider.
Winner with a 79 point tally from a possible 100 was Jimmy Dix, from Bull , Victoria, who's been competing in rodeos from all over the world for 15 years, He's been runner up in the world rodeo titles twice before.
Former Australian Rugby League football Test star, John Cootes, competed in the novice section -- but found that the rough and tumble of scrums and tackles were a picnic by comparison with the charging of opponents such as " Bluey ".
SYNOPSIS: From the home of the cowboy, Mel Coleman of the U.S.A. found the Australian horses just as mean as those back home on the range.
Record crowds of 70,000 people over the three days of events saw top riders from all over the world lose their balance and composure on he backs of bucking broncos.
The eventual winner was Australian Jimmy Dix, from Bulla, Victoria. With rides like this he won 79 points out of a possible 100. He has twice been world runner-up in 15 years of rodeo riding. And the crowd appreciated his fine balance and bravery. It is a hazardous sport, as this rider found out. As usual, the horse eventually found a way to rid itself of its uninvited rider.
John Cootes of Australia was already a well known sportsman on other fields, but he knew enough about this bull to treat him with respect. Bluey the bull became a favourite in the contest, for unseating all the best balanced riders.
Many in the crowd already knew John Cootes as a rugby league football test star. Here in the novice bull riding event, he found the rough and tumble of scrums and tackles were gentle compared to a battle with Bluey. A clown risks injury to distract Bluey's attention from the fleeing rider.
John Cootes did not need the medical crews standing by, but he conceded the arena to Bluey's superior force.