MOST people use the weekend to unwind from a hectic week at work, relaxing and spending little energy enjoying time with friends.
Taran Chirgwin is not most people.
After a full week of work on Curtis Island, the Calliope bullrider travels to wherever in the state the next rodeo happens to be, just to conquer the 700kg-plus animals.
He is generally on the road from anywhere between Cairns and Brisbane, but Taran gets a break from travel this weekend when he competes in his home town.
He is not able to relax through, with some vital points on offer in the Queensland Rodeo Association Series.
"I have won a few events this year and am leading the series that Calliope is included in," Taran said.
Taran has proven he can lead the pack in CQ - he has twice won home events and took out an event earlier this year in Rockhampton.
"I won two years in a row on junior bull (at Calliope) and had seconds and thirds in other events," he said.
With the championship in his sights and an easy weekend in terms of travel, Taran will be busy trying his hand at two categories across the weekend.
Riding in both the open bull and rookie bull events, the 19-year-old will practise on the easier bulls in rookie to have a full tilt at the open class.
"Open bull is for better class riders, like A-grade, and reserve grade is for rookie - it is just how good the bulls are," he said.
"I am mainly focussing on the open bull to get a few more points up for the championship; I think there are about four or five events left."
With a home win and championship on the line for Taran, the bullrider may be in for the eight seconds of his life come Saturday night.