BULL riding enthusiasts will be strapping themselves in this Saturday night's Observer PBR Touring Pro Bull Ride at Marley Brown Oval.
And none are more excited than bull rider Jason Mara.
He hopes to use his skill on a bull called Ugly Kid Joe, where he won the bull riding event in Toowoomba, to carry through in Gladstone.
"I have never ridden at Marley Brown before and not sure what bull I will be riding on Saturday night," Mara, 30, said.
The previous year has been anything but perfect because of injuries, but the fencing contractor who has worked on cattle stations around the Northern Territory and Queensland border, hopes that is all behind him.
"I have done my groins and have hurt my collar bone and shoulder, but I am getting over the injuries," Mara said.
The vigorous sport would naturally bring injuries to the forefront for some riders, but that's not the case for Mara.
"I had a big spell and the key is not to think about the injuries," he said.
Serious bull riding began almost 20 years ago.
"Once we moved to Cloncurry, I started to win a few senior titles," Mara said.
Balance and strengths are keys in bull riding and of course physical fitness.
"It's only an eight second sport and you would want to get the best bull," Mara explained.
When Mara was asked how often he competes, he said that it's a regular thing.
"I try to compete all year round and I am usually on the road each weekend," Mara said.
Tickets are still available from pbraustralia.com.au or at the Harvey Road Tavern, or at the gate.