Fraser Babbington scored a 93 in the open bull ride, taking out first place.
Fraser Babbington scored a 93 in the open bull ride, taking out first place. Georja Ryan

Kiwi cowboy tames his bull

THE bulls were as fierce as they come and the competitors just as ruthless as the Warwick Rodeo bull riding proved to be world class once again.

The calibre of riders to take to the chutes would make any bucking bull nervous, including Beaudesert rider Fraser Babbington who took out the open bull ride final.

The kiwi cowboy stayed true to his origin, busting out the Haka for the masses after his 93-point ride.

"I'm pretty stoked at the moment," Babbington said.

"I hadn't ridden that bull before so I was excited to draw him."

Babbington currently holds the record for the highest marked ride in Australian rodeos which he claimed in 2008 with a score of 98.

A former showjumper, musterer and current racehorse rider, it's safe to say this boy can ride anything.

He started on bulls eight years ago after a mate dared him to hop on a beast while on work experience at a station in the Northern Territory.

"It just started from there I guess," he said.

Babbington has ridden in Warwick about four times and said he loved the last weekend in October for that reason.

"It's very exciting. It's the most famous in the country so it's very prestigious," he said.

In the open bull ride, Chandler Bownds from Texas USA was in second, Rhys Angland from Wagga in third, Matt Boland in fourth and Luke Davidson from West Victoria in fifth.



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