Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Points Tally Jumps with Tricks, Spins; Judge's Task Harder If Contestants Make Eight Seconds

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Points Tally Jumps with Tricks, Spins; Judge's Task Harder If Contestants Make Eight Seconds

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John Skinner

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WHEN it comes to judging bull riding, rodeo officials can have it fairly easy when, quite often, more than half the contestants don't make the eight-seconds whistle.

However, judging those who do make time is quite difficult.

There are two judges in each rodeo event and, in rough stock events, each judge has 50 points to allocate to a ride - 25 points for the bucking stock and 25 points based on the quality of the ride.

Many judges will score the bull first. If he's average with no tricks, perhaps 15 points.

The bull which kicks high, turns back one way or goes into a flat spin - 18 to 20 points, more if the spin is fast and dangerous.

The rank bull which kicks high, turns back both ways, has a few tricks designed to unload the jockey; well, he can score from 20 to 25 points but the maximum score is rarely given with the question always asked, 'What if the next bull is better? …

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