Eight second appointment in the books for Warwick doctor
WITH his easy smile and gentle demeanour, Dr James Ware does not look like a typical cowboy.
The Warwick doctor is set to experience the ride of his life tonight, as he seeks eight seconds of rodeo glory.
Warwick Show and Rodeo president Dr John Kiss said a beast owned by Chick Roche had been handpicked to "challenge" Dr Ware as he entered the world of rodeo.
"Remember, you've only got to hang on for eight seconds," Dr Kiss told Dr Ware.
The closest Dr Ware has been to bullock riding would be a mechanical bull several year ago, and horse riding.
"I've ridden horses before, but not ones trying to throw you off," he said.
Dr Ware said he was feeling a little apprehensive but the reality of the ride was yet to sink in.
"The general consensus is that I'm nuts. I just tell them 'I know'," Dr Ware said.
Dr Ware is no stranger to the dangers of rodeo, after assisting the medical team at the last couple of rodeos.
"They sure are tough, with some of the injuries that they just get up and walk away with," he said.
Dr Ware said he became interested in rodeo after watching the events.
"It looked like a lot of fun," he said.
He said he enjoyed the atmosphere of these community events and felt they were important to the community.
"It's good to be a part of it, to join in and get involved."
Warwick Show and Rodeo Society secretary Julie Peterson said the rodeo was set to kick off at 6pm, with gates open to the public from 4pm.
The family-friendly event is also offering camping on the grounds, with breakfast included for only $10 per person.
There will be two sets of fireworks, one after the rodeo about 8.30pm, and another at midnight to ring in the new year.
"There will be jumping castles and face painting for the children," Miss Peterson said.
Entries for the children's poddy calf ride are being taken at the event, with Dr Ware's two oldest throwing their hat in the ring.
Dr Ware's bravery can be summed up simply, as he puts it, "you only live once".