Pride, points and bodies on the line at PBR in Newcastle

AT HOME: Gresford's Cliff Richardson is competing for pride and points at the PBR challenge in Newcastle on Saturday. Picture: Simone De Peak
AT HOME: Gresford's Cliff Richardson is competing for pride and points at the PBR challenge in Newcastle on Saturday. Picture: Simone De Peak

GRESFORD’S Cliff Richardson normally starts travelling the day before a Professional Bull Riding event.

“Now I’ll be jumping in the car an hour before,” he said. “It’s great to be able to bring my family along – they don’t get to go to too many of the comps.”

Billed as the “mother of all extreme sports”, the bulls will charge into Newcastle Entertainment Centre from 7pm on Saturday. Twenty of Australia’s best bull riders are competing for pride and points, with Queensland rookie Aaron Kleier currently on top of the table.

Eight seconds may not sound like a long time, but atop a one-tonne bull it can feel like a lifetime.

“We’ll just be doing our best to stay on top of those bulls,” Richardson said.

“It can be testing, especially when you’re coming back from 18 months off.”