the stars of the team. Their sole aim tomorrow is to buck,
bounce, run, chase and maybe even mash up a few cowboys at
the Outram Rodeo.
There's Aces & Eights. He's the team captain and present
New Zealand bucking bull champion, and where he walks, the
rest of the herd usually follows.
Then there's Bones. He's a big ginger Brahman with wonky
horns that look like broken legs. He likes nothing better
than to chase cowboys.
Like many in tomorrow's herd, he is the son of Apache - an
unridden bull, famed for being a past New Zealand bucking
Strike Down is pretty wild. He's a young and athletic fellow
who usually hangs round at centre, and likes to jump out of
the chute with a cowboy on his back before you can open the
And then there are the hulking King Kong and White Lightning,
whose colouring and impressive speed show he is aptly named.
They've got short fuses and are likely to run over anyone
standing in the ring with them.
''Particularly King Kong. He's a mongrel. You wouldn't want
to be standing in front of him for too long,'' Clarks
Junction farmer Dan Nichol says.
He says these are the bad boys in the team with reputations
that precede them, and reckons it takes a brave man to get
into a confined space with any of them.
He owns many of the 20 bulls in tomorrow's line-up, and hopes
their reputations for creating havoc will be branded into the
memories of the competing cowboys.
''Hopefully, they'll create a bit of hurt. I like to see them
[cowboys] get bucked off. That's what I breed them [the
Mr Nichol said only four of the 19 bulls at last year's
Outram Rodeo were ridden and he hoped this year, the bulls
would be more entertaining.
Taieri bull breeder James Adam said all the best cowboys in
New Zealand would compete at tomorrow's rodeo, along with
cowboys from Australia and the United States.
He said it had attracted New Zealand's best because the
national rodeo finals were being staged next month in Wanaka,
and participants would be trying to qualify and gain as many
points as possible.
Tomorrow's rodeo starts at 11am.