Bull riding to fund rescue helicopters

Australian Champion Wade McCarthy takes on "Grasshopper" in the 2015 Challenge of the Champions. (Photo: Mark Farley)

Australian Champion Wade McCarthy takes on "Grasshopper" in the 2015 Challenge of the Champions. (Photo: Mark Farley)

Hope everybody is ready for this year's event, which this time around will kick off Friday night (December 2) with dinner and drinks at the Kempsey Macleay RSL bottom bowlo on Austral Street. 

Come along and meet some of the Professional Bull Riders and Bullfighters, enjoy some great music by Stinky Cheez and even try your hand at riding the mechanical bull for eight seconds. 

This of course is just the warm up for Saturday’s (December 3) Professional Bull Riding at the Kempsey Showground.

Gates open at 4pm, with rides, jumping castle and face painting for the kids even a mechanical bull.

The main event kicks off at 7pm with Australia's best bull riders battling it out against the country's fiercest bulls.

Tickets available at the gate or are now available at Ray White Rural in West Kempsey or Thurgood Haulage on Macleay Valley Way.

Blue Moon Bullriding is in the final planning stages of the fifth annual “Farley Brothers Charity Bullriding” event. 

The event will be focused around raising much needed money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, however, creating a great night of entertainment for the whole family is always one of our main goals.

The four previous events have raised more than $28,000 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

With riders from all over the world (New Zealand, Texas, Canada) at previous events, this year looks to be no different.

Since turning 18, until the injury in 2011, I had lived and worked as a professional bull rider, predominantly in the US but also travelling to all five countries which are a part of the Professional Bull Riders (USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Australia).

In past years the spectators and riders alike were impressed with the quality of the events we presented.

The top bulls in the country will be there to take on the riders – this year they will travel from as far as Roma in central Queensland to Southern NSW.

Creating an event that keeps everybody from the bullriders to the fans satisfied is my goal.

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