Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Plumb Loco Wins Tough Battle; Young Rider Hurt but the Christmas Show Goes On

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Plumb Loco Wins Tough Battle; Young Rider Hurt but the Christmas Show Goes On

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

RODEO: There is one thing about bulls ... they don't discriminate.

Bull riding markets itself as the toughest sport on dirt and young rider Brodie Adams found out exactly how tough it can be.

Adams had a sickening fall when the Brian King bull, aptly named Plumb Loco, sent him head first into the dirt of the Nissan Navara Arena on Saturday.

From the moment he hit the ground, it was obvious the rider was in big trouble as he lay prone on the dirt, not making any movement despite the bull turning around to get another piece of him.

That is the time when the protection athletes earn their money as one stood over the stricken cowboy to deflect the angry beast away from Adams while the other attracted the attention of the agitated animal.

Adams received medical assistance for about 10 minutes in the centre of the ring before being transported to hospital.

Apart from the concussion, the young rider was treated for a broken jaw and had a few stitches inserted.

In the best traditions of the sport, the "show must go on" and therefore it was a strange scene with Adams flat out in the middle surrounded by medical personnel and helpers while also in the arena the kids from the crowd were being entertained by a man in a cow costume giving out sweets, a miniature fire truck carrying out stunts and even the arrival of Father Christmas on a trail bike.

While Father Christmas showed his skills on a bike, he proved to be less successful when he came out of a chute on the back of a bull.

The beast had little respect and even less Christmas cheer as he sent the jolly gentleman in red in a downward spiral to land in an untidy heap.

Even sponsors were not immune from collecting a few trophy bruises as each tried their hand, only to be tossed aside by a furious animal. …

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